Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

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ARE YOU PLANNING TO VISIT WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK DURING THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY WEEKEND?

HAPPY JULY 4TH HOLIDAY!

The Park and Lodge are OPEN! Please make note of the following:

PARK ADMISSION
*Ranger Station transactions are contactless. Bring exact change in cash ($6 per vehicle), your credit card, annual pass, Friends member day pass, or prepaid entry receipt.  (Click link and scroll to bottom of page to make online payment)

On Line Park Admission Payment

BOAT TOURS
*Boat Tours are NOT offered at this time.

SWIMMING
*The swim area has a limited capacity. Wait time to access the water could be 2 hours during busy times. Arrive early and be courteous to others who want to swim.

LODGE
*Guest rooms, Dining Room, and Soda Fountain are OPEN at the Lodge.  The Spring Shop is now open on weekends.  The Restaurant is serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Ice Cream Parlor & Gift Shop are open from 10:00am to 6:00pm.   Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended by phone at 850-421-2000 or opentable.com.

Restaurant Reservations 

GENERAL
*Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart and limit group size to 50 or fewer people.



For overnight accommodations 

The Edward Ball Restaurant is open for Lunch and Dinner, Breakfast restarts at 7:30am on Tuesday June 16th and Ice Cream Parlor & Gift Shop 9am-6pm.


For more information go here:
https://thelodgeatwakullasprings.com/2020-news-and-updates…/

Swimming Update


The Friends of Wakulla Springs, Inc. is the official Citizen Support Organization (CSO), a private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Friends of Wakulla Springs (FOWS) State Park is an organization of volunteers committed to the preservation of the park with the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world for the enjoyment of park visitors for generations to come.

As the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world, Wakulla Springs is a natural and cultural landmark, so there is a great need for its preservation as a Florida State Park. The park has numerous springs that contribute to the Wakulla River run, hence its name "Wakulla Springs."

Profits are returned to the park to support park programs, increase public understanding of park activities, and support the park's long-term preservation and care.



ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY INFORMATION:
The park is open for hiking, picnicking and swimming. Boat tours are not in operation at this time. We expect a busy holiday weekend with afternoon showers. The spring and beach area has a limited capacity so that social distancing is achievable. If visitors arrive after the swim area reaches capacity, they will be notified at the Ranger Station upon entrance. If the visitors choose to still come into the park, they can put their name on the waiting list at the waterfront. While waiting, visitors can enjoy a spot in the shade, walk around the Lodge, have a meal or an ice cream treat at the Lodge, and check back to see their status on the wait list. Once visitors are admitted into the beach area, they are given additional directions to social distance. Congested areas like the dive tower and the floating platforms have a limited capacity and visitors are encouraged to keep the line moving on the tower to give everyone an opportunity to jump. Visitors admitted to the beach area are able to come and go to access the restroom or to visit the Lodge. 

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Located 30 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida, Wakulla Springs State Park offers outdoor activities, environmental splendor, world-class lodging, and is open 365 days per year.

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Become a member and join others who are committed to preserving and protecting the beauty and wonder of Wakulla Springs. Your financial gift and your involvement are critical to help protect this natural treasure.

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We are always accepting new volunteers and always need helping hands. There are as many educational opportunities as there are chances to provide voluntary service. We welcome your involvement.

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Mysterious Waters

Mystery surrounds the early history of Wakulla Springs. The word “Wakulla” may be a modern spelling of ancient Native American origin meaning “river of the crying bird” or “mystery.” Spanish explorers interpreted the Indian word for the spring as guacara. Historians have confused its name based on early maps.”

Edward Ball purchased the property in 1934 and developed it as an attraction focusing on wildlife preservation and the surrounding habitat. The State of Florida bought half of the existing park property in 1986. The other half was added in 2000 to protect the quality of the groundwater which feeds the spring and the large Cherokee Sink.

Local residents and visitors from all over the world enjoy this first magnitude spring for its beautiful diverse wildlife, deep water spring and swimming area, river boat tour and the Wakulla Springs Lodge. Contact the Wakulla Springs Lodge for lodging, catering and events.

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We depend on funding from membership dues and donations. Your membership enables us to continue our educational advocacy and activities. Together we can make our world better for future generations.

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