Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
About Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER
Fall will soon be here bringing cooler temperatures at
In addition to the four resident manatees in the spring, the park has been rehabilitating manatees from other facilities on a temporary basis.
The Park is proud of two recent additions including a new Shore Bird Aviary and the new Homosassa River Walk and Manatee Observation Area. The Shore Bird Aviary allows park visitors to enjoy this greatly expanded habitat, which includes an interior walkway and observation area. This is great for nature study and photography. It has also allowed the Park to increase its shore bird population. Most of these birds have been permanently disabled, therefore would not be able to survive in the wild. This project was made possible through a generous $100,000 donation from the Felburn Foundation and by a much-appreciated $1,000 grant from the Friends of Florida State Parks, which provided funding for all the native-plant landscaping within the aviary.
The park’s beautiful new Homosassa River Walk and Manatee Observation area was recently completed. We are grateful to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park for their sponsorship of this project. This elevated boardwalk starts at the park entrance and surrounds the main spring to the Fish Bowl underwater observatory. The viewing area is glass-fronted with bleachers and space up front for visitors with disabilities to have an unobstructed view of the manatee programs.
Start your visit with a leisurely pontoon boat ride down Pepper Creek to the wildlife park. Along the way, you may see ospreys nesting, limpkins, herons or egrets wading in the creek, wood ducks swimming along; not to mention turtles sunning on logs, fish and, maybe even an otter or the occasional alligator. Every day a different experience awaits.
And that’s just the beginning. Our elevated boardwalk system provides a great view of the wildlife, including a cougar, Florida Black bears, bobcats, deer, alligators and a wide variety of wading birds, birds of prey, and songbirds.
The park's resident manatees make the first-magnitude spring their home, along with fresh and salt water fish that are free to come and go. The Fish Bowl, a floating underwater observatory, offers an unequalled, below-the-surface view of manatees and fish in the crystal clear spring environment. Three manatee programs, two Wildlife Encounters, and an alligator program are presented throughout the day, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about the
A Reptile House offers close-up viewing of native snakes and other reptiles, while our Children’s
The Wildside Café at the park’s West entrance offers indoor and outdoor dining.
Many events are on the fall schedule including our popular Haunted Tram Rides. Be sure to look at the complete listing of our Special Events for more information on this and other upcoming events.
This is a day you will long remember and is the ideal family outing. Leave your everyday worries behind you as you set out to explore the Real Florida at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and all our Florida State Parks.
Our dedicated employees and friendly volunteers are waiting to welcome you!
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.
- For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
- Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
- 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446
- Florida State Parks Pet Policy
The park provides complimentary kennels at the main entrance of the park on US 19 for those visitors traveling with pets. They are self-service and free. Pets are not permitted inside the wildlife park. Service animals are welcome where the public is normally allowed.