We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Manatee Observation & Education Center

480 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 466-1600 ext. 3333
Improve this listing
Ranked #12 of 17 attractions in Fort Pierce
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Educational Sites
Activities: Viewing wildlife
20 visitor photos
Write a Review

84 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Ormond Beach, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

By far, the highlight of this spot was being able to touch the starfish and a couple of other things that they have in a touch tank. The lionfish were also pretty to see. As far as manatees go, there didn't seem to be much manatee oriented stuff.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rochester, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My son just loves manatees. We found the volunteer staff very friendly and full of advice. We did not see any manatees near their site but later saw some near a park near the Hutchinson Hotel.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We touched the starfishes! That was awesome, but also, to get to know each eco-system is great to any kid or adult. They have a great computerized game to learn more about the animals and their habitat. We loved it!! great views and lovely walk to downtown.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Pierce, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place was once a fun place to see manatees and learn about touristic Ft. Pierce. Now it's just a gift shop with volunteers, two paid full time employees, 2 part time, to tell people to look at the filthy black water out back hoping to see a sea cow. There used to be lots of manatees there due to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
257 reviews 257 reviews
160 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

It has only 2 rooms but has some interesting displays. There is a small tank where a volunteer will pick up different specimens for you to hold. If you want to see the manatees make sure you go November to April before they leave to go south.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amanda, Ohio
Top Contributor
237 reviews 237 reviews
111 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Can't offer any true insiders tips on what to do or see here. We contacted this facility a few weeks ago explaining that we'd be here now and were driving from Ohio. Not one person bothered to say that they would be closed. We were so let down. However we had a great time at the FAU Oceanography Center, it's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Vancouver, Washington
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If your five you will love this place any six or older is wasting their time. Cost $1.00 to get in so no big deal

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
37 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This place has the good intention of attempting to educate the public about the gentle giant, but endangered, manatee. It is a small place that has information that a person could get from a book or even wikopedia. But, unless one visits during the cold months when manatees hug the shoreline for warmth, you are not likely to see one.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Monongahela, Pennsylvania
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The place itself isn't much to write home about, but the location is stellar. We saw a manatee nose. They are attracted to the warmer water from the power plant. They also keep a tally of when they see them and how many so you know the best times to come. There's a lower and upper deck for looking out.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
72 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This place is located in the historical district of Ft. Pierce right next to the Marina. The Center itself is cheap, so why not come inside. They have some information on manatees and as well as some other Florida inhabitants. The volunteers seemed eager to answer any questions you had as well as walk you through the touch tank. It... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Manatee Observation & Education Center also viewed


Been to Manatee Observation & Education Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Manatee Observation & Education Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing