Homosassa Springs Travel Guide

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    manatees and fish from the viewing area

    by doug48 Written Apr 15, 2008

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    the homosassa springs wildlife park is part of the florida state park system. years ago the springs were privately owned and the springs were called nature's fish bowl. the main attraction of the park is a under water viewing area were you can see manatees and numerous salt and fresh water fish. manatees migrate into the spring in the winter months but you can see fish year round. the park also has alligator, crocodile, deer, reptile, and fox exhibits. you can also take a jungle tram ride through the jungle around the homosassa springs run. a very worth while place to visit in west cental florida.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park
    • Birdwatching

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    by grasshopper_6 Updated Jul 21, 2007

    Diving for calico scallops is a relaxing way to spend the day and stay cool in Homosassa. Scallops are in season from July to September and can be found on shallow grass flats just off shore in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Once on the grass, just dive down ( depths were between 4 and 8 feet) find a scallop just laying there, pick it up and put it in the bag. Repeat until you reach the legal limit of 2 1/2 gallons per diver, or 10 gallons per boat.
    If you don't do this sort of thing every day, paying for the services of an experienced guide is money well spent in my opinion. A local captain will get you straight out to the grass flats in 30 minutes or so. He will know where to find enough scallops for everyone on the boat, and may even help you clean them when you return.
    If you decide to take the boat ride on your own, check state regulations before you go. The season is very short and there are restrictions regarding where you may take scallops in Florida waters.

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    • Fishing
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Family Travel

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    Manatee

    by kyoub Written Jan 20, 2005

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    What ever you do at Homosassa Springs, don't miss the Manatee show.
    You will fall in love with these big lovable animals.
    With a lot of snorting, flapping, and nudging each Manatee wants a cookie. The handler tells you a story about the Manatees and doles out the cookies.
    You can go below the water's surface in the floating observatory to watch them swim by.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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