Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of a very few places where you can see endangered West Indian manatees, Whooping cranes, Red wolves, Key deer, and a Florida panther up close.
The Wildlife Park is proud of two popular major additions this year: a new Shore Bird Aviary that is a naturalist’s and photographer’s dream, and the Homosassa River Walk and Manatee Observation Area.
Visitors are enjoying the greatly expanded shore bird habitat, which includes an interior walkway and observation area. Most of the birds are permanently disabled, so would not survive in the wild. This project was made possible through a $100,000 donation from the Felburn Foundation and a $1,000 grant from the Friends of Florida State Parks for native-plant landscaping.
The beautiful new Homosassa River Walk and Manatee Observation area was generously sponsored by the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park citizen support organization. The elevated boardwalk starts at the Wildlife Park’s entrance and borders the main spring to the Fish Bowl underwater observatory, where a 72-foot, glass-fronted viewing area provides bleachers and a front-row space for handicapped viewing during manatee programs. From the boardwalk system you also can get a great view of such Wildlife Park residents as a cougar, Florida panther, Florida Black bears, bobcats, deer, alligators, reptiles, and a variety of wading birds, birds of prey, and songbirds.
Start your visit with a leisurely pontoon boat ride down Pepper Creek from the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 to the West Entrance on Fishbowl Drive. Along the way, you may see ospreys nesting, limpkins, herons or egrets wading in the creek, wood ducks swimming along, plus turtles sunning on logs, fish, and maybe even a river otter or the occasional alligator. A different experience awaits every day.
This is an ideal family outing day you will long remember. Leave your everyday worries behind you as you set out to explore the Real Florida at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.
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Make the most of your visit to Citrus County, contact Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau for more information about this beautiful area.