Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs

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  • I am not an outdoorsy person so I wasn't sure whether I'd enjoy being here, but encouraged by my boyfriend who loves outdoor entertainment, we came for the day. Now I regret not arriving earlier becau...  more »
  • We spent a few hrs here passing through on our way home. Lots of people but not over crowded (especially for memorial weekend) we wanted to take the boat tour but they were sold out during the time we...  more »
  • A lovely spot with a beach, swimming area, restaurant, lodge and a great pontoon boat ride given by the Florida State Park Department personnel. The boat ride through Wakulla Springs provided plentifu...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice park with a swimming area (closes at 6:30 due to gators) Boat tours - they do sell out! So go purchase your tickets at the river front when you arrive to get your tour time. If they are sold out the ranger at the front gate will let you know so that you don't pay to come into the park. They do take credit cards for the boat tours. Have to line up 15 min or so before the tour. Entertaining rangers point out lots of gators and some birds on a mile or so down the river and back. They do not go the entire length of the river in the park. The ranger explained that part of the river gets no human contact except for an annual survey. No private kayaks or boats allowed to launch at the park. Swimming is restricted to a roped off area, and you understand why after seeing all the gators on the boat tour. There is also a 7 mile walking trail. We were able to ride hybrid bikes on 1 mile of it with no problem. A lodge with a good dining room is on site. Excellent sea food - very fresh. I got it grilled and it was amazing. Someone else got a fried platter and it was HUGE. The soda fountain closes early - around 5 I think. And was very slow service.
  • The Springs and nature are beautiful. The restaurant was very disappointing. Service was slow and we had to ask twice for things she forgot. The waitress refilled our sweet tea I with in sweet tea. The oysters were dry and very small. When our food arrived I discovered a fly had been fried into the batter of my fish. Managers response was ''well we are surrounded by woods".