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Old 08-11-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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We are thinking of planning a family trip to Wakulla Springs. What about staying at the lodge? Is this place worth going to? I understand you can snorkel in the lake, but that there are also aligators. Is this true? Wouldn't that be kind of risky?? Is there anything to do close by for teenagers? Please give me any details! Thank you!
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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Alligators: yes. I don't know what you mean by a "lake" (there is no lake). There is the spring itself which is more or less cordoned off from divers, and a wide pond that it forms. Then there is the run downstream, which has lots of neat stuff to see underwater.

But yes, there are alligators so no one should be swiming alone or near dusk/dawn or at night.

Teenagers? Unless they are the outdoorsy type, their only source of entertainment will be in Tallahassee 20 minutes away, if it is the city you want. Otherwise there are numerous outdoor things to do. Natural Bridge historical site, St. Marks wildlife preserve, and there are several beaches nearby.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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Default Wakulla Lodge and Springs

I stayed at the Wakulla Lodge a few years ago. It was built in the late 1930's, and still had that old Florida charm. There were no televisions in the rooms, but there was one in the lobby. It was very quaint and pleasant. I was there in January, so I don't know about the swimming/diving. I did take the boat tour up the river, and there were numerous alligators sunning on the riverbanks. We used the lodge as a base for other outdoor activities, such as Leon Sinks Geological Area (nice hiking), Ochlockonee River State Park, and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Trenton, Fl
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If you go in the summer, try to stay near areas you can swim and get cooled off. We (and our 13 and 16 yr old boy and girl ) just came back from a week in the panhandle. We canoed, kayaked and snorkeled in the Wascissa, the Econfina, and Holmes Creek- Great trip, our second time this year. I have not been to Wakulla in about 5 years, but the last time I was there I felt comfortable swimming in the spring.
Re: Alligators - I grew up here, and have visited approximately two dozen different springs this summer alone. You may find an alligator in any body of water in Florida. That being said, it's unlikely that you will have any close encounter with a large gator. Park personnel do a very good job of monitoring springs that have big gators near them to ensure that you will not. Most springs will not have large gators in them, anyway. Wakulla is an exception to this rule - there are large alligators in the run and potentially in the head spring. I suggest you take the advice of the park personnel in this matter, where ever you go.
I have visited a large number of the springs and parks in that area, if you have specific questions about one, I'll be glad to tell you what I know.

We also like the beaches at St. George Island State Park, and wildlife viewing in the St. Mark's Refuge.
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