Upcoming events

    • Thursday, December 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Mystery in the Swamp
    Thursday, December 19
    6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Free with Park Admission. (Meet in the lobby of the Lodge)

    The painted ceiling of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs is a reservoir of mystery and beauty. Join the ranger-led presentation to marvel at the characters, wildlife, ships, coats of arms, and scenery incorporated on its cypress panels. Stay for a sumptuous dinner in the grand dining room following the presentation. You won't want to miss the All-You-Can-Eat Fried Shrimp Special for $19.95. What a great way to decompress toward the end of a busy week! *Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free appetizer with a dinner purchase.

    Call 850-421-2000 for dinner reservations.

    • Saturday, December 21, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
    Saturday, December 21
    8:00am-12:00 pm
    $18.00 Adults, $10.00 Students
    (Friends Member Discount $5.00 off regular Adult ticket)


    Follow the amazing underground journey of our precious water "blue gold" with Florida springs expert, Jim Stevenson. This fascinating behind-the-scenes tour traces the journey southward from Tallahassee through one of the longest and deepest cave systems in the world to Wakulla Springs. Peer into our underground aquifer though pristine sinkholes not accessible to the general public. This is a journey to Florida’s largest spring that everyone who lives in our beautiful Big Bend region should experience!

    Car caravan/walking tour departs from Cascades Park with 7 stops of interest on the way to Wakulla Springs State Park. Tour proceeds benefit the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.  

    Tour Details

    Call Palmetto Expeditions, (850) 926-3376 for reservations.

    • Saturday, December 21, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Evening Cruise & Dinner 
    Saturday, December 21
    $29.00 per person.  (Tax, Tip, and Beverages not included)
    Reservations Required

    Enjoy this particularly picturesque evening cruise during the holiday season on the scenic Wakulla River followed by the culinary delights of a dinner buffet in the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs.  Please call 850-421-2000 to pay for your reservations for this exceptional entertainment value. Please arrive in the park by 4:30pm to provide time to check in at the front desk of the lodge and meet the captain at the waterfront for a prompt 5:00pm departure.  Space is limited.  

    Please call (850) 421-2000 to make your reservation.

    • Wednesday, January 01, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Morning Nature Walk (First Day Hike)
    Wednesday, January 1

    Free with Park Admission (Meet in the Lodge Lobby)

    Welcome the New Year in with this very popular ranger-led early morning trek through its varying forest communities.  Habitats alter with slight changes in elevation. Enjoy the cooler season in the woods. For those early rising guests in the magnificent Wakulla Springs Lodge, those wishing to burn a few calories after or in preparation for breakfast in the dining room, or for those who are simply curious; this walk through the winter woods has a beauty all its own. 

    Please call (850) 561-7286 to make your reservation.

    • Saturday, February 01, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Wakulla Springs
    • 184

    Advance purchase prior to Jan. 20 strongly recommended: $16, children under the age of 12, $8. Tickets include, admission to park, lunch and entertainment. $20 at the door.

    At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 this new event honors the memory of people who left traces of their lives along the Wakulla River. The Wakulla River Heritage Carnival celebrates with music and food the connections the river provided to the Caribbean islands. Join us for Windows on History with Yazid Johnson and his drumming circle opening the event at 11 a.m.  Discover who surprised the Apalache natives on the river in 1528. Are there any survivors of the native populations that would include Creek and Black Seminoles?  

    Following lunch your energy can be worked off to the music of Common ‘Taters and the Turn-Ups, a southern funk band playing from 2-3:30 p.m.

    There will be enough time for you to board a river cruise (not included in the price) or take a leisurely walk at the park.

    Check out the MENU HERE

    Space is limited and advance tickets are available through Jan. 20.

    HELP is needed for this event please CLICK HERE for details or 

    Contact Madeleine Carr to sign up. Carrmh2@gmail.com
    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Membership meeting at the Lodge with special program and boat ride.

    Coordinate with lodge staff for hors d’ouevres, set up audio visual material for Veranda and Library. Set up membership table to renew membership (with cash box and written material). Staff membership table.

    Need:  Event Captain and Volunteers

    Yes, I want to help

    • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Downtown Tallahassee, Park Avenue

    Table at event promoting the Friends and upcoming Car Show

    Get canopy and table with decorations to event in Tallahassee. Stay at table between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Arrange for printed material and any kid’s activities, if necessary.

    Need:  Event Captain and Volunteers

    Yes, I want to help

    • Saturday, April 04, 2020
    • Wakulla Springs Grounds

    Volunteers needed! - please contact Don (Phoenix94@centurylink.net or 544-0037) or Steve ((251-7143)

    Last year we were overwhelmed by the response.

    185 vehicles including exotic supercars, classic American iron and even a 52' pink firetruck!

    The Motorcycle category brought out an incredible group, including our first place winner, a 1943 M50 BSA Military.

    This year a special Club area will be added - bring your friends!

    A great family event with food, music and a beautiful beach and swimmimg area a few hundred feet away.

    • Saturday, May 09, 2020

     A 5k and Fun Run event through the Sanctuary at the park.

    Need:  Volunteers

    Yes, I want to help

Past events

Saturday, December 07, 2019 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Saturday, December 07, 2019 Quarterly Road Cleanup
Thursday, December 05, 2019 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Saturday, November 23, 2019 Morning Nature Walk
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Going Native is for the Birds
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Evening Cruise and Dinner
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Bike Ride to Hidden Spring
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Mystery in the Swamp
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Humanatee Festival 2019
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Humanatee Festival/Early Boat Tour
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Spooky Springs Evening Cruise & Dinner
Saturday, October 26, 2019 History of Horticulture
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Spooky Springs Cruise
Sunday, October 20, 2019 Annual Friends Members Beach Bash
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Morning Nature Walk
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Saving Wakulla Springs Overland Tour
Thursday, October 17, 2019 A Timeless Glimpse into Florida's Elegant Past
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Going Native is for the Birds

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