We've been here twice, once in April and then now in september. Conclusion: spring is the better gator season. There is so much water the gator has more space to disappear. In april we saw so many fat gators laying in the grass. This was AWESOME. Today we saw a couple of them mostlt in the water head above the water, but they dive down when you get closer. It was nice, but not comparable with spring time. We rented a canoe, you should do that. It is so scenic, the clouds in the water, potentially very beautiful pictures that you can make. There is so much more to do, bike rental, trails, airboat .. it is worth it!!