Definitely NOT the place to hold your wedding or any type of large event. We spent months planning an elaborate wedding ceremony and reception only to see our big day snarled by uncoordinated and unprofessional staff who seemed entirely uninterested in customer service. Nearly everything we had requested got fumbled pretty badly. The lack of organization was extremely frustrating. They are chronically understaffed. Logistical nightmares abound, and the back terrace is NOT properly air-conditioned, making for restless and sweaty guests. To top it all off, several guests including the groom complained of bedbugs. Beware! Have your large event elsewhere!!!
Unique Quality: You can't beat the natural beauty of the location, but the rooms are overpriced and the staff is disorganized and unprofessional. Food was good, and we enjoyed working with Chef Mark on the reception menu. Event planning staff are in over their head. Enjoy the springs and skip the Lodge!!!
Directions: Part of the Wakulla Springs State Park, about 30 minutes south of Tallahassee.
During the warmer months the park provides a swimming area in the same spring where all the nature abounds. There is a sand beach and diving platform for anyone liking to view and join in the animal world around this swimming hole. There are several state parks that offer views of manatees and alligators but this was our personal favorite because it was the quietest and fewer tourist types. We had gone to 5 of the north Florida Parks.
Unique Quality: This hotel was opened in 1937 and still has it's authentic appearance and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The rooms we did not see due to staying in an RV for the winter. We did get to eat delicious food prepared by the university students taking classes relating to food and hotel management. The hotel is located above one of the largest underwater channels of the Wakulla River.
Directions: About 25 miles south of Tallahassee near the St Marks Wildlife Sanctuary. Both can be seen in a day from the city.
Here's a look at the largest of the Wakulla Springs Lodge's rooms.... it's a family double. Two double beds and room for one more cot...maybe...
As you can see, these are old fashioned rooms. Clean, comfortable, but nothing luxurious. This is an opportunity to live in the past, folks.
The Wakulla Springs lodge was build by the original owner and developer of the Wakulla Springs property, Mr. Edward Ball, in 1937. It is done in an old spanish style that prevails in many Florida buildings from the 1920s and 30s.
Today, the lodge is managed by Florida State University's College of Hotel/Motel management. Many of the people working the front desk and various shops are FSU students enriching their education with some hands-on training.
Accomodations are simple and gracious. Nothing fancy here, just peace and quiet, and the opportunity to experience a Florida retreat that has, for the most part, retreated from the Sunshine State recreational menu.
You don't find places like this down in Orlando or Miami!
Unique Quality: First, there is the proximity to the lovely Wakulla Spring(s) itself. The opportunity to stroll among the cypress and pines after a meal is certain to lower the old blood pressure.
There are also many items of historical interest in the immediate area. Park rangers are happy to instruct you.
Into hiking? There are wonderful hiking and birding trails literally AT your doorstep.
Last but not least, it's just a memorable place to stay. There's a reason that the Wakulla Springs Lodge hosts hundreds of weddings every year.
Directions: From Tallahassee, drive 16 miles south on Fla State Rd 61. When you reach an intersection with state rd 267, go east for about 1/2 mile to the entrance of the park.
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
Address: 550 Wakulla Park Dr, Wakulla Springs, Florida, 32305, United States