If you only go to one State park in Florida this one has to be high up on the list especially if you want to see springs rather than beaches. It hosts one of the largestand deepest freshwater springs. It has supposed year round swimming (72F) (I have to say thats too chilly for me!!!) but its absolutely beautiful. You cantake guided boat rides and...more
When you visit Wakulla Springs, you have to do the boat ride(s). There are two types, the jungle cruise and the glass-bottomed boats.The jungle cruises are always operating, unless the weather is horrible. Cost is US$4.50 for adults and US$2.25 for children. You'll see all sorts of animals and plant life on your 45 minute cruise up the Wakulla...more
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The restaurant is much like the accompanying lodge. It's a simple and gracious place to spend some time. The cuisine is basic Florida and Southern cooking. This is not a place that you'll find pate, sushi or nouveau cuisine. What you will find are fresh ingredients, well prepared in the ways of old Florida and the deep south.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant has two basic specialties...
Southern Fried Chicken, a classic deep south recipe. Nicely spiced, crispy and hot, this is the real thing. You don't get this kind of chicken up in New York.
Gulf seafood of all kinds. You can get grouper, shrimp, oysters, whatever, cooked a variety of ways. But for my money, plain old Florida fried gulf shrimp or grouper is the way to go. Fresh? This stuff was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico less than 12 hours earlier.
Miscellaneous: Wakulla Springs is home to many different animal and plant species. And, unfortunately, a couple zillion of them are bugs. Make sure you pack your repellent and you use it. Dust the tops of your sox and around your belt to avoid chiggers, too. Nature is great when it doesn't bite, so be prepared.
About 40 miles southwest of Wakula Springs is Cape San Blas on the Gulf of Mexico. A little known place which is on a peninsula jetting out into the Gulf along the Panhandle of Florida. Port St Joe is the closest town along route 98. It is a good fishing area and also swimming from the white sands that follows the many houses along the shore. I spent a lot of time riding my bicycle along the peninsula. Hurricanes in about 2005 have devasted many of the businesses in the area and several homes are still for sale.
Wakulla Springs exists in its pristine state today quite possibly due to the stewardship and care of Mr. Ed Ball. Before bequeathing the Springs area to the state of Florida upon his death, Wakulla Springs was part of Mr. Ball's private north Florida real estate holdings...A little history on this extraordinary guy, the recipient of a coveted...more
There are many hiking trails in and around Wakulla Springs. All are enjoyable and most will lead to an opportunity to share in the Springs' plethora of animal and plant life. In some cases, you might want to keep your eyes open at water's edge.... remember that photograph of the huge alligators.Here is a photo of my wife and daughter walking the...more