Saturday, February 17, 2024

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Discover the Charms of Homosassa Springs: A Guide for Attendees of the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat

Welcome to Homosassa Springs, the host town for the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat at the Hampton House in Old Homosassa. Embraced by the rich history of an original Florida fishing village, Homosassa offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences for attendees to explore.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: A Natural Wonder

The focal point of Homosassa is the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, featuring the breathtaking Homosassa Spring—a second magnitude spring known for attracting manatees, various fish species, and wildlife enthusiasts. The Fishbowl Observatory provides a submerged perspective without having to dive in (although that's fun, too!) offering a unique view of the aquatic ecosystem. Manatee season is November 15 to March 31, and we often have many sightings during the retreat, so watch the river!

Accommodations and Waterfront Adventures

Old Homosassa's waterfront, home to the Hampton House and other prominent resorts like Florida Cracker Riverside, MacRae’s, and Seagrass Waterfront, provides comfortable lodging and an ideal starting point for riverfront adventures. The area is renowned for its vibrant fishing community, with easy access to fresh seafood markets such as Shelley’s Seafood and Fish Market and the Cedar Key Fish and Oyster Company.  Be sure to check out all the culinary delights, as well as the art galleries along Yulee Drive, showcasing local talent.

Outdoor Enthusiasts: Boating and Paddling Paradise

For those with an affinity for boating and paddling, Homosassa is a haven. The Halls River, with its meandering course through marsh and estuary, presents numerous fishing opportunities and a chance to witness the diverse wildlife in the region.  Manatee tours are available from the local marinas.

Homosassa Springs welcomes attendees of the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat with a blend of natural wonders, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures. From the captivating Homosassa Spring to the vibrant waterfront and special attractions, Homosassa offers a diverse and enriching experience for all. Enjoy your stay in this Gulf Coast gem and watch for more posts this week!

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