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Price: $18.00

NOTICE:  In response to the Coronavirus and concern for public safety, the remainder of our spring series tour dates have been CANCELED.
We plan to resume the tour again in the Fall, so please check back for our new fall tour dates.

The regularly scheduled 4-hour Saturday tour begins at Cascades Park in Tallahassee and ends at Wakulla Springs State Park, 8 a.m. - 12 noon.


Click on your preferred date for registration.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020 Sorry, SOLD OUT
Saturday March 21, 2020 TOUR CANCELED
Saturday, April 25, 2020 TOUR CANCELED
Saturday, May 16, 202 TOUR CANCELED

Student Rate - Use school email address when registering for tour.

Perfect for Students of all ages....Scout groups....Clubs....Senior groups... Additional tours can be scheduled most any day of the week and customized to fit the needs of your particular group (6 or more). Call us for details/scheduling, 850-926-3376 or 850-556-4249. Student Discount Available.

Follow the amazing underground journey of precious ”blue gold” southward from Tallahassee to the mother lode of Wakulla Springs. Join Jim Stevenson, Florida springs expert, on our fascinating tour of the Wakulla Spring Basin which examines the sources and traces the water journey to the world famous Wakulla Springs. See the actual sinkholes hidden away in the woods where exploration cave divers enter one of the longest and deepest underwater cave systems in the world. Learn how this incredible connection of caves conducts groundwater through the Floridan Aquifer from Leon County south to Wakulla Spring. Learn what you can do to help save our precious Wakulla Springs!

Camp Indian SpringsThere are seven stopping sites of interest en route to Wakulla Springs including lakes, sinkholes and the wastewater treatment plant. We will observe land use activities that affect the quantity and quality of the water flowing to the spring and hear about steps taken during the past 20+ years to protect the precious Wakulla Springs. Experience the scenic basin area of Wakulla Springs and observe protection strategies against the enjoyable backdrop of local Lake Munson, Tallahassee, FL vegetation and wildlife. Jim will share his remarkable knowledge of education, stormwater management, wastewater management, land acquisition, land use planning, research, monitoring, and best management practices.

"SAVING WAKULLA SPRINGS" is a car caravan/walking tour. Tour departs from Cascades Park at 8:00 a.m. and ends at the tower overlooking the spring at 12:00 noon. Each tour is limited to 10 vehicles and carpools are strongly encouraged. (Some of the visit sites have very limited parking).

Wakulla Springs State ParkTour covers the entrance fee to Wakulla Springs State Park. Additional options include lunch in the Lodge and a boat tour to observe the wildlife and ecologyLobby Ceiling Wakulla Lodge of the river. The majority of your tour fee will be donated to the*Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, working toward protection of the spring.

If you want to learn why the Floridan aquifer is considered “blue gold” and understand better the journey of water travel and its vital importance to you, "SAVING WAKULLA SPRINGS" is the ideal tour! $18 per person.

Jim StevensonA NOTE ABOUT OUR TOUR LEADER: Jim Stevenson was the chief naturalist of Florida’s state parks for 20 years, the former coordinator of the Wakulla Springs Basin Working Group, and former chairman of the Florida Springs Task Force.

*Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park works to conserve, protect, restore and enhance the natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources of Wakulla Springs State Park for present and future generations.

For additional questions or assistance with your tour registration, please call 850-926-3376.

Wakulla Springs photograph thumbnail courtesy of David Moynahan


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Customer Reviews:

cynthia  (Saturday, 28 January 2012)
Rating: 5
Jim Stevenson is an excellent tour guide! I recommend you bring a camera and notebook because you will surely want to take both. An entertaining and
informative tour, just the right size to feel intimate and the right length to fit my Saturday schedule. I will definitely go again because I am
certain to learn something new next time! Saw manatees from the dive tower at Wakulla Springs. What a great finish to the tour!  (Tuesday, 24 January 2012)
Rating: 5
This was an excellent tour/expedition. Jim Stevensen did an excellent job explaining the Wakulla Springs basin, showing us interesting sites we would
never have known existed without him; and sharing his passion, not only for the beauty of nature, but for its importance to our survival and well
being. The manatees even cooperated and made their presence at Wakulla Springs. Kudos to Palmetto Expeditions on an excellent outdoor experience;
well planned; well done.
rivenbud  (Sunday, 22 January 2012)
Rating: 5
This was a fascinating tour, very informative and unique. The stops along the way and the information that Jim shares from his experience and
knowledge tell an important story that you won't want to miss. I highly recommend this tour!