Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located at 4140 Suncoast Boulevard in Homosassa. Dr. Ray White, marine veterinarian instrumental in establishing the wildlife park for injured and rehab-ilitated Manatees.

Board the tram from the visitor center to the wildlife park or take a pontoon boat and cruise along the river watching an alligator bask in the sun and enjoying the scenery along the way. Inside the visitor center, a photography exhibit from the 1800s an early history of Homosassa Springs to the 2000s a new century begins.

Step down to the underwater observatory and view some of the twelve different species of fish that inhabit Homosassa River. Walk around the outside of the observatory and watch some of the birds that inhabit the park. From November through March, the Manatees arrive for the warmer waters. Stand at the river overlook and try to spot them.

Barred and Great Horned Owls, Crested Caracara a threatened species, and Large Wading Birds can be found throughout the Wildlife Walk. Educational programs and Wildlife Encounters. Walk the 1.2-mile Pepper Creek Trail. Entrance fees and hours of operation on the website.

 

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Dickson Azalea Park

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Welcome to Dickson Azalea Park located at 100 Rosearden Drive in Orlando. Walk down one of the stairways that connects the trail circling the park. Cross one of several bridges to the other side of the park, stop and admire the foliage at the creek below. Pink and Red Azaleas in bloom, ferns and Sabal Palms surround the park.

dickson-azalea-park-026dickson-azalea-park-008Sit on a bench underneath a tree and read a book, meditate, listen to the birds sing while relaxing and enjoying the surroundings. I recommend the park; the best time to go is February and March when the Azaleas are in bloom.