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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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Address: 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone Number: +1 772-429-6266
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique...

MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique environment and its inhabitants, including the endangered Florida manatee. Inside, an educational film, various aquariums, a touch-tank and interactive displays are enhanced by wonderful volunteers. Eco boat tours are available along with a wildlife observation tower which provides visitors a bird's-eye-view of Indian River Lagoon. MOEC is situated at the mouth of Moore's Creek which is a popular spot to see visiting manatees during colder months. There are 400-500 manatees living in our area year-round but,considering their backyard is 156 miles long and connected to a multitude of creeks and canals, it is never guaranteed that they will be visiting the center at any given time. MOEC is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop The Vanishing Mermaid.

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Don't go if it's filled with out of control school kids! We visited but couldn't hear a thing because of loud undisciplined school kids. Parents and teachers were to busy texting... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Robert S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't go if it's filled with out of control school kids! We visited but couldn't hear a thing because of loud undisciplined school kids. Parents and teachers were to busy texting to deal with kids very sad..... I think this is a good place!

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Thank Robert S
Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take children and adults to learn about Manatees and also get a chance to see them swimming in the Moore Creek. They have several tanks of different kinds of fish, a turtle tank, corn snake on display that you can hold or touch. They also have touch tanks so you have handle some of the sea animals.... More 

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Thank sandyS5013DS
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Too many kids & it was raining. We didn't see a live manatee but we did learn all about them- via movie. Nice spot to visit & learn about the ecology and different sea life. The volunteers were very informative.

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Thank Patt S
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just got back from the Manatee Center. What an amazing experience. We saw one manatee and i can say my life is complete!!! They usually have more around 10-14 a day. You are not guaranteed to see a manatee but the gift shop on site makes up for that. So many reasonably priced manatee gifts, beach, dolphin and etc... More 

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Thank watrskiergurl
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This quaint little museum on the waterfront gives first timers a beginning education about manatees and their environment. Make sure to go when the water is warm enough for the manatees to be this far north or you will probably not see a live one in the inlet.

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Thank Carol M
Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was ok, but nothing to special. No manatees and not much else, but it did have a lot of eductional stuff and a cute little gift shop. Plus the scenery aroundis nice.

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Thank JenniAnderson77
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We usually walk over if we are in the area. Have seen the Manatee many times, but no guarantee that you will. Sometimes we don't. Manatee live and feed in the brackish/salt water but return to the museum area to drink fresh water. Cute little museum. Good information.

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Thank AW_M_O_P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Center is educational and seems geared more for children. Our volunteer guide was very friendly and eager to show us around the indoor exhibits. Upon arriving, a volunteer pointed out where manatees were swimming. I was not happy about being there while workers were weed eating the grounds then using leaf blowers. The noise was extremely irritating and was... More 

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Thank alamito
Vero Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Real nice informative place to get to know more about the manatees with plenty of information and pictures to learn from. The only draw back was we didn't see any manatees during our visit.

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Thank tinytots_8
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cute little museum was very educational. We learned a lot about Manatee and more specifically the Florida Manatee. They did have an observation deck where you could see the manatee but we didn't spot any on our trip. I wouldn't recommend driving out of your way to come here but it is worth a visit if you're in the... More 

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