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Manatee Observation & Education Center

Address: 480 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone Number: (772) 466-1600 ext. 3333
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Ranked #13 of 17 Attractions in Fort Pierce
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Summerfield, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The manatees are there if you have patience. You don't see much for there is very little room for them to bask in the sun and the water if relatively murky. But they are there, and there was no cost to just relax and watch them playing.

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UK
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Okay so it's not a purpose built facility, but what you might see are manatees in a natural environment. The beautiful creatures swim free in the marina and if your lucky you may see one or two. Seems early morning was a good time to see.

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central NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

there were a couple manatee in the murky waters between the marina and manatee center but not worth going out the way to stop here

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

excellent small museum/research center that will explain everything you want to know about mantees - good activities for kids and adults

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10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

For a 1 dollar admission it is informative. Although no manatees inside you can go outside across the street and view for free.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Very glad we went (dispite recent reviews). We watched 6 manatee from the docks across from observation center. Inside we were greeted by a friendly and knowledgable guide who shared some interesting information and told us about the facility. It is a small venue, but worth the $1 admission. My teenagers were intrigued by the exhibits and the touch tank.... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The muse cost is $1 and would be a good rainy day activity, but don't plan on seeing manatees outside in the marina. They used to be here when the power plant was in operation and the water was warm for them. Now that the power plant is gone, so are the manatees. But it is a nice waterfront to... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
46 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Was hesitant after reading other reviews, but decided to give it a try. Very disappointed. I know that it is not a guarantee to see manatees since they are wild, but the place was not worth the stop. The worker guy was unnerving and rather creepy. We didn't even bother to look around after he took our $1 entrance fee.... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Small and good information about Manatee. There are displays how the Manatee live , and get abused by humans.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It didn't wow me, or my 3-year-old daughter. There was a manatee off in the marina distance, but that was it.

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