Visit Wakulla County’s Natural Attractions

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Unspoiled by over-commercialized attractions and devoid of a hectic atmosphere, Wakulla County provides a natural getaway. Rich in history, wildlife and adventures that include hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing and snorkeling, Wakulla County is the destination for families to enjoy quality time together.

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The Gulf Specimen Aquarium in Panacea is the perfect place for kids to get close and personal with local marine life at this friendly non-profit aquarium that boasts the largest array of touch tanks in the continental United States. Open touch tanks are filled with a diversity of crabs, sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers. Glass aquariums house a collection of seahorses, octopuses, and jellyfish. Larger tanks feature sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, and saltwater fish.

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Wakulla Springs is another must see while visiting Wakulla County. Families can enjoy a boat ride around this first magnitude spring which is one of the longest and deepest in the world. Swimming is also popular during the summer months with a bathhouse and concessions. Overnight lodging is available at the historic Wakulla Lodge.

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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge provides a beautiful backdrop for hiking. Its landscape encompasses a broad sweep of salt marshes and tidal flats, brackish impoundments, cabbage palm hammocks, and pinelands with great opportunity for exceptional views of birds and wildlife.vnnf1128-13
Water lovers will love a trip to T-n-T hideaway. Located on the picturesque Wakulla River on Hwy. 98, T-n-T Hide-a-way has been providing river or coastal paddling expedition for four decades. They offer kayak, canoe and SUP rentals, instructions, shuttles and fishing trips, guided eco-tours and their most popular the manatee observation tour all led by certified professional guides.

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Delicious seafood can be found at every turn. Posey’s Steamroom & Oyster Bar, Angelo & Son’s, Ouzt’s Too Oyster Bar, Mad Anthony’s Waterfront Grille, Riverside Café, and Spring
Creek Restaurant are just a few of the fresh seafood options. Hamaknockers BBQ and the Sopchoppy Pizza Company are also local favorites.

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Wakulla County has numerous RV camp and vacation rentals as well as the Best Western Plus Inn & Suites, the Magnuson Hotel, Wakulla Lodge, Shell Island Fish Camp and Motel, and the Sweet Magnolia Inn Bed & Breakfast. For more information on accommodations, please visit http://www.visitwakulla.com/Accommodations.

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Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Diane Bardhi, Wakulla County TDC, P. O. Box 67, Panacea, Florida 32346 (850) 926-0919 ext. 716.