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Homosassa: Home of the Manatee

Located in Citrus County, Florida, Homosassa is a city that faces the Gulf Coast. Although nearby beaches are easily accessible from vacation homes in Homosassa, one of the town's greatest draws is its wildlife and rehabilitation center.

The Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Providing a natural habitat for several species as well as rehabilitative services to injured animals, the park is most well known for being a place where tourists can see large numbers of manatees. These migratory marine mammals like the environs of the park because the waters here remain steadily warm in comparison to other areas in the Gulf of Mexico; manatees also like the springs that bubble forth in the park. One of the missions of the park is to help protect the manatee by publicizing the dangers that motor boats can pose to this gentle animal. Combating marine pollution through improved education is another primary mission of this state park.

A famous resident of the park is Lucifer, a hippopotamus with a 40-year career in motion pictures. One of the most pleasant aspects to visiting Homosassa is the chance to see manatees surface in the Homosassa Halls River. Many restaurants line the rivers and diners can enjoy their meals while they watch the manatees frolic.

Other popular activities in Citrus County include canoeing and kayaking on the area's waterways as well as fishing, boating, and snorkeling. There are also championship golf courses to enjoy and ample opportunities for bird watching and hiking.

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