Edward Ball State Park & Lodge

Directions:  On the Byway just east of the intersection of SR 267 and SR 61.

Description:  Wakulla Springs is internationally known as one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world and the park is host to an abundance of wildlife, including White-Tailed Deer, Alligators, Suwannee River Cooters, Manatees, Wood Ducks, Anhinga, Yellow-Crowned Night Herons, other birds, and snakes.  Daily guided riverboat tours provide a close 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 but remember that the water temperature remains a constant 69 degrees year-round!  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.  Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Activities: Birding, wildlife viewing, swimming, photography, hiking, and boat rides.

Facilities: 6,000 acres. Lodge with full-service dining room overlooking the spring, gift shop, hiking trails, horse trails, interpretive exhibits, picnic areas, restrooms, showers and changing rooms.

Minimum time to allow:  One to two hours.
Fee:  Yes.
Hours:  8:00 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year.
Contact: P: 850-224-5950
floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings