Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa Springs

(4.7/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange to visit Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and other attractions in Homosassa Springs using our Homosassa Springs itinerary builder.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This was a well spent day of sights, animals, info and friends. Great place if you love the creation.  more »
  • Visited here last year, and came back twice this year. Lots of wild life to see, and plenty of good photographic opportunities, as many of the birds are free-ranging and come and go at will. Others, e...  more »
  • We didn't plan to come here but at the end it was a nice experience. We took the boat to get there from the parking lot and the bus to come back. We were able to see wild alligators, turtles, eagles a...  more »
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  • The wildlife park is the perfect place to see animals indigenous to Florida. The only animal that is not indigenous is the hippo which was a gift to the park years ago. If you enter through the Eastern entrance on S. Suncoast Blvd (RT 19) you can opt to take a delightful boat ride over to the main park. The boat ride will help you get a feel of the true wild Florida corridor of the nature's coast. And who can resist the up close and personal Manatee experience? They are the nature coast's most respected and adored residents.
  • All the staff here were very friendly! I've been to this park a few times before to experience the wildlife exhibits and I must say it is amazing! The other night I visited for a halloween attraction and was not dissapointed! The park provided fun activities for the kids as well as a haunted house and "killer" tram ride. I highly reccomend it!
  • This is an amazing little place! The animals they show are non releasable. Some have missing wings or eyes, some too imprinted for the wild. They release the ones they can and home the ones they can not. It is like rehab/ assisted living for local wild life! No lions or tigers, only Florida native animals, except Lu, the " honorary Floridian hippo", cute story behind that. They have several endangered/ threatened animals such as whooping cranes, red wolves, key deer, gopher tortoises and Florida panthers as well as alligators, bobcats and Florida black bears. Their birds include bald eagles, golden eagle, barred owls, barn owls, many types of pelicans, many types of hawks and so much more I couldn't list. This is a wonderful place you can spend an hour or a day, very relaxing.
  • Bring bug spray in case of mosquitos and yellow flies. The bird sanctuary smells pretty bad, but you can get very close to bald eagles, Florida panthers, a very animated hippo, manatees, and other Florida wildlife. The most notable aspect of the zoo is the volunteer staff...They are hard working, incredibly courteous and informative. The cost for admission is about $10 per person, but if you're a member of the FL Parks, you will get in for less cost. It's worth it and is entertaining for all ages. The walkways are shaded, so you will not be in direct sun, which is nice if you've been out scalloping all week.
  • My wife, two younger sons, and myself all had a great time at the park! I highly recommend taking the boat back to the park entrance! It is worth the wait and the guide is very informative on the area and the park. Several great exhibits! Our favorites were the manatees, alligators, and of course Lu the hippo, who is an honorary citizen of Florida since the park was intended only for Florida native species! The birds were spectacular also. The underwater observatory was pretty cool for an up close look at the manatees! The entire park is very well maintained and clean! Highly recommended for younger kids and kids at heart! Very reasonable price also made it nice!