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Jody Goes to Homosassa Springs

The next time you are headed to Florida, think about stopping at Homosassa Springs. Visitors to the Wildlife State Park can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park’s underwater observatory in the main spring. The park also showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American aligators, American crocodiles, and river otters.

Even in winter, with its cooler days, there are many reasons to visit the park. You can start your visit with a leisurly pontoon boat ride down Pepper Creek to the wildlife park. Along the way you may see ospreys nesting, limpkins, herons or egrets wading in the creek, wood ducks swimming along, not to mention turtles sunning on logs, fish and, maybe even an otter.

Once you get off the pontoon boat you can walk leisurely along the elevated boardwalk system for a great view of the wildlife, including a Florida panther, cougar, bears, bobcats, deer, alligators and a wide variety of wading birds, birds of prey, and songbirds.

During the winter months with the gate open in the Long River bridge, the wild manatee have access to the warmer waters of the first-magnitude spring. On colder days, you may see dozens of wild manatees in the spring and spring run and thousands of fresh and salt-water fish that are free to come and go.  The Fish Bowl, a floating underwater observatory, offers an unequalled, below-the-surface view of manatees and fish in the clear spring environment. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s Fish Bowl is probably the only place in the world where you can enjoy an underwater, close-up view of manatees without getting wet.

There is also a Reptile House, Children’s Education Center, a picnic pavilion to enjoy your own picnic lunch, a cafe with beverages and snacks, and two gift shops.

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Jody Victor In Weeki Wachee

Florida is a state known for it’s beautiful beaches and wonderful tourism. Since 1947, the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs have delighted visitors. Even today, visitors can still witmess the magic of the mermaids, take a river boat cruise or paddle down the spring fed, crystal clear Weeki Wachee River in a conoe or kayak. The average water temperature is 74 degrees year round. The State Park is 538 acres featuring a first magnitude spring and a 400-seat submerged theatre for watching the live mermaid show.

This fun filled park also offers a flume ride, called Buccaneer Bay, for thrill seekers of all ages. There’s a white sand beach area and covered picnic pavilions for a relaxing day for the entire family. They also provide audiences with with an entertaining and educational look at domesticated birds and reptiles as part of their animal shows.

They are located on US 19 at the intersecion of State Road 50, just north of Spring Hill and south of Homosassa Springs.springs