Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
Lonely Planet review for Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park
This park is the state’s largest all-natural theme park. The headwaters of the Homosassa River are home to a 168-acre park made up of wetlands, hydric hammock and spring-run streams that bubble out of the 45ft-deep Homosassa Spring. The park showcases diverse and often rehabilitating wildlife – manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, alligators, American crocodiles and river otters. Interpretive programs include alligator and crocodile demonstrations, animal encounter programs on snakes or birds of prey, and one on manatees. But best of all, you can also watch manatees and 10,000 fish within a floating underwater observatory. A pontoon boat will take you on an orientation tour, after which you’re free to wander on the nature trails. Plan on spending a few hours here.