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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
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Crystal River Manatee Swim from Orlando
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Owner description: Rehabilation center for injured animals, with a broad selection of birds and reptiles, including the manatee.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

In the past I had only come here for the Christmas event they do every year, but I actually came by and did the animal portion this time.

Especially if you have kids, you could spend hours here. They weren't doing the boats because of hurricane business when we were there, which I think would have made it even better. Nonetheless, we did the Trolley instead which is a short ride from where you park your car and pay to the actual park. The park has a ton of animals, and does shows at certain times. They have places where you can feed certain animals as well, which I believe requires quarters (big hit with kids). The hippo in particular I thought was an interesting animal to have there. A lot of non-locals come for the manatees which can be hit and miss, but they usually have some accumulated in the pool area that connects to the natural springs, and did when we were there in October.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We could have spent all day here, wandering around but we had a limited amount of time. We had gone to a different location to spot some manatees, but they hadn't sighted any in a while, so we were directed here, which is a place we had originally thought of going to.

A path takes you around the different parts of the park. It is similar to a zoo, but on a smaller scale, with fewer of each animal. All the animals have been injured or had something happen to them where they cannot survive in the wild.

You can view their hippo, alligators, panther, bobcats, manatees, flamingos, eagles, owls, otters, etc. There is a reptile room with various snakes- the handler even brought one out for us to touch. There is also a bird room, where for a quarter you can you get food from to feed them.

They have a pavilion where you can attend talks about animals, as well.

It was easy walking, with wide paved paths, so stroller & wheelchairs could navigate fairly easy. It's a very pretty setting with lots of tree cover & shade too. There are a few snack carts throughout, but they are cash only.

There is a boat tour that is included with admission too, but we missed the last one, which left at 3:30. There is an underwater viewing area however, it was the only thing we found disappointing. We were not able to see anything. I'm not sure if it was due to the water being cloudy or if the windows are cloudy. This is also the one area inaccessible to wheelchairs or strollers- due to going downstairs.

If you spend a large amount of time, there is a dining area up at the front of the building. There are restrooms at the front, as well as some in the back near the reptile house.
There is a trolly that will take you from the main parking lot to the park.
They stamp your hand upon entry, which will allow you to leave & reenter.

Thank SongMan67
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Had a group of 19 friends for a day at this state park. The weather was beautiful and the many animals, all native to Florida except the Hippo were a delight to all. The water in the springs is clear which allows you to see everything that swims by.

Thank Donald G
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We love to visit these pre-Disney Florida attractions, that remain charming and interesting even in these modern days. Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park really is one of these. Don’t forget to say hello to Lucifer the hippo, and be sure to read his story in the museum at the entrance. One word of warning. Check the weather first. There was a tornado warning when we were there so many of the animals were in lock down and no refunds. Well worth a visit though. The manatees were very special to see.

Thank TOM-C--LIVERPOOL
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Wonderful animal sanctuary for Florida native species. The one exception is the old Hippo. Admission is reasonable and well worth it. Take the boat over to the entry of the park. Walkways provide plenty of shade and the park is well laid out. Be sure to view the springs. We took the tram back to the parking lot.

Thank line10
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