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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

This unique state park is one of several old Florida tourist attractions that were built around first-magnitude springs. The main attraction is the Florida manatee.

Image of The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including red wolves, Florida panthers, black bears, bobcats, Key and white-tailed deer, alligators, river otters, and many more--all seen by visitors from an elevated boardwalk that winds through their enclosures in a natural setting.The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including red wolves, Florida panthers, black bears, bobcats, Key and white-tailed deer, alligators, river otters, and many more--all seen by visitors from an elevated boardwalk that winds through their enclosures in a natural setting.

Homosassa is a rehabilitation facility for injured manatees, and the spring is also a natural winter refuge for a large wild population. These manatees can be seen every day from an underwater observatory in the large spring pool, as well as from the overlooks and boardwalks along the spring run. Diverse and abundant fish are also seen from the observatory, including many marine species. Manatee and other wildlife programs are offered throughout the day. In addition, the park features a children's education center, providing hands-on experiences about Florida's environment.

Homosassa contains a native wildlife zoo and a rehabilitation facility for injured manatees, and also provides a natural winter refuge for a large wild manatee population.

Transportation from the visitor center on U.S. Highway 19 to the West Entrance is available by tram or boat. The park is located in Homosassa Springs on U.S. Highway 19.

At a Glance:

Activities: Manatee viewing, native wildlife zoo, education center, zoo programs, boat tour, wildlife viewing, picnic area, snack bar

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: No

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: No

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

4150 S. Suncoast Boulevard

Homosassa, FL 34446

Phone: (352) 628-5343

Get More Information:

http://floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/

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