Winter is upon us, but you couldn't pick a better time to visit Wakulla Springs State Park with family and friends. Temperatures can be on the cool side, but that only encourages a comforting fire in the Lodge lobby. It also encourages the manatees to begin their day frolicking in the 69 degree warmth of the Wakulla Spring basin. It's great fun to watch them from the observation tower once...
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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Welcome to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife which includes alligators, turtles, manatees, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife and are perfect for the wildlife photographer. Glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear to a depth of 75 feet (an event that rarely occurs in the present day). Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. Fall, winter and spring are the best times to enjoy the nature trails where visitors walk beside remarkable karst features and among rare and unusual plants in its old-growth forests. 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 facilities offer an excellent place for meeting retreats, weddings, and other special family and business occasions. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.