Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

So….I started this series for my readers that live here in Florida about places to take your guests.  Cause you know you are going to get them.  Young, old, , everyone wants to come to Florida and especially to the Nature Coast.

First place I posted about was Alpaca Magic USA.  

Followed that up with Weeki Wachee State Park.

(Are you getting tired of photos of my grandkids yet?)

And now, you know I have to tout Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

If you come to visit me, you will go to this park.  All of the grandkids expect it when they spend a few days and even though they’ve been many many times, they still love it.  It’s just such a cool park and it’s almost in my backyard!

Right now both Jack and Piper love the alligators the best.

alligators

I like the otters.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State ParkIt’s clean, spacious.  Lots of volunteers that are eager to answer questions.  The boardwalks and bridges throughout the park can easily accommodate a stroller or a wheelchair.

There are many varieties of birds.  Many in rehab or here because they couldn’t survive in the wild.

Bald Eagle

How about that pose for a photo op? The eagles have badly damaged wings and will never be able to fly.

flamingo owls

ibis

Native flowers,

flowers lily

Manatees,

manatee

You will always see manatees at the park because they have a four or five captive that can not live in the wild. During winter months the springs are open to the wild manatees. There are hundreds when it gets cold.

manatee manatee

and many other creatures.

Yuma

This is Yuma but I just found out that there is a new panther at the park. Sakata is 8 months old and not in the main area yet.  Looking forward to meeting him.

lu the hippo

If Lu isn’t in the water, beware! Lu has quite a spray area when he goes potty! Very nasty.

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Don’t miss the wildlife encounter at 10:30.

screech owl

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

The Education Center has activities for the kids and the volunteers are always happy to see kids come in.

discoverycenter

And so many photo opportunities for your guests.

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Homosassa Springs State Park

We have an annual state park pass that gets two of us in for free.  Otherwise, Adults (age 13 and over) $13.00. Children (6 through 12) are $5.00.  Under 6 and it’s free!  You can also get a discount out of the local touristy ads and magazines.  The Friends of the Homosassa Wildlife also offer a seasonal pass to the park.  No matter what you end up paying, it’s worth it.  Spend an hour or half a day.  You will love it.

Friday Meanderings

Friday again. And it’s still hot. But we did get a bit of rain yesterday.  Just a bit. And it was a blessing. And I’m almost over being sick.  Sheesch.  Summer cold.  Miserable.  Two grandkids came to visit while I was sick plus Great Grandma Shirley. Besides not being a very good hostess, I probably sent them all home with a summer cold.  Sorry guys. I really was sick.  I … Continue reading →

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Mermaid Amanda and Piper

A couple of weeks ago when I posted about Alpaca Magic, USA, I stated that I would be posting the next week about other local places to take your guests, young and old.   Dropped the ball on that one! But I’m back.   And I’m all about Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this week. I take all my guests there, young and old. The adults like the whole idea … Continue reading →