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Homosassa Springs - Accessible Amenities

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

 

Accessible parking

Elevator from Visitor Center to Boat dock levels

Ramps inside Visitor Center

Wildlife Walk and all trails

Picnic pavilions

Wheelchair accessible boat tours and trams

Manual wheelchairs and adult strollers

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Large print publications

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Homosassa Springs - Birding

The .75-mile Pepper Creek Trail offers opportunities for birding and nature study. The trail is paved for wheelchair accessibility. The Citrus County Audubon Society offers monthly bird walks on Pepper Creek Trail.

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Homosassa Springs - Boat Tours

Included in your admission, weather permitting, is a boat tour that transports visitors along Pepper Creek from the Visitor center to the West Entrance to the Wildlife Park. Rangers give an introduction to the park and the Florida Park Service. Native wildlife is identified along the way. The pontoon boats are accessible with a ramp for wheelchairs. There is an elevator from the Visitor Center level to the Boat Dock for wheelchairs and strollers.

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Homosassa Springs - Concession and Restaurant

The Wildside Café is located at the park's West Entrance offering indoor and outdoor dining areas. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To reach the Wildside café, call (352) 503-6843.

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Homosassa Springs - Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Homosassa Springs - Hiking Nature Trail

A 1.10-mile trail winds throughout the Wildlife Park including paved trails and elevated boardwalk systems. Benches and rain shelters are conveniently located along the trail. Bleachers are available at the Manatee Program area and at the Wildlife Encounters pavilion. The park offers many opportunities to photograph the Real Florida and its wildlife. Commercial photographers should check in at the park office.

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Homosassa Springs - Pets

Pets are not allowed at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park because of the captive wildlife. The park provides kennels at the main entrance of the park on U.S. 19 for those visitors traveling with their pets. The kennels are self-service and free. Service animals are welcome where the public is normally allowed.

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Homosassa Springs - Picnicking

Covered picnic pavilions are located in the Garden of the Springs and behind the parking area at the main entrance on U.S. 19. Other picnic tables are located near the main spring and Fish Bowl, and alongside the Alligator Lagoon.

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Homosassa Springs - Restroom Facilities

Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center on U.S. 19, in the West entrance on Fishbowl Drive, in the Discovery Center, and on the Wildlife Walk near the Black Bear habitat. All restrooms are equipped to be accessible for all visitors. 

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Homosassa Springs - Tours

Manatee programs are offered daily at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and at 3:30 pm From April 1 through November 15 the programs are presented alongside the main spring in the bleachers overlooking the Fish Bowl underwater observatory. From November 15 through March 31 the programs are presented alongside the in-ground manatee pool at the Manatee Care Center.

Wildlife Encounter programs are offered daily at 10:30 am and at 2:30 pm at the Wildlife Encounters pavilion. Wildlife encounters introduce visitors to native Florida wildlife.

An Alligator/Hippopotamus program takes place daily at 12:30 pm from the bridge between the alligator lagoon and the hippopotamus pool.

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Homosassa Springs - Visitor Center

The park's Visitor Center and main entrance is located on U.S. 19 and includes a ticket counter, boat docks, accessible restrooms and a concessionaire-operated State of Elegance gift shop and a concessionaire-operated Coffee Corner offering coffee and other beverages and Greek pastries. Panels inside the Visitor Center illustrate the history of the park and Homosassa area. An 8-minute video is available on the park's manatee rehabilitation program in the Florida Room. The Florida Room also features an exhibit of prints of Winslow Homer's paintings from his visits to the Homosassa area. A ramp provides accessibility to the raised platform and its displays. An elevator allows access from the Visitor Center level to the Boat Dock for visitors in wheelchairs or with strollers.

Another ticket counter, accessible restrooms and concessionaire-operated gift shop (the Nest of Treasures) and concessionaire-operated snack bar (the Wildside Café) are located at the West Entrance on Fishbowl Drive.

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Homosassa Springs - Weddings

The park showcases Florida's unique landscape surrounding the headspring of the Homosassa River. This is the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. Outdoor options for your ceremony and reception include a gazebo, river pavilion and garden pavilion, or choose an indoor space at the Pepper Creek Terrace. We have hosted formal garden weddings to a barefoot wedding, and everything in between. We look forward to helping you plan for your special day. For more information email Marie Thompson from Cape Leisure at mthompson@capeleisurecorp.com or call 352-628-5445, extension 1202.   

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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Homosassa Springs - Wildlife Viewing

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park includes the Wildlife Walk and paved trails for wildlife viewing. The Wildlife Walk consists of elevated boardwalks that are accessible for visitors in wheelchairs or strollers. The boardwalk allows an elevated view into the natural habitats and provides rain shelters along the way. The Fish Bowl underwater observatory floats in the main spring and allows an underwater view of the spring and the fish and manatees. A television screen with a viewing control is located on the sundeck allowing visitors in wheelchairs to appreciate a view out the underwater windows.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is an excellent site for birding. The Pepper Creek Birding Trail runs from the Visitor Center parking area along the tram road and loops through the parking areas at Fish Bowl Drive and returns via a boat ride along Pepper Creek. This trail is one of 20 birding trails in Citrus County that are part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. An information kiosk is located at the trailhead behind the parking area of the Visitor Center on U.S. 19. The Citrus County Audubon Society offers monthly bird walks on Pepper Creek Trail from October through April (with the exception of December).