Fodor's Expert Review Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Known for having one of the world's largest and deepest springs, this very picturesque park retains the wild and exotic look it had in the mid-20th century, when two Tarzan movies and Creature from the Black Lagoon were shot here. Beyond the 1930s-era Spanish Mediterranean-style lodge (with 27 guest rooms) is the spring where Jungle Cruise boats (reservations required) set off deep into the vegetation-lined waterway to catch glimpses of alligators, snakes, and waterfowl. There's a swimming area and an observation tower that offers the daring a chance to plunge 20 feet into the springs' heart-stopping 69-degree water. In winter, a climb to the top of the tower also affords a great opportunity to see visiting manatees. In the dining room, you can enjoy spring views and a shake at the classic soda fountain.