Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa Springs

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 1,700+ 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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  • It was a great day out from start to finish, lots to see and do.... the added bonus of a boat trip (with gators) before you even reach the park. Learning about wildlife, in particular Manatees is very...  read more »
  • Walking through here is so wonderful. The animals are looked after and exhibits and maintained very well. You can stand and watch for as long as you want and the otter is very entertaining. The manate...  read more »
  • The visit to this park is a highlight. To park his car on the main road in a large parking lot and continues through a first visitor center. The Park is a few miles away and you can walk there by boat or with a "tram" ride. Arrived at the Park, you pay admission only. Definitely worth the 13 dollars per person. You get an info sheet with map and times of information/feeds. We went with the tram going back and forth with the boat. To recommend both. We arrived in the park were lucky and a "volunteer" has begun with a presentation about the manatees. Very interesting and very good to understand. There were three females who live there in the basin. You can see wonderful swim in water - from the trail or even under water (extra underwater construction with large panes of glass). Also many fish were beautiful to watch. The Park is home to and cares not just manatees but also to many other animals. In beautiful, natural and big enclosures can also - two Florida bears - different birds, pelicans, flamingos, owls - snakes (reptile) - Bobcat and Panther - Hippo (hippopotamus) - Watch otters - alligators - deer/deer. Signs inform about the animals and why to the ex lives a hippo in this State Park. Traveling gabs again an information event with "Robin" a Possum, videos to the Panther, etc. We were 4 hours in the Park. It was a great trip and is absolutely recommended. This State Park offers more than normally, so the higher price is absolutely justified. Here is great the animals care and you can learn much about the animals of Florida.
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  • Stayed in Sugarmill Woods and went here one afternoon. It was better than expected (not that I was thinking it would be bad thought it may be smaller scale). The guides were helpful and there was plenty to see, the highlight being the Manatee feeding. All of our party of seven enjoyed it. The gift shop was well priced and had a nice selection. The park was in good condition and overall well worth it.
  • 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!
  • Great family atmosphere. Makes learning fun and interactive. Took my girlfriends three year old and he absolutely loved it. Especially the fishbowl experience, he loved being able to view the manatees from an underwater perspective. Definitely worth the admittance fee.
  • Could be nice to pay a visit, if your'e around - but could have cost less than it does. An opportunity to see some manatess
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