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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Sunshine On My Shoulders. © Katrina Batson
Anhinga drying his feathers.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Butterflies and Lilly © Katrina Batson
Drinking from the Hurricane Lilly.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Shell Station © Katrina Batson
Family reunion has everyone soaking up sunshine.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Fishing for Lunch © Katrina Batson
Tri Color Heron looking around for something tasty.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Waiting for a Snack for swin by. © Katrina Batson
Green Heron watching for something to eat.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Lazy Day © Katrina Batson
Relaxing on the hill and watching dragonfly go by
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park River Turtle © Marcine E Lohman
River turtle laying eggs at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, Florida.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park © Marcine E Lohman
Boat ride at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, Florida.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Osprey © Marcine E Lohman
Osprey nesting at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, Florida as was taken from the boat tour.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park © Marcine E Lohman
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Alligator © Marcine E Lohman
Alligator at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, Florida as was taken from the boat tour.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Osprey © Marcine E Lohman
Osprey at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, Wakulla Springs, Florida which was filmed on the boat ride.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Boat Tour © Marcine E Lohman
The boats that are used on their tours.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Spring tower © John Bunting
Diving tower at Wakulla Springs
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Spring side of Lodge © John Bunting
View of Lodge from the spring side.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Wakulla Springs © John Bunting
Anoterh view from boat, showing water clarity.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Alligators in Wakulla Springs © John Bunting
Many gators can be seen from the boat.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Lodge Entrance © John Bunting
The entrance to the Ed Ball Wakula Springs Lodge
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park View from boat © John Bunting
View from the boat ride.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Lodge Lobby © John Bunting
Nice lobby at Wakula Springs Lodge
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Cypress Trees © Richard Vogel
A dense forest of cypress trees can be found along the shore of Wakulla Springs
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Jungle Like Setting © Richard Vogel
A merganser, ibis, and moorhen all foraging for food.The spring allows for a jungle like setting with its life giving water.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Reminiscent of the African Queen © Richard Vogel
A tour boat glides along the edges of the spring, stopping to view alligators, manatee, and a wide assortment of other inhabitants of the spring.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Manatees © Richard Vogel
Manatees can often be seen swimming in the springs.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park A View Down River © Richard Vogel
Spanish moss hangs from huge cypress trees. This adds to the mystique of the incredible place.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Synonymous with Florida © Richard Vogel
Sunning himself on the shore, an alligator, poses for the camera.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Tour Boat © Richard Vogel
The fall colors select off of the water. This shot was taken of an empty tour boat looking down river.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Ibis feeding on crawdad © Richard Vogel
Lush landscapes and fall colors bring out the best in Wakulla. Birds winter there, and are magnificent to see in their breeding plumage.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Choose Your Path © Richard Vogel
The cypress swamp fed the the spring has its own special beauty. A photographers paradise...
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Natures Painting © Richard Vogel
Turtles and alligators sun themselves on a small patch of earth. The fall colors reflect in the water to create this impressive painting.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Rest and Sun Platforms Abound © Richard Vogel
Spacious rest and sun platforms are found just off of a sandy beach. This gives you a place to rest while snorkeling or just enjoying a little sun.
EDWARD BALL WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK
EDWARD BALL WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK
550 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, Florida   32327

Phone: 850-926-0700
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park. The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. A full-service dining room overlooks the spring; lodge meeting facilities offer an excellent place for retreats. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. To reserve a guest or meeting room, please call the park. Located 14 miles south of Tallahassee on State Road 267 at the intersection with State Road 61.
Lodge
Dining Room

You can enjoy magnificent cuisine and a beautiful view through the arched windows of the Ball Room Restaurant. The dining room features daily specials, fresh seafood and many local favorites including our "World Famous" Navy bean soup plus fried chicken for breakfast. The dining room is open for Breakfast from 7:30a.m to 10:00a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30a.m. until 2:00p.m and dinner is available from 6:00p.m.to 8:00p.m.
Nearby Accommodations
Sweet Magnolia Inn - Saint Marks, FL
BBs / Inns
Our historic inn is located in historic Saint Marks, one of the oldest settlements in North America. First settled in 1527, Saint Marks is a historic little city at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks Rivers. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, it is located just 20 miles south of Tallahassee.
7.9 miles from park*
Swimming
Swimming is allowed only within the designated swimming area near the spring. An observation and diving platform at the spring head allows a splendid view of the spring.


