Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park encompasses a total area of approximately 195 acres of land and five acres of water that is situated in Citrus County, Florida and more specifically in Homosassa Springs, which is a census-designated area (CDP) and in an incorporated community that is about 75 miles north of Tampa, on US 19.
The park was officially named the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to honor Elmyra Felburn Schiller who lived between 1943 and 2009. Elmyra Felburn Schiller was a benefactor of the Florida state park system. The park is governed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Several attractions make the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park a tremendous place to visit. First, the park is one of the best places in the area to see a wide variety of animals and specifically manatees. The managers can be seen from an underwater observatory in Homosassa's main spring all year round.
Some of the other animals that can be seen in the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park include bobcats, American alligators, white-tailed deer, black bears, river otters, and American crocodiles. There are also several birds that can be spotted in the park including the likes of songbirds, wading birds, and birds of prey.
Snakes and other native animals can also be viewed in Wildlife Encounter programs, at the park's Reptile House, and in the Children's Education Center. Besides these attractions, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park also offers its visitors several other recreational activities including hiking, birding, wildlife viewing, educational programs, and boat tours.
Some of the conveniences that the park has to offer to include a visitor center, exhibits, picnic area, nature trails, a restaurant, snack bar, and gift shops. Dogs allowed into Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park must be physically restrained either with a six-foot-long leash or in a secure enclosure at all times. Additionally, dogs must be well-behaved and cleaned after by their owners.