Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Rehabilation center for injured animals, with a broad selection of birds and reptiles, including the manatee.
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qn08
San Antonio, TX3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
We had no plans whatsoever to stop; here but just walked in to do something as we had no plans. They asked us if we wanted a boat or a tram, we chose boat, which is $3 extra per person. They shuttled us onto a boat and it quickly filled up. After a short but informative ride that reminded me of the Disney Jungle Cruise. We looked at the map and at first thought this would be a walk around a path looking for animals but no, it was basically a zoo but not so urbanized. This “zoo” had alligators, manatees, owls, birds, deer, a Florida panther, and every otters. They also had a Hippo named Louie who was 63 years old, he was the reason this park formed. Anyways, it is a fun stop to stop at if you want to burn some time and see some animals. Costing less that a traditional zoo it is still a good stop to stop at.
Written October 22, 2022
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London50
Chichester, UK96 contributions
May 2022
Always on our to do list, 2 hour nice drive from Davenport, last visited 2008. The boat tour from car park to main visitor centre is worth the extra $s, winding through the creek saw turtles & other wildlife, boat driver g8v8ng history of park.
Once inside there is a circular walk & we saw the manatees, gators, birds etc.
It was Sat 28th so unfortunately the boats moored at marina on edge was having an event, blasting out music, people swimming. Thus less manatees & wildlife on that side. In previous visits we have seen wild manatees there.
grandchildren 8 & 11 voted the best visit during our vacation,
Written June 4, 2022
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steve
Pontefract, UK12 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is an incredible experience, loads to see. America has loads of state parks and personally I think this is one of the best. There is loads to see, the staff/volunteers are knowledgeable and keep the park in a brilliant state. The manatees are the jewel in the crown but there’s much more there to see, animals, birds etc. You can get in-depth information from amazing volunteers, you can hear the passion and pride in their voices when they talk to you. Kids will love this park because there loads for them to see and do. We didn’t have any food but there is a cafe on site with a nice gift shop, I’d recommend taking bottled water and bug spray with you.
Written May 21, 2022
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BrittanySC
South of the Border, SC58 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
I hate the give this place only 4 stars but I agree with below comments with the price should be adjusted during COVID.

If you do go make sure you plan to be there for the manatee encounter as atleast I felt like I got my $ worth by watching the manatee be fed & while the manatee was being fed in the sanctuary a wild manatee was seen coming up from the other side. Very cool. The entire visit lasted about 45 minutes.

They have the encounter times posted on the website. If you’re going to go during this Covid time, I would highly recommend going during the encounter times otherwise I would wait until it’s reopen as I’m sure it’s a great park when operating at full capacity.
Written October 24, 2020
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twinkle1o1
Manchester, United Kingdom94 contributions
Jul 2022
This was amazing.
Had an awesome walk around seeing all the animals however the highlight was the manatee viewing deck and watching 2 manatees eat their breakfast.
There is a walk on the boardwalk around the lake and around the forest to see the key deer ,the brown bear ,otters ,eagles so many more .
This was an absolute highlight and the wardens and volunteers are helpful and knowledgeable and friendly.
Written August 13, 2022
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liketotravel010
Selkirk, NY216 contributions
Jan 2022
The highlight of our visit was the number of manatees. If you want to see manatees, you need to visit in the morning during the winter months November through March. Our visit was mid January immediately following a short stint of cool weather. There are many other things to see as well. There are multiple enclosed areas where rescued wildlife is being rehabilitated or housed permanently depending on their injury. The enclosures were well maintained and the animals appeared healthy despite their injuries. We enjoyed a picnic lunch but there is food vending within the park. Day passes can be purchased on line the day of your visit. It did not save us any time at the entrance gate but it does guarantee admittance if the park is very busy. It was a day well spent enjoying nature at a very reasonable price.
Written January 22, 2022
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luv2tripalot
Dallas, TX356 contributions
Feb 2020
We started at the visitor's center early, took the first boat to the park. The boat tour was comfortable, not too long and well-narrated by a nice park employee or volunteer. Great sights along the way. The park itself will take about an hour or two max, and we returned in the shuttle which was only a few minutes vs the 15-20 minutes in the boat. Would suggest that if you're short on time. The manatee and exhibits are exceptional. It's old Florida and they are very conscientious and proud, it's so good to see the care and love they have for the animals and the environment. Nice souvenir gift shop too.
Written March 7, 2020
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Scoops81
Grand Cayman23 contributions
Feb 2020
The variety of wildlife is great, and the springs are crystal clear and beautiful. It is great that they offer refuge to so many animals that are injured and cannot survive in the wild (they have an incredible golden eagle who lost a wing due to poachers), but the star, Lu the Hippo, made me sad. I don’t know if it is age, illness or lonleliness, but he did not seem to be revelling in his environment. Also, whilst it is definitely worth a visit, be aware this is a short loop walk with man made enclosures....you cannot go ‘off piste’ and go hiking in the wilderness.
Written February 11, 2020
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Yaboi67
6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Went to this zoo after hearing about it while staying in the area. We were told we could get 10% off with the people we were staying with but before we even had a chance to explain ourselves the receptionist was foul and rude. The first thing you see when you get into the park is a depressed 60 year old hippo. The enclosure is tiny and unsuitable for a hippo. Further into the park there are wild cats who have nothing on their enclosures to entertain them. They have gone mad pacing back and forward. All the enclosures are full of vultures making it harder to see the animals that are advertised here. We watch the feed a manatee talk and were left feeling extremely upset they squashed 3 full sized manatees into the tiniest pool I’ve ever seen just go chuck lettuces on top of them. Would not recommend going to this zoo at all.
Written March 1, 2020
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Melanie V
4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We visited this park years ago on a trip to Florida and really enjoyed it. But this visit was kinda disappointing. First, everyone we met that worked there was pretty unfriendly. With the exception of the guy feeding the manatees, the other people there barely spoke at all. Also, the tram and boat and reptile are closed because of covid still. We are on a road trip through a few states, and even though Florida is on the news as being very "open", we have not found that to be true. $13 a person to walk around a bit is pretty steep. Why are an open air, outdoor tram and boat closed for covid when no one seems to mind if we drop a wad of cash I. The gift shop and cafeteria.
Written June 9, 2021
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