In the past I had only come here for the Christmas event they do every year, but I actually came by and did the animal portion this time.
Especially if you have kids, you could spend hours here. They weren't doing the boats because of hurricane business when we were there, which I think would have made it even better. Nonetheless, we did the Trolley instead which is a short ride from where you park your car and pay to the actual park. The park has a ton of animals, and does shows at certain times. They have places where you can feed certain animals as well, which I believe requires quarters (big hit with kids). The hippo in particular I thought was an interesting animal to have there. A lot of non-locals come for the manatees which can be hit and miss, but they usually have some accumulated in the pool area that connects to the natural springs, and did when we were there in October.More