Okay, this a slightly south of reports that you may have read about places like Cedar Key, and all I can say is that if those fabulous reports bored you, this one is pretty much the same because the sights in the Homosassa Springs State Park are extremely similar, but let's face it, the name is funnier. Well "homo" means "pepper" in the Muskogee language and "sasi" means "is there." So it is "the place where the peppers grow" and should not be mistaken with Key West.
I'm sure the park has evolved since I was there, because it was already undergoing changes back then. Like a lot of old time Florida attractions, there was little consideration in early days for authenticity, so it originally had a "monkey island" and various other "zoo animals" not native to Florida. On this particular visit, the monkeys had been sent packing already, but there were still animals like the hippopotamus (photo later) which were more difficult to displace and in fact basically cruel to do so when such animals had been settled in to a nearly natural environment for so long.
As usual, the big thrill is to see the alligators. They were numerous and ferocious.
Birds, particularly pélicans and flamingos, are also a principal element of such a park.
Well, I haven't found all of the photos yet, because this set of pictures does not have a single manatee, which are the main attraction of the park! I still need to find another set of photos in which manatees were indeed admired.
The park has an underwater viewing chamber in which to admire the missing manatees.
There are boats where one can go through the various bayous to see the sights, even if Floridians rarely use the word 'bayou.'