Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs

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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. Use our Wakulla Springs trip itinerary planner to add Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and other attractions to your Wakulla Springs vacation plans.
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  • We enjoyed the park on a day when it had rained in the morning and was just starting to clear up. We had hoped to hike but instead took the boat tour. We were not sorry. The ranger conducting the tour...  more »
  • Well worth the trip. Once you get away from the lodge, which is historically interesting and the kids jumping into the Springs off the diving tower. The activity is so loud the Crocodiles don't even c...  more »
  • really enjoyed the park and especially the river cruise. Driver was very experienced and kept us entertained right to the end. Saw plenty of wildlife and also a manatee.  more »
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  • Great place to see wildlife. Make sure you bring your camera and the kids. Take the river tour to see alligators, wild birds, manatees, and fish swimming around the boat. The water was so clear, you can see straight to the bottom. You can also swim in the clear water during the warmer months of the year. Great history at this park. Walk around and explore the park. Staff was really friendly, and helpful. Tours are cheap and worth it.
  • Beautiful, absolutely wonderful place to experience the real Florida. Trails and a beach; the water is cold, but crystal clear, and wonderfully refreshing on a hot day. We took the boat tour and were amazed at the untouched flora and fauna we got to see: birds, turtles, alligators of all sizes including a nest of baby gators, and manatees that like to show off for the people on the boat. Our tour guide was funny, knowledgeable, and friendly. The only complaint that I have is that I wished for a few minutes of quiet to contemplate and listen to the beauty around us.
  • We loved this park! It was off season so there was plenty of parking. Also separate parking for RVs. There was a lodge to stay in with dining and gift shop but we didn't visit that. $6 entrance fee plus we paid $8 x 2 for a three mile river boat cruise that was totally worth it. Viewed manatees, alligators and plenty of birds. Too chilly to swim in the springs but it had plenty of dock area and two small beaches. We definitely will be back.
  • We took the boat tour and I highly recommend it. I was amazed by the untouched beauty of the river, the clear waters, and the abundance of wild life. My favorite was seeing so many big and small alligators both swimming and sitting on the banks of the river. I also enjoyed seeing the many neat species of birds. We also saw turtles and fish. The park ranger gave an excellent tour with lots of interesting facts about the area and wild life. Take the tour, you won't be disappointed!
  • Had a great time here with the family. The buffet at the lodge was very good, definitely recommended. If you do order from the menu, have patience. But the real attraction is the boat tour. If you like wildlife you will be very happy. We went in December which apparently is a great time for it. We saw manatees, egrets, ibis, turtles, herons, many other bird types, and probably 20+ alligators. The kids loved it and I got lots of good photos. Highly recommended.

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