Apr 022013
 

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens

A beautiful botanical garden on the site of an old sugar mill. The ruins of the old sugar mill are well preserved with explanatory signage scattered throught out describing the history of the sugar mill. Authentic 19th-century machinery, including crushing mills, a boiler, and a steam engine are also on the grounds.

The garden itself has a natural beauty with many plants clearly labeled along the peaceful trails. And.. there be dinosaurs.. why? Well you need to go read the signs to find out.

Admission is free but donations are welcome to help keep this place going.


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Mar 142013
 

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

While visiting Florida we decided we wanted to visit the Gulf Coast and see some manatees. From my reading, early morning is the best time to see these amazing creatures since they like to come in and warm themselves in the water warmed by hot springs. We were not going to be able to get there early but it seemed that Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park would be our best chance to see the manatee plus the park showcases native Florida wildlife, including black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, river otters, flamingos, various raptors, and more.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

We spent a few hours touring the park. I was able to get a number of photos of the various animals which I have uploaded to my photo website. We were able to see a number of captive manatees that the park is rehabilitating for release back into the wild as well as a couple of wild manatees that wander into the park to enjoy the warm waters. The park’s other inhabitants were also quite interesting. We enjoyed our leisurely stroll through the park and would definitely recomend it anyone visiting the area.

Check out my photos from the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and let me know which are your favorite critters.


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