Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa Springs

#8 of 265 in Nature in Florida
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
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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  • One of our best Florida adventures, we arrived around 2:00 on Saturday, kept a leisurely pace and thoroughly enjoyed our day. The folks here are welcoming and helpful, it was a wonderful day, can’t...  more »
  • We loved the park as it was laid out very well and maps were available also. There was a lot to see and the employees were helpful. My only complaint was I would have liked to have seen vending or...  more »
  • An extremely lovely showcase of all the animals that Florida has to offer in a safe environment run by the state mostly helping nurse injured animals either for rehabilitation back to the wild or to act as ambassadors for the species if they are too injured to return. Had a fantastic experience and if you want to explore every nook and cranny, read every description card, etc. you could easily spend 1-2 hours here. Some highlights that you should catch are the manatee feedings, hippo feedings which occur at set times throughout the day, there's a schedule posted at the entrance. Really love the jumping fish that greet visitors right near the entrance/exit. If you time it right, you catch a string of jumping fish. A great experience, low cost place to have some fun for both adults and children alike.
  • Such a wonderful place! Went to look at manatees. Up the road they said there were 0 manatees. We came up just for my birthday and I was so sad. We found this place and it was amazing! Saw so many manatees...mamas, babies, all kinds. Also saw lots of animals...Bobcats, Panthers, eagles, alligators, bears, hippo, so many birds. It had a great boardwalk to walk on and cost less than down the road too. Worth every penny. I highly recommend it.

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