Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa Springs

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See Florida's animal species in their natural habitat at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. After reaching the visitor center, you can take a scenic boat ride to the center of the park, or opt for a shorter tram ride. The park is dedicated to the preservation of local wildlife, including a variety of birds and smaller animals, as well as bears, deer, otters, alligators, and crocodiles. It is also the center of the renowned manatee preservation program, and these gentle giants are the park’s star residents. See the manatees up close thanks to the underwater observatory. On warm days, you can pet and feed the manatees, but on cold days they stay submerged to preserve their heat. Plan to visit Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park during your Homosassa Springs vacation using our convenient Homosassa Springs online sightseeing planner.
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  • If you love nature and wildlife, you cannot be disappointed at Homosassa Spring State Park and every employee there is friendly and awesome. 
    If you love nature and wildlife, you cannot be disappointed at Homosassa Spring State Park and every employee there is friendly and awesome.  more »
  • Always on our to do list, 2 hour nice drive from Davenport, last visited 2008. The boat tour from car park to main visitor centre is worth the extra $s, winding through the creek saw turtles & other.....  more
    Always on our to do list, 2 hour nice drive from Davenport, last visited 2008. The boat tour from car park to main visitor centre is worth the extra $s, winding through the creek saw turtles & other.....  more »
  • This is an incredible experience, loads to see. America has loads of state parks and personally I think this is one of the best. There is loads to see, the staff/volunteers are knowledgeable and keep....  more
    This is an incredible experience, loads to see. America has loads of state parks and personally I think this is one of the best. There is loads to see, the staff/volunteers are knowledgeable and keep....  more »
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  • Finally we were able to experience an encounter with not only a manatee but two. The place is amazing. The staff very knowledgeable of the flora and the fauna of the area, very nice and ready to help. The boat ride is a most. A small suggestion though, the guide narrative should be also available in Spanish. If not verbally, at least printed or in a digital form. Excellent way to well spend a weekend. Everyone on our party enjoyed the place. A possible come back in the horizon.
  • Great place to visit during the afternoon for families and nature lovers. The visitors center was very informative and offered both a tram and boat to the exhibits and wildlife walk. I opted for the tram and enjoyed the ride through the park. The exhibits are for native injured animals and provided a lot of educational information to visitors. The water was beyond beautiful! Loved the wild walk the most! Definitely recommend!
  • We had such a fun experience at the state park. We got there at just the right time. Lu was swimming around, the manatees and the bear were active, the gators were sunning, and we took a great video of the flamingos and a pelican I’m still laughing at. The facilities were clean. The rangers were very informative and friendly. And the price was wonderful
  • Now this place is cool. They have a hippopotamus named Lu! He will be 62 this year and they throw him a birthday party every year with cake and all! Jan 26th I believe is when his birthday is but it's cool just to see him. He laughs too! As for the rest of the park they have a bear, lots of cool birds like flamingos and spoonbills as well as some big cats. No tigers or lions though. They also have this cool fishbowl that you walk down and you're under water and can see the fish! And boy are there fish! Manatees as well. There's concessions for food and a retail shop stocked with cool souvenirs and the staff is super friendly! You can eventually take a boat tour from one site to another once park service gets it going. Definitely a cool spot to check out with the family!
  • Nice outting. Greeted by friendly and informative staffer. Walked to park instead of riding shuttle. Park itself had lots of birds, gators, and local predators (fox, bobcat, wolves). Not disappointed by the manatees! Saw 4 pretty close up and I huge pod from a distance. Only negative was underwater viewing station but there are signs indicating they are looking to upgrade. Shuttle is a truck trailer with extremely safe driver which was nice to get back to the cars.

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