Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa Springs

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#9 of 184 in Nature in Florida
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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  • August 14, 2017
    We all know manatees come on the winter, said that you can expect to learn about other animals, staff is prepared to tell you all about them. Florida panthers, black bear, otters, gators, flocks of be...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Tickets cost €13 for adults. You can go up to 15:00 with the boat to the main building, and then by train. The Park closes at 17:30. For us a great Park, which is not a Zoo! Here are animals hurt healthy maintained. The highlight is the Manatee area and especially the underwater observatory. Bottom line: a must if you are in the vicinity of Cyrstal River
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  • August 11, 2017
    Plan on 3 hours. Old Florida charm. Nice memories for the family. You can see panther, hippo, manatees, flamingos, alligators, bears, eagles and more. All animals are rescues or needed homes. Nice par...  more »

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