Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • Wakulla Springs

    12:15pm & 2:15pm Only
$8.00 Adult/$5 Children

    Get into the spirit of the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” as you float over the dark waters of Wakulla Spring in a glass bottom boat.  Be treated to some of the lesser known stories and legends surrounding the spring and the Lodge.   Be immersed in the mystery of “Old Joe’s” assassination.   Discover the allure of “Haint” blue. Delve into the plausibility of ghost stories associated with the lodge. 

    Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis so show up early at the Waterfront Visitors Center to purchase tickets on one of these two unique and limited tours.  Remember: Space is limited.

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Meet at the Park Administration Building

    Free with Paid Park Admission 

    Join Park Ranger and Arborist John Melton along with Horticulturist Betsy Smith (Wakulla Springs Horticulturist 1978-1979) for an informative walk and talk around the lodge and other park outbuildings.  Get the behind-the-scenes scoop regarding the historic landscape of Wakulla Springs. Take home a few secrets behind turning a ‘black’ thumb into a ‘green’ one.

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

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Wakulla Springs

$33.00 per person. (Tax, Tip, and Beverages not included) Reservations Required

    Try this seasonally inspired journey down the Wakulla River on a river boat cruise.  Be treated to some of the lesser known stories and legends surrounding Wakulla Springs and the Lodge.   Enjoy the Halloween themed culinary delights of a dinner buffet in the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

    Please arrive in the park by 5:00pm to provide time to check in at the front desk of the lodge and meet the captain at the waterfront for a prompt 5:30 departure.  Space is limited. 

    Please call 850-421-2000  for your reservations for this exceptional entertainment value.

    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Meet at the Waterfront Visitor's Center.

    It's time to celebrate the "Wakullaphant" (Manatees at Wakulla Springs)!

    Be the first to spy one on the day of the HuManatee Festival. This will be a sunrise tour. Be certain to bring a camera to capture the surprises of early morning on the river.

    Plan for breakfast in the lodge following the river quest. Space is limited.


    • $10 for everyone over 13 years old
    • $7 for children ages 3 -12
    • Please call 850-561-7286 to reserve a space for the tour.
    • Call the Lodge at 850-421-2000 to reserve a room and dinner package for two for only $149 plus tax for the evening of November 1 or 2.
    • Event Essential Eligibility Criteria


    Humanatee Early Boat Tour Festival Info & Reservations

    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    $18 per per person, $10 students (Friends Members receive $5 discount off regular Adult ticket)

    Info & Registration - Nov 2 Tour

    Car caravan tour departs from Cascades Park, Tallahassee, concludes at Wakulla Springs State Park

    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 Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park.

    Call Palmetto Expeditions, (850) 926-3376 to make your reservation and apply your Friends discounted ticket.

    • Saturday, November 02, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center and enjoy specials in the Lodge.

    It's time to celebrate the "Wakullaphant" (Manatees at Wakulla Springs)!

    It’s time to celebrate the “Wakullaphant” (Manatees at Wakulla Springs)! Meet at the Waterfront Visitors Center for a repeating program from 11:00-3:00 detailing the manatee’s natural history in the area and specifically at the park. Information about adopting a manatee will be available as well as some free materials to delight young people. Embark on a river boat cruise for the best potential to see the “sea elephants”. The gift shop will offer 25% off manatee merchandise (get an early Christmas present) while the soda fountain and restaurant join in the celebration with a confection and menu item in honor of the sirenians.



    Humanatee Festival Info & Reservations

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

    This event builds on the Legacy event which was held January 2018. We will expand this to embrace all of the area’s heritage with a theme of “Wakulla River: Gateway to the Caribbean.”

    We will coordinate with area organizations to create a carnival-like atmosphere with food, music and video.

    Need:  Volunteers  Click for details

    Yes I want to help

    • 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 02, 2020
    • Wakulla Springs - Azalea Picnic Shelter

    A public educational event that combines our hispanic heritage with a walk to area sinkholes and an explanation of the difference between sinkholes and springs.

    Real Paella is available to cook at the Azalea Picnic Shelter. Arrange for educational component with geologist(s), have specific time for a walk followed by food. Arrange for music.

    Need:  Event Captain and Volunteers

    Yes, I want to help

    • 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

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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