While staying in Orlando for a typical Disney adventure, my mom and I were looking for a beach we could spend the day at that wouldn't be crowded with spring breakers. After doing a little tripadvisor research, we took a drive out to Titusville. On our way into the park, we saw a couple alligators and other wildlife. We were trying to get to the beach, but turned left instead of right, and ended up at a manatee viewing deck, where 6 manatees were feeding/resting/doing manatee things. Watching them in their natural habitat was surreal, especially after being bombarded with images of Sea World and other captive-animal experiences.
After watching them for awhile, we headed towards the beach, which was absolutely magical. There were only a few other people on the entire beach, and the the entire shore was littered with millions of perfect little seashells. We walked up and down the beach, and only came across one other family.
After the beach, we stopped by the visitor's center, where we bough our park pass for $7, and walked around looking at some nature exhibits. Make sure you stop here first and grab some brochures, because there is a long drive you can take through the park and look at birds, ducks, and swans at different stops along the way.
We were so glad we ventured out here on our last day, as Disney and Universal could not compare to the beautiful park with manatees, birds, and perfect empty shores.
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