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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 17 Attractions in Fort Pierce
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Fort Pierce, Fl
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I really like the educational part of the center. The gifts are unique. It historically has been a great place to observe manatees.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Learned a lot and our grandkids enjoyed it. Although small the tour guide was very informative and with no more than 2-6 people on each "tour" the interaction was personal and informative.

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Ormond Beach, Florida, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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.

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Rochester, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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.

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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.

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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

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Top Contributor
323 reviews 323 reviews
212 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 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.

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Amanda, Ohio
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243 reviews 243 reviews
112 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 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

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Vancouver, Washington
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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

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Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
48 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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

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