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Manatee Park

Address: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd), Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone Number: 239 690 5030
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Ranked #7 of 37 Attractions in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

A lovely park where you can enjoy being on the river where you can see lots of Manatees. They come here for the warm water.

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Spring Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This was our 4th visit to the Manatee Park, we usually plan to go here when in in Fort Myers. Every time we have visited there were Manatees in the Power Plant discharge canal viewing area. It is a great way to see these non-captive, beautiful creatures in a natural environment. As you walk through the park there are volunteers... More 

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Haslett, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Rented the kayaks at the park and floated on the river in search of manatee. We saw lots despite the warm weather and it was a blast. The staff was helpful in launching us on our adventure. The river has a slow current and the manatee have lots of favorite coves for foraging. They aren't shy unless you brush or... More 

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anapolis md
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This is the best place to see manatees and lots of them. Make sure to rent a kayak and go where the warm water is released from the power plant. They are so close that you could touch them (but don't). Great thing to do in Fort Myers area - my favorite!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Saw the Manatees in the morning. Watched wildlife management staff working with an entangled Manatee. Helpful friendly staff who care for the plight of this beautiful endangered animal.

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Monroe Twp, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Saw the manatees, attended a park ranger lecture about them. Loved it. And...it was only $2 to park.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

This is a natural setting. The county charges a small fee to park your car, but the nature park is free. Manatees don't especially jump out of the water. Mostly you just see the nostrils of a manatees when he or she comes up for air. However, if you watch long enough, you may see the full face of the... More 

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Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Went to this park to try and see some Manatee's. Saw several Manatee's in the canal. The canal is close to the power plant, so the water is warmer than in the Gulf. Was disappointed that we couldn't get closer to the water to get better photos, but it is still an interesting place to visit. Got to see several... More 

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Willow Street
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This county park affords an excellent viewing area for observing manatees. Manatees of the Caloosahatchee River at Fort Myers come into a small creek. A walkway along the creek gives good viewing areas for watching them. First, you hear them snorting (they must come up for air) and then you begin to spot their noses above the water. In a... More 

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Macedon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Manatees travel south when water temperature is too low but they stay in the warm water here. Why spend lots of money on an excursion when you can come here for a modest $2 parking fee?

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