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Wakulla Springs Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wakulla Springs
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Reviewed July 6, 2010

Beautiful Historic Inn in one of Florida's many beautiful State Parks. Very comfortable rooms and decent restaurant. We enjoyed being "unconnected" from TVs and Internet.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

We traveled to the Springs and took a boat tour while we waited to check in to the Lodge. The boat trip was great! We saw many beautiful birds, alligators, deer, turtles and fish. The boat was comfortable and the guide was wonderful. After our boat tour we were able to check in our room. It was old fashioned -but with all the updates you would need to be comfortable. There was no tv-Thank You!!! There was a great old fashioned elevator! We had a great time swimming in the Spring and eating ice cream in the old fashioned snack bar. It was a wonderful when the park was closing to the public and we werer there with only the other guests to enjoy a quiet dinner in the dining room. We had a relaxing evening in the lobby watching a great lightening show and listening to the rain.
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  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

My family went to Wakulla every year when I was a kid living in the Panhandle. We then moved away and didn't come back again for 20 or more years. When we came back it was just like it was when I was a kid, laid back, quiet, beautiful. It is not a good place if you want nightlife but it is a FABULOUS place if you want to see wildlife. You will see gators, turtles, birds, fish, fishing birds and you may see manatees and wild turkeys. If you're really lucky you might see Tarzan or the Creature from the Black Lagoon (at least on the one TV in the lobby as the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, among others, were filmed at Wakulla). Take the boat ride and if the glass bottom boats are running, which is, as stated in other reviews, rather rare these days, be sure to go on those, too.

The rooms are simple and my wife and I found them comfortable but not deluxe. If you want fancy, this is not for you. If you want to totally relax in peace and quiet go on a week day. Be aware of the Florida State and Florida A&M football schedules as Wakulla gets booked up months in advance by returning alumni. Wakulla is about 15 miles from downtown Tallahassee but it seems like it is on a different planet.

Since we went back the first time about ten years ago, my wife and I have been back to Wakulla 4 or 5 times and we will definitely go again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

Decided to check this out on our way home from South Florida. What a lovely retreat. The boat trip and restaurant were great. We managed to survive without a TV in the room and enjoyed the solice of the lovely grounds. Plan on taking our grandchildren here this summer.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2010

The park and lodge are extremely interesting and teeming with beautiful wildlife however I would not recommend staying in the lodge. The accommodations are simple at best even though the rooms are spacious and filled with interesting architecture. The bed was horrible! We could feel the springs with every move. There are no clocks, tv or wifi in the rooms. The heating system was so loud we could hardly sleep at all.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

Food
The Breakfast at the Lodge is wonderful. Fill up in the morning and you can easily skip lunch or just pack your own snack.
The Lodge restaurant is a good place for dinner too, and certainly has the best ambiance of all the places we tried. However, the food is not spectacular so if you are in the area for multiple nights we recommend leaving the lodge and trying the local cuisine as well. A very good casual spot is called the Seineyard Restaurant, and is about a 15min drive from the lodge. Angelo's is 25min south in Panacea and looks over the Gulf of Mexico. Angelo's & the lodge are priced the same. Seineyard is significantly less expensive but also very casual.

Activities
Definitely do the River Boat cruise more than once if possible, but don't bother in poor weather. To see the manatees your best bet is looking off the end of the diving pier around 7-7:30am. We never saw any alligators from the mainland, but you'll se plenty on the boat cruise. For extended stayers, definitely visit the Marine Specimen Lab in Panacea. If you have kids, you can not miss this place. The hikes within Wakulla park are also very nice for a day or half/day activity depending on length. Trails are well marked and not at all strenuous.

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Rooms are nice but definitely expect the 'rugged, old, cabin' feel as opposed to your sterile chain hotel room. Thermostats in each room make it very nice to control your own temperature. The mattresses are not firm and could use an upgrade, but take a couple of hikes during the day and you will sleep well.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2010

My family and I rented four rooms at the lodge and stayed for three days. We celebrated the engagement of three of my children. The staff at the lodge could not be more helpful. They helped us plan our trip, provided a fantastic dining experience in a private room for our group, and even tolerated the two one-year olds that seemed to find dinner boring. I had the best room in the lodge, it had two queen beds and full pull out couch. The room is so large i was also able to house both babies in two separate cribs, and still had room for the entire family to gather when it began raining. The room overlooks the spring and river with a wall of windows that all open and are screened. A writing desk place in front of the windows was a wonderful place to write, and read the interesting log book of previous travellers. All of the rooms were clean and neat, and the housekeeping staff were kind and respectful of our privacy.
We took the boat tour in the rain, and saw more wildlife than the next day when we took the tour again when it was sunny. The tour guides are excellent, and the lodge is a perfect escape. There is no television, so the family came prepared with board games, and the lodge has many marble checker tables and a wonderful gift store to browse in. On the evening of the engagement party dinner, the storm knocked out the electricity and the lodge ran on generator power. We couldn't have paid for a more romantic atmosphere, with low level lighting, flickering lightening strikes outside, and a fantastic waitress who truly helped make the night awesome.

On a scale of 1-10, the lodge, its staff, and the boat guides were definately a 12!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 550 Wakulla Park Dr, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327-0390
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Wakulla Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wakulla Springs
Price Range: $142 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wakulla Springs Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge at Wakulla Springs is located in the Wakulla Springs State Park near historic Tallahassee, Florida. Considered a Florida architectural landmark the Lodge has been on the grounds since 1937 and is featured, along with the nearly 6,000 acre park and river, on the National Register of Historic Places. Surrounded by canopies of oak, hickory, and beech trees, the natural springs, and Florida wildlife, the Lodge offers an old southern feel and a peaceful getaway for family vacations and reunions, weddings anniversaries, conferences, and other special events. The Lodge also is a perfect retreat for artists, writers, or those that just want to get away from it all. Guests will be inspired by nature's beauty and serenity inside of any one of the 27 guest rooms which overlook the springs, park, and courtyard. In keeping with the Lodge atmosphere there are no televisions in the rooms. ... more   less 
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