Typical view [?]
NOTE: Many of a few species
NOTE: Dolphins possible, alligators in shop.
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A nice place to walk around: A pier with seafood and other restaurants and tourist shops and tourist fishing docks. More like a mall than a town or authentic wharf but still manages to be fun.
Oddly enough a huge number of pelicans and wading birds. Most at the dock when they clean the fish and get handouts but also night herons and wood storks hang out on the roof of the psychic.
Dolphins are usually more in the gulf but we've seen them in the distance here. They have baby alligators on the 2nd floor.
It's more or less a mall so they definitely have bathrooms etc.
Most people park in the garage. There is a bit more around. To get in the garage turn left right after you enter the entrance nearest the bridge.
We usually spend 30-45 minutes hanging out and more if we get something to eat.
I wish there was an authentic wharf in a small seaside community where locals sold sponges and fresh caught fish, there was some crab shack hole in the wall fish restaurant run by an old fishing captain, there was a little book store, and a country store with a post office in back. But that Florida was eradicated in the 1970s. What we have here is more or less an out door mall that makes a good effort to approximates that. Granted we walk around and complain and poke fun at how it's a mall but we do keep coming back. What's not so good is - 40% of the place is selling cheap tourist t-shirts or gifts you'd rather not receive. The clothing stores that aren't selling t-shirts are marketing to post menopausal women and post retirement men who forgot or don't own clothes to wear on their Florida vacation and want to create some look I don't get. I wouldn't call any of the restaurants good (though we haven't tried them all). We read good reviews for the Waltz's one but when we got there the seats were uncomfortable and cramped, most things were sold out pretty early in the day, and what we got was just kind of bad... but that might have been a bad day. We liked one fried food one for awhile but then one of us got food poisoning from fried clams. There's always Bubba Gump and Hooters upstairs. The parking garage is usually easy but a couple times while busy I've either gone to the top and found no spots or got stuck in a 30 minute line out because they couldn't get the cash register or something working (so they were holding us hostage because they couldn't collect payment). But all of that and we still come back so maybe it's not so bad. Some highlights:
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