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In 1937, financier Edward Ball took his idea of quiet elegance and placed it gently in the most serene place he’d found on his international travels, Wakulla Springs. He imported marble and tile, hired artisans in iron and stone, and introduced to the world a most unique retreat.
This world-class wildlife viewing event takes visitors on a two mile loop downstream and back among majestic bald cypress trees, elegant wading birds and toothy alligators. Manatees are often sighted, but their presence is not dependable. A camera is highly recommended to capture the candid images of the river’s fauna. The ranger-led tour not only highlights the wildlife, but often includes stories of human interactions with the spring.
The Lodge at Wakulla Springs is not only one of the most elegant buildings of its period but also one of the few where you can stay overnight. Located in the middle of Wakulla Springs State Park, the Lodge’s 27 rooms overlook one of the country’s largest springs. Timeless natural beauty, legendary history, and cozy comfort can all be found at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.
The Lodge offers space for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, celebrations, and events with exceptional venues. Featuring highly acclaimed service, our team works with you to transform our spaces into whatever your unique event requires.
The River Boat Tour along the Wakulla River is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Tallahassee area!
Host your wedding in the majesty of The Lodge and the heart of Wakulla Springs State Park.
After extensive work on restoring the habitat at Wakulla Springs, manatees have returned to the springs. These gentle creatures come upstream to stay in the waters of the Springs in the fall for the warmer spring waters.
Enjoy the delicious cuisine of the Edward Ball Dining Room or grab a snack at the Soda Fountain.