Experiences & Amenities
Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures or information in various places around the park.
Please check the Geocaching website for the most up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.
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.
The park offers many opportunities to photograph the Real Florida and its wildlife. Commercial photographers should check in at the park office.
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.
Unable to survive in the wild for various reasons, the park’s captive wildlife are ambassadors for their species, promoting conservation through education.
The Fish Bowl Underwater Observatory floats in the main spring and allows an up-close view of the spring and the fish and manatees. A live feed television screen is located on the sundeck allowing visitors to see view fish and manatees from an underwater perspective.
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 Wildside Café is located at the park's west entrance, offering indoor and outdoor dining areas.
- The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- To reach the Wildside Café, call 352-503-6843.
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.
The visitor center is currently closed to the public
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. Panels inside the visitor center illustrate the history of the park and 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.