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Address: 480 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone Number: (772) 466-1600 ext. 3333
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Didn't see any manatees, the inside of the center had a few fish tanks and was honestly pretty boring. We had a volunteer latch onto us to explain what was in each tank but she... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
Megan S
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Birmingham, Michigan
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Birmingham, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Didn't see any manatees, the inside of the center had a few fish tanks and was honestly pretty boring. We had a volunteer latch onto us to explain what was in each tank but she talked so fast and had obviously memorized what she was supposed to say because it sounded like she was reading off a script. She drove... More 

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Rome, New York
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25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you're lucky, you might actually see a manatee, but no cigar on this day. Definitely not for adults and the 7 year-old with us certainly didn't get excited. I guess one could learn some rudimentary things about Manatees...like they like to eat lettuce...stuff like that. There was an adjacent gift shop that sold trinkets. Staff in both places seemed... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The staff at the Manatee Observation center were very helpful and knowledgeable about the Manatee. We all learned something new. Only wish we could have seen some manatees. The admission to the center was only $1 and well worth it!

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Belmar, NJ
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It is only $1- so I can't really complain, but there wasn't much here for adults. Perhaps if you have kids, it might be worthwhile, but would not recommend for adults.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

always a good time , like seeing this big manatees. easy to find check out the boats at the docks , the parks and the local restaurants while you are down in that area!

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Portland, Maine
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34 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Sorry. I really wanted to like this place but I just didn't. Volunteers either looked bored or disappeared so you couldn't ask questions. The place is about the size of my tiny living room. Not much to see and everyone just acted like it was a chore to speak. I learned pretty much nothing about manatees. The gift shop was... More 

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Parry Sound, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Neat place with lots of learning information. Lovely shaded viewing area, unfortunately we didn't see any manatees.

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Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Not much there but we did see a mother and baby!Very nice people. Had a good visit. We would go back.

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Greenville
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29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The manatees were in the bay where the cool water comes in. Probably 20 of them all together. They hung around for a good while, sometimes peaking their heads out of the water. We then went into the Education Center to learn more. The staff were very helpful, explaining about the teeth, brain, etc. and answering many questions we had.

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Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

a few aquariums, some displays, a short video, you are in and out in 30 minutes. Was expecting to see more. But at $1 admission, can't really complain. I would likely not return with our next house guests.

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