Friday, September 16, 2016

Boat Tour on the Wakulla Springs at Wakulla Springs State Park in Florida

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Boat Tour at Wakulla Springs
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is located in Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee, FL.  It is one of the largest freshwater springs in the world and about 100 Ft. down to the cavern below!  It is so deep that you really do not notice the spring head (where the water bubbles up) It looks like a small current.


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After Nadia and I left the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, we traveled onto Wakulla Springs State Park.  I was hoping we could do both boat tours; the riverboat tour and the glass bottom boat tour.  Unfortunately when we arrived, the glass bottom boat tour was closed.  We learned that it is hard to get a tour on the glass bottom boat now a days, because it is rare for the water to be crystal clear.  The green water does not allow the much needed sunlight to shine through the water to be able to view the deep chasm below. 


Wakulla Springs State Park River Tour Florida

 am not going to lie, I really wished the water was clear for the glass bottom boat tour; but do not fear, the River Boat Tour was worth it!  We had a great narrator who was also the park ranger.
Here is an extremely short video of the beginning  of the tour, my phone was not cooperating with me that day.



We saw a lot of wildlife such as alligators.


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Turtles


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We were even lucky enough to see a manatee.  I was just not able to get a good enough picture of him or her for you.


Manatee at Wakulla Springs State Park in Florida

Nadia and I also saw a variety of birds.


Wild Birds at Wakulla Springs, Florida

We learned a lot of history of the park and that The Creature from the Black Lagoon and some early Tarzan movies were filmed here at the springs!


Wakulla Lodge at Wakulla Springs State Park, Florida
Wakulla Lodge
The park has many activities besides the boat ride.  There are nature trails, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling and bicycling. 


Wakulla Springs Cypress Trees, Florida

Not only can our "modern" wildlife be found here, but actual bones of a Mammoth and Saber Tooth Tiger among other prehistoric animals have been found at the park!

When the Riverboat ride was over.  We went over the Wakulla Springs Lodge.  The Lodge was completed in 1937 and is still open for overnight guests.  There is also a little gift shop and restaurant inside where you can get a nice ice-cream sundae.


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Check out the Wakulla Springs Website for prices and all the activities going on.  There is an extra fee for the boat rides.