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Manatee Park

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Address: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd), Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone Number: 239 690 5030
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Look for the West Indian manatee.

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Manatee Season

I went kayaking here through the canals one afternoon with friends and it was so enjoyable! Manatees can be tricky to spot, but we enjoyed the chase and it was a great deal of fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Akron, Ohio
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I went kayaking here through the canals one afternoon with friends and it was so enjoyable! Manatees can be tricky to spot, but we enjoyed the chase and it was a great deal of fun regardless of what we managed to see.

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Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Great park - awesome county staff. Kathy and Nancy really know their stuff and they have many volunteers who love to teach others about these majestic creatures.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Day we went, there were 4 manatees, due to hot weather (july). Usually in WInter there are many- like 15 to 20! Also there is a nice hiking trail, and the trees and plants are ID's with signs. Careful, however there is some poison ivy around.

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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We needed something to do before going to the airport. After the amazing reviews we tried it out. There was not one manatee in sight the day we visited (July 18th). We saw some rabbits, a snake, and were scared running by the fake alligator but no manatee. It's a nice park and I'm sure when the manatee are there... More 

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Pittsburgh PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was a great find. Watched many manatees in the area. As we walked through the trails there were many plaques and signs telling about the manatees as well as other flora and fauna there. There is also a concession stand with cooked food and ice cream along with rest rooms that were clean. It all made for a nice... More 

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Mount Sinai, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The manatees come up to the warm water by the power plant in January, so we went whet on a cool day in January. Easy to get too. Lots of parking. We saw lots of manatee and their young, but the guild said that more come up the cooler the gulf gets in the winter. Great place for a cool... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

beautiful beautiful beautiful. that says it all, but it is not a place to visit in the heat of the summer. you cant enjoy all there is to see do to how hot it is. looking forward to going back in jan and feb, so much to see and it cant be done in one setting

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North Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you happen to visit Fort Myers during one of the few cold snaps, and the beach isn't looking fun, this is the place to visit. The nearby power plant releases warm water into the Orange River, so when the temperature in the Gulf and Calusahatchee drop, the manatees congregate. I have visited when you could almost walk across the... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My wife and I visited the park recently. I have been there many times to sit and watch the manatees or walk the trails. The staff has been helpful whenever I had questions. It may not be a large park, but, it is special, especially in the winter, when the manatees come in to warm up!

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Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The park is very well managed and the volunteers were helpful and full of information about the manatees. There were many manatees swimming around the observation area. We took a kayak tour out into the river and were able to see many manatees! They surface very close to the kayaks but you have to just float and be quiet to... More 

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Address: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd), Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone Number: 239 690 5030
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers

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