This is a large park that offers a variety of activities. It has multiple scenic paved trails. It combines beautiful views, historic sites, interactive educational opportunities, and large free spaces.There is even a stationery sailing boat to explore. There is also an interesting animal forest. It has otters, buffalo, puma, and black bears-none of which are found at the zoo in Columbia. The park is dog friendly and has multiple spots for picnicing (no food or dogs in the animal forest). It is an exceptional value for those holding a SC State park pass (free). Visitors paying full price will want to plan to spend at least a half day. Parking is free as are the in-park shuttles and stollers. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Snacks can be bought in the visitor center. Check the online schedule as there are many special events scheduled as well. There really is something for everyone. Your best chance of seeing active animals is late afternoon.