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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

465 Wakulla Park Drive Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The freshwater at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is so clear in some parts that you can see some 100 feet below you (hence, the site's glass-bottom boat tours). On dry land, you'll find that plenty of wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and American alligators call the park home. In a nutshell, there's plenty to see, do and experience at this 6,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, as seen from three nature trails or while exploring the jungle-like waterways.

Travelers on Virtual Tourist recommend the boat tour, but warn that it only runs periodically. "The weather and water conditions have to be just right," notes one user. "If you are fortunate enough to visit Wakulla on a day that the glass boats are running, do not miss it. … You simply will not believe how impressed you'll be when you reach the deep part of the springs. You'll be able to hear a pin drop on the boat, as a hush falls over you and your shipmates." According to a TripAdvisor traveler, "After the boat ride we did take a walk on the trails; these were not well marked and did not seem to coincide with the trail map very well; however, they were pleasant enough and in good shape, and the park is not big enough to get lost in for long, anyway!"

Just 15 miles south of Tallahassee, the park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sundown. Admission costs $2 per person, $4 for a single occupant vehicle and $6 for a car with at least one passenger. Boat tours cost $8 for adults and $5 for children and are run when the spring's water is clear. Visit the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park's website for more details.

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