Once you arrive at the main park, you can follow boardwalks to one of several areas. The most visited spot in the park is likely the underwater observatory with is a reinforced glass view ports that descend below the surface of the springs and which sits directly over the limestone fissure that marks the mouth of the spring. Here, water welling up from the underground aquifer is warmer than surrounding waters and fish and manatees swarm within feet of the glass observation ports.
A short distance from the underwater observatory is raised stadium seating for lectures on the park wildlife. Here rangers speak about the native Florida manatees, the unique eco-system of Homosassa Springs, and the history of the area. Nearby is the a boardwalk that takes tourists through the zoo portion of the park.
Homosassa Springs State Park is home to many resident wildlife species and also some exotic animal species also. One of the park’s celebrities is an African hippo that stared in several television shows and movies. Other creatures that make the park home include wolves, cougars, bobcats, eagles, various bears, otters, Florida dwarf deer, owls, and snakes and reptiles.