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Wild About Wakulla

WILD ABOUT WAKULLA features 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, 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 National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Wakulla Springs State ParkThe River Boat Tour along the Wakulla River is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the 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.m;">The River Boat Tours run 365 days a year weather permitting (Temperatures must be above 40 degrees and tours are not conducted during thunderstorms.) The boats are 30 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, depending on 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. The cost of the tour is $8 for adults (13 years old and up), $5 for children (ages 3-12); under the age of three there is no charge.

The riverboat tour should not be missed on your visit to Wakulla County!

 

Explore the natural wonders of Wakulla County with premium guided tours

All of our tours listed will be led by Certified Green Guides. Space is limited on many tours, so pre-registration is required. The cost listed is per person. It is important to consider travel time between locations when planning your day! Tour lengths are approximate and may be slightly shorter or longer depending on your group.

The Wakulla Welcome Center in Panacea, open today 10:30am - 4:30pm to welcome you, provide area maps, attractions, restaurant & tour information, and to answer your questi



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Thursday, Oct. 9 Conference Tour "SAVING WAKULLA SPRINGS"

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SPECIAL TOUR: 2014 EPA Region 4 Section 401 CWA Water Quality Certification Meeting - Follow the amazing underground journey of precious "blue gold" with noted biologist, Jim Stevenson on this fascinating tour tracing the travels southward from Tallahasse 
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Tour Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 "SAVING WAKULLA SPRINGS"

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TOUR DATE: OCTOBER 18, 2014 Follow the amazing underground journey of precious "blue gold" with noted biologist, Jim Stevenson on this fascinating tour tracing the travels southward from Tallahassee to the world famous Wakulla Springs 
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Tour Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 "SAVING WAKULLA SPRINGS"

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TOUR DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2014 *Please Note Departure Change from Cascade Park* Follow the amazing underground journey of precious "blue gold" with noted biologist, Jim Stevenson on this fascinating tour tracing the travels southward from Tallahassee to the 
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Tour Date: December 20, 2014 "SAVING WAKULLA SPRINGS"

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TOUR DATE: DECEMBER 20, 2014 -Follow the amazing underground journey of precious "blue gold" with noted biologist, Jim Stevenson on this fascinating tour tracing the travels southward from Tallahassee to the world famous Wakulla Springs 
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SCENIC BOAT TOUR

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10AM - 1PM MUST HAVE FULL BOAT OF 6 TO RUN CRUISE. LESS THAN 6? CALL US TO BE PUT ON A PAIRING LIST. Tour the area of Spring Creek with Captain Jody Campbell. Visit Smith Island where pelicans and other shore birds roost each year. Jody will beach the b 
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GUIDED TRAIL RIDES

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Farm Trail Rides/Forest Trail Rides . Enjoy guided farm trail rides for beginners or longer forest trail rides for experienced riders through some of North Florida's wilderness areas with Russ Peters of Cypress Run Farms. 
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NATURAL BRIDGE CONFEDERATE BATTLEFIELD

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 10 AM- Located 13 miles south of Tallahassee, the historic site provides the only natural crossing of the St. Marks River for most of the river's length. Join guide Phil Gerrell for a journey back in time. Child $5 
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SHELL POINT SUNSET CRUISE

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PER PASSENGER RATE - MUST HAVE FULL BOAT OF 6 TO RUN CRUISE. LESS THAN 6? CALL US TO BE PUT ON A PAIRING LIST. Climb aboard with Certified Green Guide Capt. Jody Campbell for a scenic sunset cruise into the bay from Shell Point. A relaxing, perfect end to 
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