We met our goal of visiting 14 springs months ago, but we’re still touring Florida springs, this time in the panhandle. One of the world’s largest and deepest fresh water springs, Wakulla Springs is known for its sparkling water and diverse wildlife, not only in the state, but world-wide. While this claim may seem far-fetched, on our three mile boat tour down the river we were accompanied by a German family and a group of tourists from Japan as well as some out of staters who were enthralled by the sight of alligators and manatee.
The spring itself covers approximately three acres and flows from a cave near the dive platform in the swimming area of the park. In addition to the riverboat tour we took, glass bottom boat tours are available which provide a glimpse of the mouth of the cave some 100 feet below the surface.
Numerous fish, birds, and alligators inhabit the river and since we were on the water on a cool autumn day with temperatures in the 50s, we even saw several manatee congregating in the 69º water of the spring.
After our boat tour we rode our bikes to the park entrance.
This is where the smaller Sally Ward Spring is located.
Our goal: 14 springs in 2014. Wakulla Springs #18 and Sally Ward Spring #19. It’s springtime in October.