Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

#5 in Best Things To Do in Tallahassee
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465 Wakulla Park Dr.

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Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

Past travelers recommended the boat tour but warn that it only runs periodically since the proper weather and water conditions are required. Additionally, visitors said bathing suits and bug spray are a must when going to the park, since ticks are common along the nature trails and the water is perfect for swimming despite its chilly temperature.

Just 16 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 two passengers. Boat tours cost $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. They run when whenever the spring's water is clear. For more information on activities and lodging, visit the park's website.

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Located about 6 miles southwest of downtown Tallahassee near Lake Bradford and Cascade Lake, the Tallahassee Museum is the perfect attraction for those looking to have some fun outdoors. Moved to its current location in the 1960s, the museum has evolved to include 52 acres of nature trails, living exhibits of flora and fauna, historical buildings, and a zip line and aerial adventure course.

Prior travelers said the outdoor adventure activities and rare wildlife living throughout the property more than justify the museum's admission price. However, even though the on-site parking lot does offer handicapped spots, the absence of paved pathways and accessible ramps makes the property difficult for visitors with mobility limitations to traverse.

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