This historical Florida panhandle state park has been inhabitant for over 15,000 years and continues to be as popular a destination as it was then. Named for the Timuctuan Indian word meaning “mysterious waters”, Wakulla Springs is one of the deepest and biggest freshwater springs in the world.
From ancient Indians to Spanish missionaries to Creek and Seminole Indians, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park has been a hotspot of human activity. Named after the last man to put his mark upon the area-Edward Ball, this area is filled with his historical buildings and gorgeous lodge that stills houses travelers today.
Edward Ball’s sister married into the Alfred du Pont family fortune and after his death, with the help of her brother, created some of Florida’s most profitable businesses. The St. Joe Company, Florida’s largest timber company is now Florida’s largest landowner and development firm. He also opened the Florida National Bank and owned the Florida East Coast Railroad. While he never served in politics, he was a huge behind the scene player in Florida’s political arena throughout the 1930’s until his death in 1981.
His biggest contribution to the state was his purchase of Wakulla Springs and the surrounding 4,000 acres of land. He built the Wakulla Springs Lodge in 1937. Importing Italian marble, skilled artisans and a myriad of workers, he transformed the area into a playground for the elite. This world class resort still stands today and is open for business.
Twenty-seven guest rooms are furnished with period pieces and the Mediterranean Revival Architecture abounds throughout the lodge and surrounding buildings, making this Florida state park a unique and perfect getaway for romantic couples around the world.
Swimming, snorkeling and boat tours around the springs offer a glimpse into one of the deepest freshwater springs in the world. Glass bottom boats travel daily over the spring, allowing you to see the beauty of the depths without getting wet. And at $8 a person, its one of the best bargains in the state. For more information about lodging, swimming, boating and all of the other fantastic amenities at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, visit the website here.