Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Signature Event Cancellation
It is DEP’s priority to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and concessions. To support safe social distancing, the following events have been cancelled: the Haunted Tram in October 2020 and The Celebration of Lights in December 2020. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we continue to review and make additional operational changes deemed necessary for the protection of public health. For further updates, please check our Safety Updates Page.
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ticket counters close at 4:45 p.m.
Adults (age 13+), $13; children ages 6-12, $5; children 5 and under admitted free.
Welcome to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Discover the wild side of Florida with the endangered Florida panther, red wolves, manatees and whooping cranes, plus black bears, bobcats and, of course, alligators.
When Homosassa Springs was a popular train stop in the early 1900s, passengers could picnic and take a dip in the spring while train cars were being loaded up with cedar, crabs, fish and spring water. On a 1924 visit, Bruce Hoover of Chicago called it “the most beautiful river and springs in the world.” In this regard, Homosassa Springs hasn’t changed much.
An astounding number of fresh and saltwater fish still congregate in the natural spring bowl — large jacks, snapper, snook and others. Gaze down into the depths of the first-magnitude spring and perhaps catch a glimpse of fish and manatees in their natural habitat.
The park also features a variety of captive animals such as alligators, black bears, red wolf, Key deer, flamingos, whooping cranes and the oldest hippopotamus in captivity. The native wildlife that reside in the park serve as ambassadors for their species, providing visitors face-to-face connections with the animals and their habitats. Each with a unique life story, all of the animal inhabitants are here for the same reason: They are unable to survive in the wild on their own.
Plan Your Visit
Manatee Educational Program
Springs at Homosassa
People Make the Parks
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