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There is so much to do and see without ever leaving the park such as hiking, taking a boat tour, swimming and so much more! The activities vary by season. Our summers have chimney swifts nesting in the Lodge and winters bring manatees upstream to enjoy the warmer waters of the springs.
A hike at Wakulla Springs is centered around one of the world’s largest springs, where a swimming area and diving platform awaits. So build up a sweat on a hike, and cool off with a swim.
There are 182 birds that are observed one or more times per year in the 6000 acres of parkland that surround the Lodge. Please refer to the key definitions below for seasonal abundance and nesting information.
The area around Wakulla Springs abounds with butterflies. Just 14 miles from the Lodge is the St. Marks Wildlife refuge, where every year countless Monarch butterflies start their migration across the Gulf of Mexico to Mexico for the winter.
Directly behind the Lodge, you can swim in Wakulla Springs. The water is 68F (20C) year round. Swimming is allowed year round, weather permitting.
During the early 90s, manatees returned to the springs and their presence has been steadily increasing since then. These gentle creatures come to us in the winter when temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico become colder than spring water.
Our summers have chimney swifts nesting in the Lodge. Join us for our annual Swift Night Out event in early September!
Rent adult and children’s bikes, available from 8am – 4pm daily.