We were in St.Petersburg bringing my daughter to college. We were meeting up with some old friends for the day and though this place might be fun. We went on the alligator hike. We were told they could not promise that we would see gators but that they usually do. We saw many! The staff and volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly and patient with young inquisitive children. We also enjoyed the raptor exhibit and learning about how all of the birds came to the preserve. The kids loved the new playground and sand box!