The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Manatee programs are offered three times daily. At the Wildlife Encounter programs, snakes and other native animals are featured. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird-watching. Transportation from the visitor center on U.S. 19 to the West Entrance is available by tram or boat. The park has two concessionaire-operated gift shops and a concessionaire-operated café with a selection of beverages and snacks. Plan 3 1/2 to 4 hours to tour the park. Check the Ranger Programs for a list of interactive events throughout the park each day.
Park info: http://www.floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/
Departure Date & Time: 1/22/2014 8:30am, will wait 15 minutes for late RSVP's
Drive time: About 3 hours each way
Departure location: Panera Bread Parking lot, 4403 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
Cost: $13/adult or $9.10 each for group of 10 w/ 2 weeks prior reservation
Time at park: about 4 hours
Estimated Return time: 7pm
Weather: This trip will be rescheduled if rain is predicted at the destination.
Food: Bring lunch or eat at park concessions, we can also make a fast food stop on the return trip if majority wants to stop.
I can take 4 other people in my van and will have a MEETUP sign on the my van as well as holding a blue and white umbrella.