Florida State Park: Homosassa Springs

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

What a fantastic day my partner and I had.  After you park your car you head inside to get your ticket($10) and you chose between a 20 minute boat ride or a tram will take you to the park. We took the boat ride. Very nice and your guide explains the animals and vegetation along the way.  There are two shows that are a must. The manatee feeding and the hippo feeding. At the mantee exhibit the guide jumps into the water and feeds the manatee's. You can move on to the floating barge over the spring and view the manatee's from there or head down the steps for an underwater view. These animals are fascinating to watch and you fall in love with them. Your asking what is a hippo doing in florida. The hippo is 47 years old. Before coming a state park all the property used to be privitely owned.

No other park wanted this 3000 pound eating machine so he stayed. She is funny to watch, her paitents runs out waiting to be fed and she slaps her mouth on the water and grunts making a lot of noise trying to get the guides attention.

You see owls, american bald eagles, hawks, flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, black bear, grey fox, panther, bobcat, alligators, river otter, key deer, and manatee's. All are native to Florida. The boardwalk takes you completely around the park. It is coverd with pines, oaks, magnolia's, and cypress trees for shade.

After a great day at the park we headed up the road about 12 miles to the town of Crystal River. We stopped at Charlie's Fish House Resturant.  We both got some fried shrimp, scallops, and oysters. GOOD FOOD!!

Hours of Operation

Open every day of the year from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Last tickets are sold at 4:00 p.m. We recommend that you allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours to tour the park.

 

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State …
Manatee
Manatee
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Mike
Tom Turkey
Tom Turkey
Vulcher
Vulcher
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Mike
Red Fox
Red Fox
Owl
Owl
Flamingo
Flamingo
Wooping Crane
Wooping Crane
Pelican
Pelican
American Eagle
American Eagle
American Eagle
American Eagle
Hawk
Hawk
Spoonbill
Spoonbill
Panther
Panther
Panther
Panther
Panther
Panther
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Mike
River Otter
River Otter
River Otter
River Otter
River Otter
River Otter
Key Deer
Key Deer
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Mike
boardwalk
boardwalk
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Mike
Charlies in Crystal River
Charlie's in Crystal River
Charlies in Crystal River
Charlie's in Crystal River
Charlies in Crystal River
Charlie's in Crystal River
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Mike
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Me
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