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Soda Fountain

Soda Fountain

Soda Fountain

Soda Fountain

The Edward Ball Dining Room
The Edward Ball Dining Room, the Lodge at Wakulla Springs' full-service restaurant, serves three meals daily and is open from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The array of southern specialties offered is sure to please both local residents and visitors from all over the world. The menu has all the classic Lodge dishes, such as Southern Fried Chicken, Beef Liver and Navy Bean Soup, and includes seasonal Farm-to-Table creations. Come and enjoy a delicious meal with a the view of the Springs. Reservations are requested, but not required. Special Buffets are served on Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Lodge Bar
The Lodge at Wakulla Springs was home to the first post office in Wakulla County. It is at the end of the Soda Fountain and still holds a few of the original pieces of post office equipment, such as cancellation stamps and a postal scale. It is no longer a post office, but instead has become the main bar at the Lodge, serving drinks for guests most nights. There is also a mobile bar that can be set up around the property, wherever an event is located on site.

Edward Ball, who built the Lodge, made sure there was a supply of alcohol at the Lodge during the time Wakulla was a dry county. He had a hidden liquor store room off his private suite (room 102) and he loved Old Forester bourbon. This may have been because he was a forester himself, in his work for the Saint Joe Paper Company. It is said he liked a shot of Old Forester in a Ginger Yip, a milkshake-like soda fountain treat that is still made at the Lodge.

Soda Fountain
Enjoy ice cream treats, light bites, and quick food at the Soda Fountain, located right off the lobby and open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Soda Fountain is known for its Root Beer Floats, Cherry Phosphates, Ginger Yips, and Sundaes. Trained soda jerks are still found behind the counter, serving guests these ice cream treats, plus traditional lunch counter food, such as hot dogs, chili, sandwiches, and chips.

Edward Ball felt the Lodge should be part of the community, a place not only for visitors, but also for area residents. He designed the Soda Fountain to be an integral part of the Lodge, and gave it as much attention to detail as the Dining Room. From the opening of the Lodge through today, the Soda Fountain attracts both Lodge and park guests. Some of the more unique items are available to ship nationwide from the Lodge’s online store.

The classic counter is 70 feet 6 inches long, making it the longest marble soda fountain ever built. The front of the fountain was made of one piece of marble that was cut and book matched (the pieces were turned back to back) to make a symmetrical pattern at every joint. The top was cut into lengths for transport, and was put back in the order it came out of the ground so the grain of the marble matched.

The Soda Fountain is also the home to Old Joe the Alligator who was poached from the springs, and a casting of the head of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Private Dining
The Private Dining room is available to host guests’ parties, gatherings, and special events.

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