Monday, May 24, 2010

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

 
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Last Saturday, my grandson and I visited Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, which is about a 30 minute drive south of Tallahassee. We had a wonderful time and this week I will be showing some pictures from our trip. Wakulla Springs is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world and forms the beginning of the Wakulla River which flows into the St. Marks River and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico. Wildlife found in the park include alligators, turtles, deer, birds, snakes and much more. There are many activities including daily riverboat tours down the river, swimming, nature trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. You can also spend the night in the charming and historic Wakulla Springs Lodge, which was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball overlooking the springs. There are even glass bottom boat tours available when the water is clear. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. For more information, you can visit their website here.

16 comments:

mbkatc230 said...

This is such a beautiful place. We visited the first time we were in Tallahassee, and just loved it. Can't wait to see more pictures. Kathy

Jim Klenke said...

Is this where the fountain of youth is at? I need to find it.

Ms. Moon said...

Definitely one of the major jewels in our crown here. Love it!

Lois said...

Jim--the Fountain of Youth is actually an attraction over in St. Augustine, on the east coast of Florida. Not sure if it works though!

Pam said...

We have wanted to visit there for a long time now. It is a wonderful park.

Sunny said...

Sounds like a great place to visit. Can't wait to see more pictures.
☼ Sunny

Halcyon said...

This sounds like a lot of fun!

Don and Krise said...

It sounds like a great place. Take lots of photos. Oh, and I clicked on your link and read about their tours. They sound wonderful. You'll have to tell us more about "Henry-the-the-pole-vaulting-fish."

Kaori said...

I like their sign! And the river boat tour sounds like fun!

Jacob said...

I remember Wakulla Springs Park...definitely will have to visit some time! Did you go swimming?

It's very hot here, too...did you read where we've just gone through the warmest four months (actually one year) on record? Sure didn't seem that way this winter! But I guess with the ice caps and glaciers melting, something's going on climate-wise!

Lucy the Cat said...

Wow! This sounds like a wonderful place! So much to see and do!

Louis la Vache said...

You take good care of your grandchildren! No doubt they love being with you and will cherish their memories of the times they spent with you!

VP said...

I already like the strange name and the nice sign, so I can imagine the park...

Changli said...

Thank you very much for visit and comment on my blog! see you soon. Changli

Clytie said...

What a wonderful sounding park. One can never have too much wildlife to look at ... even if alligators are included in that list!

Lisa Wilson said...

It's so nice to have places like that within driving distance to just spend the day!