The amazing diversity contained within its seven distinct ecosystems and the ability we had to get very up close and personal with wildlife in the park. Specifically, we were walking along sidewalks within 10 feet of lazy alligators bathing in the sun. They didn’t seem to care too much about our presence, but that didn’t make it any less of a thrill being near these prehistoric creatures. In addition to that, we found ourselves mesmerized by the manatees surfacing periodically in one of the waterways of the park. You can easily spend your time driving and walking to experience all different areas of the park, but there are ranger-guided tours regularly offered in addition to private tours. This place will be unlike anything you have every experienced before!