Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs

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#6 of 32 in Nature in Florida Panhandle
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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is a Florida State Park in Wakulla County, Florida, United States. This 6,000 acre (24 km2) wildlife sanctuary, located south of Tallahassee, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and designated a National Natural Landmark. It has three nature trail systems which lead the visitor through pine forests, bald cypress wetlands and hardwood hammock. Hikers, bicyclists and horse riders are welcome. The wildlife found in the forest includes white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and many other bird species, while American alligators, bass, gar, various snakes, and West Indian manatee (during the winter) populate the springs, swamps, and river.
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  • What a great and peaceful place!over the quietness (no big crowds), little beach, super clear spring (though it used to be even more crystal clear) and the great boat tour on the spring and river (tha...  more »
  • The boat ride in Wakulla Springs was one of the major highlights during my 3 weeks in the US. We got to see manatees, lots of alligators, birds, turtles, and more. And since we got in the first boat t...  more »
  • A park that is pristine virtually untouched since the 1930's. Hiking, swimming, and boat rides are available. Food is available at the Wakulla lodge. Close to Tallahassee but seems miles away.  more »
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  • So much fun! There is a shorter 5ft drop for younger kids but there is also a 22ft jump for the older ones. Lots of shade on the beach and if you want to see the nature you can take a short boat ride around the spring. Great if you come on a slower day so there are no crowds but still fun on crowded one. The lifeguards are attentive. The food is also not bad. I recommend the coffee ice cream to cool off.
  • Very decent park and tour overall. It's just sad that due to poor environmental regulations and controls in place, local businesses and farms have pumped enough nitrates into the waters to take away a of its natural clarity. Due to that, the glass bottom boats rarely ever run, if at all. On the positive side, you're bound to see lots and lots of gators, turtles, birds and vegetation. If you come at the right time you will see manatees too. Tour was fantastic!
  • Very pleasant, old school venue. The water is 69 degrees and Crystal clear with floating docks to swim to and a two level high dive tower. The boat trips up the river are awesome and different every time. This time we saw an owl, manatee, lots of alligators and other birds, too. Our captain Bob Geiger was knowledgeable and very entertaining.There are hiking trails too. We have never stayed at the historic lodge, but we have eaten at the restaurant there. It is very elegant. There is also a snack bar and gift shop too.
  • You need to visit this place at least once. Crystal clear water, manatees roam around occasionally, great little beach. Water is pretty cold though and if you want a boat tour you need to book it early because it fills up fast.
  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The river ride was awesome. We saw manatee and alligators and so many birds. The bathrooms are clean, air-conditioned and handicap accessible. Everything we encountered was handicap accessible. There was even an available wheelchair.

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