I was up in the area recently and decided to stop off to check out the manatees one evening. I was in luck that four of the gentle giants were hovering by a stairwell where I could get some fantastic pictures. I think the baby was posing for me at times. The squirrels are pretty bold and I shared the boardwalk with one and as I came closer he came closer as if we were in a draw.
The state park is small and when driving to it you almost feel like you're going the wrong way on this 2 lane road to get there. Make sure to follow the signs.
There is a short boardwalk to walk along. They offer boat rides and other water activities. They have picnic tables and when the manatees are not visiting, you can swim within the restricted areas. I can see the place becoming crowded very quickly, especially on the weekends, so you're better off picking a weekday when it's quieter. Great for spending a few hours and plenty of wildlife viewing. I have not been hiking in the area so I'm not sure what their trails are like or how long they are.
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