the homosassa springs wildlife park is located about five miles northeast of downtown on US 19. the park is part of the florida state park system. years ago homosassa springs was a privately owned tourist attraction called nature's fish bowl. the main attraction of the park is a underwater viewing area were you can see manatees and fresh and salt water fish. the park also has reptile exhibits and a hippo which has lived at the park for over 40 years. a very interesting state park to visit in west central florida.
homosassa's most important historic attraction is the yulee sugar mill ruins state park. the yulee sugar cane plantation was established in 1851. the plantation covered over 5,000 acres and had 1,000 slaves. during the civil war david levy yulee was a member of the confederate congress and his plantation produced sugar for the confederate army. after the civil war yulee's slaves were freed and the sugar mill fell into a state of disrepair. the yulee sugar mill is listed on the national register of historic places. admission to the park is free. for more images of the site see my homosassa travelogue.
this florida style home was built by john dunn in 1882. it was originally the homosassa inn that catered to northern sportsmen. james and mary mac rae bought the inn in 1919. in 1932 the mac rae's reopened the house as a lodge and later a restaurant. in the 1990's the house became a private residence. this historic home is worth a look when visiting mac raes's resort.
4076 SOUTH SUNCOAST BOULEVARD
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4076 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446
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10605 Hall's River Road, Homosassa, Florida, 34446, United States
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5300 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa, Florida, 34487, United States
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10137 West Fishbowl Drive, Homosassa, Florida, 34448, United States
5300 South Cherokee Way, , Homosassa, Florida 3448
the old mill tavern is located next to the yulee sugar mill ruins on SR 490. this florida style restaurant and bar serves local seafood and typical american fare. nothing fancy but a good place for lunch and a beer. they have a nice outdoor deck with a view of the sugar mill ruins.
One of the great things about a roadtrip is the people, places and things you discover along the way. As I was driving down the road to see the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park I noticed a sign for "Neon Leon's Zydeco Steakhouse". I love Cajun Food and the name interested me so I decided to stop on my way back down the road. As I entered I discovered the place was named for Leon Wilkeson, the Bass Player for the band Lynyrd Skynyrd and was owned by Leon's nephew. This was majorly cool because I grew up in the same area as the guys from the band and had met them a couple of times. The decor in the restaurant was a combination of rock and roll and Mardi Gras/New Orleans. They serve steaks and a variety of Cajun Food. They have live music sometimes and have a full bar. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Tuesday through Sunday.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed my Seafood Gumbo.
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the shed is a water front bar located at mac rae's marina. they serve beer and wine on a party deck on the homosassa river. they offer live music friday through sunday. a fun place to drink beer, listen to music, and watch the sunset on the homosassa river.
Dress Code: casual.
neon leon's is a restaurant and bar located across the street from the yulee sugar mill ruins. this interesting restaurant offers steaks, local seafood, and cajin cuisine. neon leon's was established by the family of leon wikeson of the southern rock band lynyrd skynyrd. neon leon's hosts live zydeco music weds through sun starting a 5:00 pm. on my visit to neon leon's i came for the music and beer. i ordered the jambalaya which was good. a fun place to eat and drink in homosassa.
Dress Code: casual.
This is a highly rated but enjoyable course designed by Tom Fazio. One of its almost unique qualities is that it is not surrounded by a housing development. And surely a unique quality is that there is more sand than you will see on any course outside a desert. However, the sand constitutes waste areas and not hazards so you can ground your club, take practice swings, etc. Makes it a lot easier for duffers like me. There are two championship courses and a 9 hole executive course as well. Also, unique in my experience are 3 practise holes where you can warm up as well as excellent driving range and putting greens.