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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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Address: 4150 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa Springs, FL 34446
Phone Number: 352-628-5343
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: Rehabilation center for injured animals, with a broad selection of birds...
Rehabilation center for injured animals, with a broad selection of birds and reptiles, including the manatee.
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Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus...

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Wonderful find on the Nature Coast!

While on kayaking trip to Crystal River, we took an afternoon to drive around the Homosassa Springs area and literally stumbled upon the park and spontaneously decided to visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

While on kayaking trip to Crystal River, we took an afternoon to drive around the Homosassa Springs area and literally stumbled upon the park and spontaneously decided to visit. Paid the fee walked throught the doors and into the park and thought "my word" this is great!! Went back to the car to get the good camera and had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Lovely park, beautiful pink flamingos and other birds and a few animals. I always feel sad seeing them locked up but many or most of these animals have been rescued and are here for healing and protection. Otherwise, there would be none of them at all for us to enjoy - even behind bars. It is a beautifully maintained park... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The park is small but interesting. They have animals in a natural setting that are native to Florida. They even have a couple of whooping cranes that are on the endangered list. You have a choice of taking the tram, boat, or walking from the headquarters to the park.

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Mims, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is our favorite Florida State Park. You can get to the park by taking the tram or the boat. We recommend the pontoon boat. It takes about 25 minutes to get to the park entrance this way. Along the way you slowly travel the river and see Florida nature and wilfelife at its best. When the boat docks, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a great park for the family. Took the boat ride from the US 19 entrance. Very pleasant and informative. The park was a delight for us and our 1 year old granddaughter. The animals are well taken care of and the park personnel are very well informed and helpful. Spend the day or an afternoon, you can't go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I went to this state park about a week ago with my husband and our service dog. We were very impressed. You can get pretty close to the animals which is good for visitors (but I do wish the animals had larger enclosures). There are lovely wooden walk ways all thru the park. There are complimentary 'adult stroller' which are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Wonderful animals, but underwhelming education. Long lines, felt very touristy rather than natural. Good for families and elderly, but missing an overall educational message.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

The park is just beautiful. We were able to enjoy a family picnic just outside the park, and spent hours roaming the property and visiting the animals. We loved the educational seminars conducted throughout the park, and found the people and volunteers working here to be very friendly and informative! Very clean, nice atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Great peaceful walk enjoying the natural setting of Florida's West Coast. I love the natural springs and fishes. Manatees could be seen from an observation deck. A MUST SEE if you are visiting this area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a beautiful park now run by the state. I understand it was a privately run roadside attraction back in the day, but now it is park of the state park system. Many birds to see with most in an open air type setting. All animals and birds are native to Florida except for Lu the Hippo. He could... More 

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