by Amanda Geronikos
The Wakulla Springs Lodge is located in Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, where families enjoy a wide array of outdoor excursions, from kayaking and jungle boat cruises on the Wakulla River to nature walks on the park’s paths. Wildlife sightings are guaranteed!
The historic hotel was built by Edward Ball in 1937; Ball was an industrialist and powerful figure in Florida politics. Many of the hotel’s spaces have been named for him, including the Edward Ball Dining Room, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served; and the Edward Ball Room (guestroom) where he stayed (and where you can now stay, too). Other old-school features at this hotel include a soda fountain and a bar that used to be Wakulla Springs’ post office. Perhaps the most fun activity is jumping off the dock in front of the hotel and swimming in the river.
Check-in time is 3 p.m.; check-out is 11 a.m. Parking is free.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic hotel
- Views of Wakulla River
- Old-fashioned soda fountain
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We enjoyed the trip back in time at the Wakulla Lodge ( although it was way to cold due to the A/C in the public areas ). The room was neat and clean, the bathroom small but well equipped. The food at the restaurant was good but the staff lacked service skills. We asked for the wine at Happy Hour and were informed that there is a Happy Hour price on bottles aswell. On the cheque we have been charged the regular price...Gumbo, Baked potato and coffee were served without spoons. It took way too long until we received them to start/continue our dinner. Breakfast was pricy and not really our taste.
No tv’s, small somewhat “ antiquish” rooms. Just wonderful ! Loved the Wakulla Lodge. Enjoyed a great dinner in the great old world dining room with large windows looking out over grounds to the river fed by underground springs where adults and children plunged into clear waters from a raised platform.Took a small riverboat about a mile or so down the river where you could see alligators birds of prey fish and large manatee. Had an EGGCREAM at the 20 ft candy and soda pop historical bar in the Candy Store loaded with old style candies your grandmother might have bought for a penny in the 30’. Luxury? Nope Classic yep. Prices? More than reasonable. Give it a shot.