The 50-acre site and surrounding 100 acres was purchased in the 1940s and was operated as a small attraction. In 1964, Norris Development Company bought the property and expanded it as Homosassa Springs' “Nature’s Own Attraction,” with an emphasis on entertainment and a variety of exotic ani…
The 18-hole golf course at Southern Woods Golf Club opened for play in 1992. It was designed by architect Hale Irwin and measures 6,935 yards from the back tee.
Scalloping has become a summer rite of passage for county residents and visitors. Thousands flock to our boat ramps to launch skiffs to head out to the Gulf to snorkel and grab the tasty bivalves. It is an enjoyable family outing in the Florida sun.
Located on Grover Cleveland Boulevard just west of County Road 491 is Alpaca Magic USA, which is home to about a dozen alpacas.
Citrus County boasts some of the best fishing around. Many guides here have gained experience from a lifetime on the water. Professional charter captains know where the fish are biting and can take you there.
David Levy Yulee was one of Florida’s most prominent businessmen in the first half of the 19th century. He built a profitable plantation and mill near present-day Homosassa. The mill processed sugarcane, one of the area’s major cash crops, into syrup, molasses and rum.
The Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is a known asset to county residents and visitors alike. Winding through the trails and boardwalks you can discover the wild side of Florida with endangered Florida panther, red wolves, manatees, flamingos, key deer and black bears, pl…
Enjoy original Cuban cuisine with fresh baked bread from Ybor City — baked daily with no preservatives and creased with palm fronds laid atop. The food here is authentic and unique, featuring hand-crafted Cuban sandwiches, black beans and yellow rice, Spanish bean soup, deviled crab, guava
There is a little monkey business going on atop a tiny chunk of land sitting in the middle of the Homosassa River.
January 2014 a tiny week-old panther was found close to death with a dangerously low body temperature. Biologists and veterinarians performed life-saving measures to revive him.
Shelly’s Seafood is a family-owned and operated fish house and retail market. It is tucked away on the Homosassa River in a historic 100-year-old building.
Ben and Eliza Smith originally started the hotel and acquired its name in 1910. They operated the hotel from 1910 to 1969 when it was closed. The building sat vacant until 1990 when it was purchased by a couple from Lakeland.
Random acts of kindness can bring joy to the giver as well as the receiver. Children can be one of the best role models for pure kindness. Kaitlyn Wasylyk, 11, brought joy to first responders in Citrus County on Easter Sunday. She created and delivered over 175 Easter baskets to the local fi…
At just 6 miles long, the Chassahowitzka River is Citrus County’s shortest coastal river. The headwaters, several tributaries and springs are locally known for their great crabbing and sport fishing.
The Nature Coast Friends of Blues, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that hosts the annual Blues’n Bar-B-Que.
Most dogs enjoy swimming as much as humans do. When introducing them to swimming, don't push them or force them into the water. Train your dog to swim safely and have fun.
Crumps Landing is the model of leisure dining with their tiki bar and grill on the water. Relax in a cabana with some signature cocktails and mouthwatering food.
This annual festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Homosassa Springs, takes place at the Homosassa Civic Center on the corner of Yulee Drive and Mason Creek Road.
Wild Sassa is a quaint little food truck filled with fun art and some personal touches. It is in the parking lot at Shelly’s Seafood & Fish Market.
With an incredible array of arts, crafts, entertainment and seafood, the Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival is one of West Central Florida’s most favorite fall festivals.