Since it’s too cold to swim in February, we would like to escort you instead to the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park where you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of Florida’s native wildlife.  At specified times, park rangers show and discuss a few animals they have selected for the day.  The park is also home to a venerable movie star, so be prepared for the photo op!

Feb 19

Homosassa Springs & Crystal River
March 19
New Smyrna Beach
April 16
Pass-a-Grille (St. Pete Beach)
May 21
Multi-day trip (Location TBD)

The shops include:

The Heritage House Gift Shop - (

The Cotton Club – offers a unique line of woman’s apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories (

All About Nature/Manatee Gift Store – (

Blue Bell General Store – featuring hand-dipped ice cream, nostalgic candy, and unique gifts (picnic tables out back)   (

River Ranch Bar and Grill (for our brew sampling buds) (

We arranged a reduced cost for both the bus and the wildlife park, bringing the total to $31.

This Heritage House and Gift Shop was built in the late 1880’s. 

To join us on this trip, print the reservation form (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $31 per person to the address below. On January 29th, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.

Our day will end with about 1½ hours of shopping (or brew sampling) at the Heritage Village in Crystal River.  Because our time is limited, we have selected and notified four particular shops of our anticipated arrival.  They will be delighted to receive us and some discounts will be offered.  We think you will appreciate the uniqueness of these shops and hope they add a pleasant dimension to our day together.

The BBC invites you to join your friends

Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162

You could instead hand it to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp.

and many other kind of candies and treats!

in visiting our neighboring towns of
Homosassa Springs and Crystal River

on Monday, Feb. 19 from 8:30-6:00

(Please note this outing is shorter than our typical beach trips and involves no dinner.)

I/we would like to go to Homosassa Springs with the BBC on February 19th.  Enclosed is my $31 check (pp). 

Print your name(s):   __________________________________________________________________________________

I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) ________________________________________


I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit. _________


You might enjoy watching the feeding of many manatees hiding out from colder water. We’ll spend a couple of pleasant hours roaming this small park. 

Either on the way into this park or the way back, I hope you will delight in my very favorite pontoon boat ride through a shaded lagoon overlooked by many fine-feathered friends.   While you will want to have appropriate outdoor attire and sturdy footwear, this park is senior friendly and easily walked!

Then, how about lunch at the nearby Seagrass Bar and Grill?   We thoroughly enjoyed this river front restaurant during our research trip.  There is indoor seating, a screened porch, and an outdoor deck which should satisfy everyone’s desires.  You will have about 8 sandwiches, salads, and seafood to choose from.   

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Liability Waiver:  The BBC has a revised Liability Waiver specific to our club.  Even if you have signed a liability release form in the past for our club, we are asking that you sign the revised one. This will only need to be done one time; not yearly as in the past.  Please click on link below, print and sign, and give the form to your bus leader on this trip.