St. Marks Trail

  Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail Florida's first designated state trail follows the abandoned railbed of the historic Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad. The trail runs almost due south from Tallahassee to the town of St. Marks, which is at the confluence of the St. Marks and See more details

Wakulla Springs

The source of the Wakulla River is Wakulla Springs. Because of the karst topography, the eastern part of Wakulla is filled with freshwater springs, and circular groundwater fed ponds and sinkholes.  Early inhabitants dubbed the springs, "strange and mysterious waters," an accurate name because in See more details

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory

  GULF SPECIMEN MARINE LABORATORY 222 CLARK DRIVE, PANACEA, FL  323406 PHONE: 850.984.5297   G.S.M.L. is a non-profit aquarium open to the public.  We offer a truly one of a kind experience because we feature not only sharks and sea turtles, but also the rarely seen invert See more details

Wildlife Watching

The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is home to a great diversity of creatures. As you browse through its miles of unspoiled natural habitat you can see animals and birds that aren't to be found anywhere else. As you are slowly driving the blacktop road that winds through the park, you are trea See more details

St Marks Lighthouse

    Between 1828 and 1831, Congress appropriated $20,000 for building a lighthouse at St. Marks, Florida. The contract for the building was given to Winslow Lewis of Boston who built it for $11,765. Viewed from sea, it is easy to see why a lighthouse was needed here. With a low coast and many See more details

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

  Welcome to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass See more details

Wakulla River

The Wakulla River originates from Wakulla Springs, reported as the largest in Florida. The springs and first 3 miles of the Wakulla River are located in the State Park. The clear, cool waters of the Wakulla River flow from Wakulla Spring nine miles to the St. Marks and offer great kayaking, canoei See more details

San Marcos de Apalache

      Welcome to San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park The many different flags welcoming visitors to the park demonstrate the colorful history of this site, from the first Spanish explorers to the present day. The history of this National Landmark began in 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez See more details

Ochlockonee River State Park

  Welcome to Ochlockonee River State Park This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a weeklong vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is See more details

Apalachicola National Forest

  The Apalachicola National Forest is comprised of 564,961 acres on gently rolling flat terrain, and is the largest National Forest in Florida. Located located southwest of Tallahassee, it was established in 1936 on land that was in poor condition due to bad timber and turpentine producing pract See more details

Welcome Center


The Wakulla County Welcome Center in Panacea marks the site of a turn of the Century resort community. In the early 1900s, visitors traveled from across the country, and as far away as Europe, to “take in” the healing waters of the renowned Panacea Mineral Springs. Step inside the Welcome Center to see pictures of the mule powered tram car that carried travelers to this spot, and other classic photos from the past.

Step outside to the deck overlooking Dickerson Bay and experience the natural world of Wakulla. Enjoy a panoramic view of sky, pine forests, salt marsh and sea. Glimpse a majestic eagle soaring overhead. Watch a stately heron foraging in the shallows. Let the warm Gulf breezes blow your cares away.

The Wakulla County Welcome Center is located on Coastal Highway 98 in the small waterfront community of Panacea, Florida, across from the historic Mineral Springs.

Come on in and get acquainted! 

Walk through the doors of the WAKULLA County Welcome Center, and take a fascinating look at local history, art, and “discovery” education.

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Stop in, take time to explore…

Information Center - Obtain maps, and information on where to eat, where to stay, and what to do

Educational and History Displays – Learn what makes the environment in Wakulla County unique, and what gives it a special place in America’s history

Waterman’s Display – A visual story of local fishing and crabbing industry. See why the waters of Wakulla County have been the source of delicious seafood for many generations.

Coastal Art Gallery – Absorb the art of nature as interpreted by various artists. 


Step outside for…

Bird Watching – see eagles, ospreys, wading birds and warblers.

Panacea Mineral Springs – Explore the historic destination of turn of the century travelers, now a privately- owned park and picnic area.



Wakulla Welcome Center

1493 Coastal Highway

Panacea, FL 32346

(850) 984-3966

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