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EDWARD BALL WAKULLA STATE PARK
The Edward Ball Wakulla State Park is located on s. r. 267 where it meets s. r. 61 almost one and a half miles south of Tallahassee.
This is one of those glorious state parks with so many different features that you do not know where to start.
There is the lodge with its great restaurant, then the boat tours, then the walking trails, you are spoilt for choice
Edward Ball built this house in the 1930s (he was a financier who used his money wisely) He fell in love with the peace and serenity of Wakulla and determined that he would build his perfect house here; and he did.
The tiles and marble were all imported by him to fulfill his vision and the lodge is pretty much what he created then.
The dining room has stunning views and has been turned into a restaurant. If you arrive early you can take breakfast and there is everything on the menu from omelettes at $5. 95 to sausage and gravy at $4. 95 to griddle cakes at $3. 50. Or if you have a man sized appetite how about steak and eggs at $10. 95?
At lunch times they are noted for their sea food; a sea food platter costs you $16. 95 and salads are around the $9 mark.
If you do not want a full meal there is an old time soda fountain with snacks, drinks and ice cream. Thet are proud of their ginger yip cordial so why not try one of those.
The boat trips are full of the opportunities to see wild life since the animals do not hide from the every day sight of a tourist.
If the water is clear, you can go out in a glass bottom boat; you will see 125 feet right down to the bottom, look out for bream and bass. When it is not clear enough to take a glass bottom boat, the boat tours are still packed with interest. Tours cost $6 per adult and $4 per child. Boat tours last 40 minutes taking a leisurely 3 mile route.
They have a good diary of special events, so check that out before you go. These range from late dinner cruises to ranger tours to runs to raise money.
The wild areas are made up of hard wood forest, long leaf pine and flood plain. Look out for sassafras and american buss woodtrees which are state champions
While here you may see turtles. deer and of course alligators. Birders will want to come in the migration season when they will spot coots and widgeon.
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
550 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327
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