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Manatee Park

10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd), Fort Myers, FL 33905
239 690 5030
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Ranked #10 of 33 Attractions in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Other
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Parks, Other
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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Jupiter
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a small but beautiful park. It is geared for education which is great. Lots of activities for children to learn. The manatees collect at the viewing area at the power plant water outlet. We watched 6. You can see them clearly in the water. We watched one eat the grass at the edge of the water! Highly, highly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Great place to see, smell and learn about manatees. Relaxing stroll. Well kept grounds. Adults and kids liked it. Great value.

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Powell River
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We went on December 13, 2014 when the weather was a bit cooler. The manitees seem to like the warmer water which flows from the Power Plant just upstream. We were able to see quite a number of manitees. It is also possible to rent kayaks or pedal boats which would be a great way to get up close to... More 

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Manatee Park is absolutely marvelous if you do two things. The first is to watch the weather and only go when the temperatures are in the 60s for a few days. The second is to go in the morning and rent a kayak. If you Kayak to a cove and sit still without paddling for about five minutes, the manatees... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Took our out of town family to this park 3 weeks ago - late review. We all rented Kayaks and paddled around for a few hours. We were able to see a few tail trails of manatees but we were a few weeks early to really see the abundance of these wonderful Mermaids. We had just as much fun Kayaking... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We visited the park today, 12/11/14, after a few days in the mid to high 60's, which was perfect, because the manatee driven to the warmer water during such times. The best viewing spot was at a small 'bay', at the second viewing area, which is sheltered, and offers a polarized 'window', that offsets some of the sunglare on the... More 

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Couldn't believe that the manatee loved the water beside a busy street but there they were! We saw lots of them - active and resting, adults and babies. Informative signs and a fun Bingo game kept everyone interested. Nice volunteers were helpful.

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place is free besides a minimal parking fee. You can walk down to the water to see the Manatees. It's peaceful and worth a look.

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Ocean, New Jersey
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We went on a cloudy morning and was able to see 3-5 manatees. The trail along the waterway provides a number of interesting facts about the manatee population. A nice park for a scenic walk. The manatees are an added benefit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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49 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Oh suck a beautiful park to site manatees, you have to be quick to locate them, but they are there!!!! They will come up for air and Bammm down. Thrilling to see. Parking is minimal, the best way to see is rent a canoes or kayak, best viewing is Feb and March, due to the cold gulf waters!!!! The area... More 

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