I never really liked the Pal Park even in Diamond and Pearl. While the Safari Zone to me just felt like it was thrown in there. IT is nice that it is in there but it feels like they wanted to add it in there for the heck of it and I guess the Safari Zone in DPPt left a bad taste in my mouth. (I didn't like the Safari Zone back in DPPt either. It was too small).
The Bug Catching Contest to me was fun. It was a competition where you had to go catch something. Something quick and fast to do. Then the moments where you actually find a scyther made it even better. IT is hard to describe the feeling of doing the Bug Catching Contest.