LAMORES RECREATIONAL WIZARD travel blog

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Map of the park

Lu

A two headed turtle!!

Our boat into the wild unknown of Homsassa Springs

Dan, Michael,Austin,James

OK- it's feeding time

Hello - Lu to human -did you hear me?

Obviously not - maybe this will work

Ahhhhh - I'm ready anytime now

OK -I've moved closer - I'm still waiting

You're making me go back this I love you routine

I got her attention - YES

False alarm - I'm going into my pout mode

Yet still pouting - maybe a little deeper might work

How's this - am I pitiful enough yet?

Yes bring it on

Finally - 1 cantaloupe squared & center

Florida Alligator

Florida Alligator

Alligators on the bank

Pompass Grass

Turtle on a branch

Florida Palm

Homosassas Spings Photo Opportunity

Great Egret

Great Egret

Egret

Anhinga

Turkey

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Flamingo

Flamingo

Black Vultures

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Roadside Hawk

Creasted Caracara

Roseatta Spoonbill

Mottled Duck

Black Bear

Grey Fox

Grey Fox

Red Fox

Florida Panther

Florida Panther

Florida Panther

River Otter sign

Otter

Turtles

Gopher Turtle

Feeding the Manatees

Manatee

Manatee

Under water view of a Manatee

Manatee Care Center

See how clear the springs are

Plenty of fish to see

No entry allowed past that point

Taking a break before the ride back to our truck

Gift Center at the west gate

James & Michael -time for a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors

After a long day at the park

James

James

The ride back

Wood duck nest

Passer byers

Beautiful Mural at the entrance

Definately a place to see

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LU

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Homosassa Springs


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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park


This is a very interesting Florida State Park that has a long history. If you go back before the time of Disney there were many Florida side road attractions, they ranged anywhere from your typical fruit stands (that you still see today) to amusement parks. They were sprouting up all over Florida prior to any interstates. Many have been lost and even forgotten. When the interstate came through & Disney took over, however there are a few scattered time capsules that are still left out in Florida worth exploring and this is one of them.


The park was originally a private owned zoo that had monkey's and anything else that you expected to see in a zoo. The big center of attraction back then & still today is what they called the giant fish bowl. The springs by nature came down the river into a deep area where they were able to place a floating barge where visitors could view the Manatees in their natural surroundings below. That major part of the park is still there with many others including Lu the hippo. When the State took over the park there was a decision made to remove all species that are not native to Florida. When it came time to move Lu the citizens of Homosassa petitioned and the end result was that Lu became an honorary citizen of Florida.


Lu is one of the main attractions of the park along with feeding the Manatees program. The park has an abundance of bird species that live at the park even though they have the capability of leaving any time they wish. Speaking of leaving, even Lu did leave during a hurricane but found his way back to the park knowing that's where he wanted to be.


I'm still amazed of how many different birds have decided to make the park their home even though they can leave at any time. Example: how do they keep a Bald Eagle in a space that is clearly marked where the Bald Eagle stays in the park. That is only one example of the way that the whole park is set up.


All said & done we had a great day at the park. We found this was one of Florida's lost treasures and we would like to visit again.




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