Homosassa Fun Things to Do! Some days we head South about 70 miles to Homosassa to visit the manatees, eat at one of our favorite restaurants “The Freezer,” and check in on Lu the Hippo. Lu is a retired Hollywood actor that was made a Florida resident by Order of the Governor to ensure he could stay in his home when it became a state park. You can also check out the monkeys on Monkey Island while enjoying a drink or an ice cream at Florida Cracker Kitchen. If you are looking for fun things to do, Homosassa may be worth the drive, just stay out of the splatter zone.
Our first stop is the Ellie Schiller State Wildlife Park where you can meet Lu and go down to an underwater manatee viewing area. It is amazing how the cool spring keeps the viewing area cool even in the summer. We see manatees in the Park even when it is not prime manatee season.
Next, on our stop is just a few minutes up the road to the Freezer tiki restaurant. It only takes cash, but does have an ATM. There menu is on boards around the restaurant. If you sit outside, you will need to come to the bar to order. If you sit under the roof, even on the porch, the wait staff will come to help. It is always busy, so going when it is not prime dinner or lunch time is recommended. Also, it is open air, even inside.
A pre-Civil War Sugar Mill is located between the Park and the Freezer is a good stop to explore some “old Florida.”
The Original Florida Cracker Resort and Kitchen is also just a few more minutes up the road. Monkey Island is right in front of the restaurant. You may need to pay $5 for parking when it is busy. A great ice cream shop is just next door.