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Manatee Observation & Education Center

480 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 466-1600 ext. 3333
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Ranked #12 of 16 attractions in Fort Pierce
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Educational Sites
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you don't know much about manatees and their migration habits, food source, love of fresh water, etc, then an hour at the Mantatee Observation and education Center is worth a stop. Exhibits are eyeball high to kids and many hands on experiences await them. At the right time of year you will see manatees. Having been to Blue Springs... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a great place to see and learn about manatees. The gift shop also has some wonderful items. In the same parking area as the Backus Gallery and visitor's center.

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Leduc, Alberta
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

A few years ago, we visited the Manatee Center. We were impressed by the informative staff. The site was clean and well maintained. This year, when we visited the center we were quite disappointed. The staff was not as well informed and the area in and around the building appeared neglected. The city of Fort Pierce should devote more time... More

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Garards Fort, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We visited the museum--paid a two dollar donation to go inside. We watched a short informative video about manatees. Got some informative brochures. We walked around the outside and did see manatee in the marina area. The gift shop had alot of things--actually got stickers for our grandchildren that were half off and I got a pair of sunglasses for... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

While in Fort Pierce eating at The Original Tiki be sure to walk over to the Manatee Education Center. You can see manatees up close and even touch them as they swim by in the channel into the bay.

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Stuart, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I have lived in the area for 25 years and over the Summer, my girls & I finally went for a visit. We were told that the best viewing times were in the Winter. So while the girls were on Christmas break, they reminded me that we needed to go back but this time Daddy got to go as well.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

The volunteers were wonderful in explaining about manatees and they also did a nice job of talking about other sea creatures. It just seemed a little hokey and we thought we could see manatees there (which was silly of us). Given that it only costs $1 it is worth just going and learning more. Then ask the volunteers where is... More

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Cooper City, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Small information center. Sparsely staffed. Besides basic info in manatees they also had a few fish tanks and a snake. The best feature is probably the top deck of the viewing tower; beautiful scenery. While some reviewers complained that they didn't see any manatee we were not disappointed. We saw three and they stayes in the marina area for over... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

It's a small facility that doesn't have any of the advanced attractions of better funded museums or aquariums, but it's a quaint place that seems to be staffed by volunteers and a small group of well meaning people. The gift shop has a mix mash of aquatic themed items for purchase. Admission to the museum is only $1 per person,... More

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