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Homosassa Wildlife Park
4150 S. Suncoast Boulevard
Homosassa
FL
34446
Tel: 352 628 5343

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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is located in Homosassa Springs, 75 miles north of Tampa on U.S. 19 and 90 miles northwest of Orlando.

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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Showcasing native Florida wildlife, including reptile house, elevated boardwalk nature trails and the stunning underwater observatory from which one may view beautiful West Indian manatees. There is also a hands on children's education centre, where kids can get even more interactive.

Daily Wildlife Encounter programs and Manatee programs offer extra education and insight into the creatures on display and their care, as well as intepretive boards posted about the exhibits.

And don't forget, included in your admission is a guided boat tour along Pepper Creek from the Visitor Center to the Wildlife Park. Your Ranger will introduce you to the area and identify wildlife and points of interest along the way.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13
  • Children$5 to $13
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

The park is open 9am until 5:30pm 365 days a year. The last tickets are sold at 4:45pm.

I'm Hungry!

The Wildside Cafe is located at the park's West Entrance offering indoor and outdoor dining areas. The hours of operation are 9am to 5.30pm..

Healthy Eating!

A picnic area is located in the Garden of the Springs..

Can I get one of those?

The Park has two Gift Shops: The State of Elegance is in the park's Visitor Center and offers unique gifts, clothing, books, etc. on a Florida nature theme. The Nest of Treasures offers a variety of gifts and clothing for kids..

What people are saying?

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    Really a big thing!

    They have a sign "don't miss Homosassa springs SP" on their side entrance. It's the best I could say: nice, clean, variety of animals, not only show, bit a preserve park and worth the 13 Dollars per person ( I didn't claimed the AAA Discount because I would have donated it anyway).

    Been here now for several times, but always go in when I'm in the area.

    Hot tip: before Christmas they have an unbelievable illumination (takes weeks of preparation!!) and some great shows- for just a donation of 3 p. P.. Wonderful!

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    We loved visiting this state park. We went on a somewhat chilly and blustery day which actually ended up being a perfect activity since crowd levels were low and park volunteers were up in number for answering questions or helping out.

    There is a fee to enter the park but ask about a AAA discount.

    We took a boat ride from one end of the park to the other, crossed a street and were suddenly in a beautifully landscaped park. The animals featured in the park are there for rehabilitation and are all local to the state of Florida. That is except for...Read More

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    We had a great afternoon! Really nothing negative I could say. It was a little more expensive than most state parks I'm used to ($12) but its more comparable to a zoo or something so considering that perfectly great bargain.

    From seeing the fish and manatee in the "fish bowl" to the butterfly garden, watching boaters cram into the river on a holiday weekend, Lu the Hippo, the bobcat, Florida panther, black bear, swans (with babies that my wife fell in love with), alligators (no biggie for us Floridians but still), foxes, wolves, owls, reptiles,...Read More

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    My husband and I visited the park on April 11, 2014 and found it to be truly relaxing and beautiful. We were thrilled with the exhibits and hope that at one time, anyone visiting in the area, will make an effort to visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

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    All of the 171 FL State Parks we have seen are beautiful but HSWP stands out as being the best. Truly love everything about this park. It deserves an even higher rating.

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by Amy Mingo

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We loved visiting this state park. We went on a somewhat chilly and blustery day which actually ended up being a perfect activity since crowd levels were low and park volunteers were up in number for answering questions or helping out.

There is a fee to enter the park but ask about a AAA discount.

We took a boat ride from one end of the park to the other, crossed a street and were suddenly in a beautifully landscaped park. The animals featured in the park are there for rehabilitation and are all local to the state of Florida. That is except for Lu the hippo. He's there under special circumstances, which they will tell you about when you visit the park.

The springs feature visiting manatees and a lovely place called The Fishbowl. The Fishbowl allows visitors to walk down stairs to view the fish life from under the water without getting wet.

Visiting this park allowed us to see alligators, manatees, otters, black bear, fox, wolves, flamingos, owls, eagles, reptiles, and all manner of shore and other kinds of birds...all local to Florida. It was one of our favorite parts of our vacation.

by Jason Byrne

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We had a great afternoon! Really nothing negative I could say. It was a little more expensive than most state parks I'm used to ($12) but its more comparable to a zoo or something so considering that perfectly great bargain.

From seeing the fish and manatee in the "fish bowl" to the butterfly garden, watching boaters cram into the river on a holiday weekend, Lu the Hippo, the bobcat, Florida panther, black bear, swans (with babies that my wife fell in love with), alligators (no biggie for us Floridians but still), foxes, wolves, owls, reptiles, bird aviary and pond, etc etc. Very very fun.

Nice ice cream at the concession stand near big Lu really hit the spot on a hot summer day.

We'll be back for sure.... next time with our little one!

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 76° F / 25° C
Humidity: 51 %
Wind: ENE - 8 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 82° F / 28° C
Humidity: 68 %
Wind: SE - 9 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 81° F / 27° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: S - 9 MPH

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