Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility, and are working to improve access to services and facilities. Should you need assistance to enable your full participation, please contact the individual park office as soon as possible. Sometimes as many as ten days may be needed to schedule a particular accommodation.

Management & Protection
Florida State Parks are managed as natural systems. All plant and animal life is protected in state parks. Hunting, livestock grazing and timber removal are not permitted. Do not remove, deface, mutilate or molest any natural resources. For your safety, do not feed any animals. Intoxicants and firearms are prohibited.

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

Pets are not allowed in camping areas, on bathing beaches, in concession areas and may be restricted in other designated areas of the park. Where pets are allowed, they must be kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and well-behaved at all times. Service dogs are welcome in all areas of the parks.

State Park Guide
To discover and experience all of the Real Florida at Florida's 145 state parks, ask a Park Ranger where you can pick up a copy of the Florida State Park Guide, or call 850/488-9

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, a showcase for Florida wildlife, offers visitors a rare opportunity to observe these native animals, birds and plants in their natural setting. Fascinating educational programs are offered daily on West Indian Manatees, alligators, crocodiles, Florida snakes and other wildlife.

The park serves as a rehabilitation center and refuge for endangered West Indian Manatees that have been orphaned or injured in the wild and also for manatees that have been born in captivity. The natural spring environment allows them an opportunity to re-acclimate themselves to a more natural environment before they are returned to the wild.

The park does not allow swimming with the manatees because these animals may someday be released and would lose their fear of man, placing them at a disadvantage once they are returned to the wild.

Homosassa Springs offers a variety of gifts that may be purchased from the park or through mail order. Proceeds of gifts such as T-shirts, Florida State Parks Auto Tags, manatee pins and hats are used to preserve and enhance the natural and cultural resources of Florida State Parks.

For questions about ordering call (352) 628-7002, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Regular Rates
Adults (age 13 and over)--$7.95 plus tax
Children (age 3 through 12)--$4.95 plus tax
Children under 3--no charge

Group Rates
(ten or more persons)

Adults (age 13 and over)--$5.30 plus tax
Children (age 3 through 12)--$3.30 plus tax
Children under 3--no charge

Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ticket counter closes at 4:00 p.m.

Manatee 10:45 a.m.
Wildlife Encounters 11:30 a.m.
Alligator 12:15 p.m.
Manatee 1:00 p.m.
Wildlife Encounters 1:45 p.m.
Alligator 2:30 p.m.
Manatee 3:15 p.m.

All schedules are subject to change, weather permitting.

HomosassaWildlife State Park is located in Homosassa Springs, 75 miles north of Tampa on U.S. 19.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446
(352) 628-5343

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