Location
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is located near Crawfordville, Tallahassee

Guided Tours
The River Boat Tour along the Wakulla River is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Tallahassee area. The 40-60 minute world-class wildlife viewing event takes visitors on a three mile loop downstream and back among majestic bald cypress trees, elegant wading birds, and toothy alligators. Manatees are often sighted, but their presence is not dependable. A camera is highly recommended to capture the candid images of the river?s fauna.

The ranger-led tour not only highlights the wildlife, but often includes stories of human interactions with the spring. They sometimes feature the lives of indigenous peoples, movies filmed during the Edward Ball years, and/or the more recent adventures of explorations within the caves that bring water to the spring.

The River Boat Tours run 365 days a year weather permitting (Temperatures must be above 40 degrees and are not conducted during thunderstorms.) The boats are thirty feet long and have a roof. There is also a wheelchair accessible boat that is available upon request.

The Waterfront Visitor?s Center opens at 9:30am and the first boat departs at 9:40am. Succeeding tours depart at varying times dependent upon visitor demand. Greater visitation results in more frequent tours. The last tour of the day during Standard Time departs at 4:30pm EST. The last tour of the day during Daylight Saving Time is 5:00pm EDT.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis for the next scheduled tour of the day only. Because of the unpredictable and sudden nature of North Florida weather, tickets are not sold on tours beyond the next one scheduled. Reservations are not available. Groups of twenty or more are encouraged to make prior arrangements to assure tour accommodations.

Special Early Boat Tours and Cruise and Dinner packages are available on special dates throughout the year. Please see the park?s special event section for dates, times, and associated fees.

Glass-Bottom Boat Tours over the spring basin have become the exception rather than the rule in recent years. Tea-stained or green water impedes the penetration of light needed to view the impressive features of the 120 foot deep chasm of Wakulla Spring. Heavy rains and other unknown factors are thought to be the cause of decreased visibility.

On those rare days (usually in late winter or early spring) when the ?mysterious waters? of Wakulla Spring may momentarily regain their aquamarine tint and crystal clear quality, the gasps of visitors moved by the spring?s abyss can once again be heard. The ancient remains of great furry elephants (mastodons) can be seen resting on the basin?s steep sandy slopes. Schools of catfish dance in the spring?s depths, fish conventions follow the boat, and even out-of-practice Henry-the-Pole-Vaulting-Fish may choose to entertain upon request of the captain.

The 30 minute Glass-Bottom Boat Tour departs at 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm weather and water clarity permitting. The tour times endeavor to take advantage of the sun?s best light. The cost of the tour is $8 for adults (13 years old and up), $5 for children (ages 3-12), and under the age of three there is no charge. To avoid disappointment, it is strongly suggested that the park be contacted prior to expected visitation to ascertain the feasibility of glass-bottom boat operation. Water quality conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly.

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Directions
Traveling East on I-10 to new Exit 196 (old Exit 28). Take SR-263 (Capitol Circle) South 12 miles. Turn right (South) onto US-319/SR-61 (Crawfordville Hwy) for 2 miles. Bear left onto SR-61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for 6 miles. Turn left onto SR-267 at flashing stop light. Turn Right into Park entrance. From West I-10 use new Exit 203(old Exit 30). Take SR-61 (Thomasville Rd) South. Continue on SR-61 thru Tallahassee for 10 miles. Take US-319/SR-61 (Crawfordville Hwy) South for 2 miles. Bear left onto SR-61(Wakulla Springs Rd) for 6 miles. Turn left onto SR-267 at flashing stop light. Turn Right into Park entrance.

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