Then I read a bit more...I have never seen manatees before and these creatures have held a special place in my heart for many years. I can't explain why...there is just something magical about them. They are such calm, curious and gentle creatures.
We entered off of US19 to the main entrance.
|Looking at the turtle sitting on the rocks |
as we wait for the ride to start.
|Close up of the turtle|
As soon as we arrived, sure enough the rain came...and went almost as quickly as it came thankfully. The sun came back out and 15 minutes later you couldn't even tell it rained.
We went to see the manatee first but they were all hiding :(
Near the manatee area there is a children's educational building full of displays and activities where the girls both played for quite awhile.
|Aayla is quite taken by this drawing of a flying squirell|
|Biggest Blackest grasshopper I have ever seen!|
Grasshoppers are green or brown where we come from
and our largest are 1/2 this size!
From here we walked to the Garden of the Springs Area where you can in early spring see wild manatee in the river. We didn't see any today but we arrived there as a bigger rain storm arrived and had a nice covered area as the rain passed.
I am so happy we went and paid the entrance fees because this park was so nice to walk around, (we spent almost 5 hours here) and there really was so much to see. Most of it local...the one exception was Lu who actually is an honorary Florida citizen...a Hippo! He was a resident of the park when it was a private park and when the State bought it, they found homes for most of the animals there but finding a home for a huge, older Hippo was hard. Florida residents petitioned to keep him and now celebrate his birthday on Jan 26th every year. You can go celebrate with him on Jan 26, 2012 to celebrate Lu's 52nd birthday!
Mr Alligator now sat...this one is wild.
So would I recomend you cough up $13 per adult to go here...you betcha! It was well worth it!
From here we went in search of a Passport America site nearby with cable as our satelittle provider is not playing the Canucks game tonight and we found another great little RV park. It's actually quite big but has a small time feel to it.
Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park (review to come when we leave) at $16 for the night with Passport America...we quite like it! The girls enjoyed the playground and we have a turtle burrow right beside us. It's roped off as they are a protected species. There's a nice pool, hot tub, laundry, and games/meeting room. Wifi and cable are included as well as an RV wash! Guess what we are doing tomorrow???
To top off a great day...we won round 1 of the finals for the Stanley Cup!!!
GO CANUCKS GO!!!