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Welcome to The Lodge at Wakulla Springs! We are excited and honored for you to join us. 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 unique retreat. Get the most out of your trip by visiting these Top Ten Places to Take a Selfie!
(Also, safety first – make sure to keep your phone protected if it isn’t waterproof while taking selfies near the water! You can find phone protectors in the Wakulla gift shop.)
Get an up-close look at the nature found at Wakulla Springs! Our Jungle River Boat Cruise leaves every hour between 9 am to 5 pm and takes you on a journey from the Springs up the river. An experienced tour guide will tell you all the history, environment, and wildlife – including viewing of birds, alligators, turtles, and manatees! Book your boat tour by calling us at 850-421-2000.
A popular resident in Wakulla Springs, “Old Joe” was probably the most photographed alligator in the wild. However, everyone’s favorite friendly 10-foot alligator was tragically killed in the mid-1960s and was found at the bottom of the Wakulla Springs. There was even a reward offered to find the killer! Now “Old Joe” is showcased in our lobby for everyone to visit and is always camera ready, so make sure to snap a pic with him. For more information: https://thelodgeatwakullasprings.com/old-joe-the-alligator/
The quote “from a little spark may burst a flame” means so much to The Lodge at Wakulla Springs as the original roof was caught on fire by a hapless trainee during the Lodge’s use as a military training facility during World War II. That fire did not affect the original marble fireplace you will find at the Lodge today! Ball’s eye to quality and durability can also be seen through his lavish use of Tennessee marble throughout the Lodge on floors, baseboards, thresholds, counters, stairwells, desktops, and tabletops in the gift shop, lobby, and veranda. The marble is fitted so meticulously no grout can be seen.
Looking out over the springs can be so relaxing and beautiful! Throughout the Lodge, we have many windows facing the water, and in our Terrace, there is a Great Gatsby, old-fashion feeling to add to the gorgeous views of the springs to complete the perfect selfie picture.
Have a delicious dinner with a breathtaking view that overlooks the springs! The Edward Ball Dining Room serves an array of southern specialties sure to please both residents and our visitors from all over the world. Our menu has all the classic Lodge dishes, such as Southern Fried Chicken, Beef Liver, and Navy Bean Soup, and also includes seasonal Farm-to-Table creations. Come and enjoy a delicious meal with a view of the Springs.
The Ed Ball Library is full of historical books and memorabilia from Edward Ball’s life – even his and his sister, Jesse du Pont’s, suites are connected to it. Take a photo with a part of history the next time you visit us!
The cobblestone pathway leading up to the Lodge is the perfect selfie location to get the whole Lodge within one photo. Don’t forget about the front sign!
It can be so peaceful right next to the springs, and the dogwood trees make it special. What makes this location at Wakulla so much more incredible are the many manatees that often visit this spot! Getting a selfie with a manatee should be on everyone’s bucket list when they come here.
When you check out these ten places, make sure to send your selfie to us on social media! We hope you enjoy your stay with us!