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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

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Address: 465 Wakulla Park Dr, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327-0380
Phone Number: 1-850-561-7276
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Beautiful location, plenty of history and a fabulous meal! Can't wait to return! Take the boat tour and listen to the film history of the spring. Tarzan, Creature from the black... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Pomfret, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful location, plenty of history and a fabulous meal! Can't wait to return! Take the boat tour and listen to the film history of the spring. Tarzan, Creature from the black lagoon and airplane.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful, peaceful.... get back to nature and take a deep breath kind of place. Clear spring and pristine river, birds, gators, manatees, forests, swamps...something for everyone! Swim, relax, read, go birdwatching, take the boat tour or just go for a walk!

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Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a Friday at 9 30 but the place was starting to fill. Perhaps there are better beach areas by other springs, but the grassy area was fine and the water deepened gently. The children would have stayed all day, but still loved the platform. perfect for swimming and snorkelling with the added bonus of a couple of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were there a couple of days after the hurricane passed. The lodge was closed, but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. The rangers were engaging. I found the background of the springs and how the park came to be very interesting. As nature lovers, the boat trip offered many opportunities to photograph the animals and foliage. This was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to cool off in the river on a hot day. The swimming area is nice. It was very clean. Watched lots of people jumping off the platform into the river. The glass bottom boats were running but we didn't go. Very nice Pavilion area with numerous shelters and grills. Would be great for a large family gathering. Enjoyed the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting Destin and were looking for a day trip, something outside the box. We found it! The main attraction here is the spring, which is around 69-70 degrees. We didn't swim, though it looked like fun! We did do the boat tour on the river, which was phenomenal. I don't remember our guides name, unfortunately, but he was... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This quiet gem has a boat ride through the headwaters of the St Mark River not to be missed. Birds, mammals, reptiles all pointed out by our able guide. Great gift from Mr Ball to the state of Florida

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Even though the water was freezing my friend and I had a great time. We also took the guided boat tour down the river and even saw a couple of gators. Luckily we went when it wasn't really packed so we were about to find a spot for us.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were instantly taken back to the 30-40's when we walked in to this beautiful old Florida lodge and were greeted with popular 30's-40's swing band music playing softly in the background. Our large comfortable room was on the 2 floor of this 2 story lodge that we reached by the only operating art deco elevator in operation today. Or... More 

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slidell, la
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cool off on a hot summer day in the swimming hole. This is a wonderful place to step back in time. The swimming hole has a dive platform, a swim out platform, changing rooms and concessions. Lots of shade to enjoy a picnic and relax.

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