Hubby and I visited the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where visitors are given the rare opportunity to observe(and interact) with Florida's wildlife in their natural setting. Our day started with a 20-minute scenic boat ride (from the Visitor's Center to the park's wildlife park) on Pepper Creek. Along the way, we saw turtles and fish swimming on the clear waters of the river and different kinds of birds. I especially like the very colorful wood ducks.
At the wildlife park, visitors can stroll along nature trails and elevated boardwalks and see up close Florida's flora and fauna, birds, Florida snakes, alligators, animals like deers, otters, bears, bobcats, wolves, foxes, hippopotamus, and a lot more others.
A long-time wildlife park resident, 51-year old Lucifer, the hippo, used to be a movie and television star.
The state park is also a rehabilitation center and refuge to injured or orphaned West Indian manatees, an endangered specie.
Here are more pictures of our visit: