Tag: Wakulla Springs State Park

Tallahassee Parks and Museums

We did go to Wakulla Springs State Park last Sunday, but it was not a very successful venture. David went along rather unwillingly, taking his paper and pen with him, not planning on swimming, not ever wearing shorts. He sat under a tree the whole time we were there. Bill’s heels were hurting him again, so he was in pain and a bit out of sorts. When we got to the park and he saw how many people were there and how many people were in the swimming area, he decided not to go swimming and sat on a park bench away from the water, sweltering in the heat. Plus the little black no see’ems bugs are out right now and they just love him, so he spent the whole time batting them away from his face.

I did get wet and yes, the water was very cold. Something like the temperature of Seneca Lake in July (and I rarely found Seneca Lake warm enough to swim in even in late August!).

Looking south on Seneca Lake, New York

I waded in to my thighs and then got splashed a bit by Kat and Miss Munchkin, which actually felt good, as it was a very hot day. Kat got in all the way and Miss Munchkin did too, although she would wade out a bit, play for a bit, and then announce “too cold” and head back to the shore. After about half an hour, we took pity on the guys and headed home. Then we girls went to the pool and enjoyed the water there!

Wakulla Springs is a lovely place, though, and I wish I had remembered my camera. It would be fun place to go to picnic and for Miss Munchkin to play on the playground and maybe even do some walking trails, when it is cooler in the fall. Plus they have glass-bottomed boat tours, which would be interesting.

Last night Kat and Miss Munchkin went to a concert at a local church, where they had a great time. Bill and I and Penny did our evening walk in Southwood and since we didn’t have the toddler in tow, we set a pretty good pace. Poor Penny was pooped when we reached the car and this morning she didn’t want to go out for her morning walk. I can’t blame her. Between the swimming and walking this week, my body is tired too!

Tonight we are going to visit the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science (MOAS). Every third Thursday the museum waives the admission fees in the evening. I need a place to take Miss Munchkin occasionally when it’s too hot to be outside and she needs some new mental stimulation. So we are going to check the museum out and see if it is worthy of a membership. They have a Brogan Buddies science program for preschoolers, but I am not sure she is quite ready for that yet. We spent part of this morning matching up lower case letters (wooden puzzle pieces) to lower case letters on a sheet of paper that I printed off. We had all but five letters matched up when she lost interest and cleared all the puzzle letters off the paper.

Free Admission to Florida State Parks

Tomorrow, July 13th, all Florida State Parks waive their admission fees to encourage children and families to reconnect with nature.

We are planning to visit the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, which is only a few miles from here.

The website states:

Cool off during these hot days of Summer in the beautiful Wakulla Spring. Water temperature is always a refreshing 69 degrees. Our swimming area features a dive tower and two swimming platforms. The crystal clear water is very inviting. If swimming is not in your plans you can enjoy a fabulous boat tour along the Wakulla River. Wildlife abounds as you explore the breathtaking scenery.

Now I am not sure that I will be able to do anything more than dip my big toe in 69 degrees water, but we are going to try out the swimming area. Although the boat tours sound fun too, but that would cost extra, so maybe we will just stick to the swimming plan this time around.