The other side of the bay is Manasota Key, where mansions cover most of the available land. On this side, Mangrove dominates, the water is shallow, and many birds and fisherman poke around in the water.
We talked to this fisherman, and he said he was catching "reds" and trout. We watched him set up his line with a fairly large hook and shrimp as bait.
The interior of the park has miles of walking trails, some in brick, some in crushed shell topping. Lots of places to stop and sit and watch birds and enjoy a pleasant day in the outdoors.
We found several places to launch a boat or put a canoe into the water.
And, of course, there are always birds everywhere around the water and even in the neighborhoods.