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“What? No manatees?” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Manatee Observation & Education Center

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
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“What? No manatees?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Don't go expecting to see any manatees, there aren't any. There is a video about them and some pictures but that's about it. The gift shop is nice. It's a good thing they only charge $1 but we were extremely disappointed. Pretty much a waste of time.

Visited March 2013
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Indiana
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“A must-do for young children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This place is an exceptional value for $1. Our boys got to see a moray eel and tiger fish, hold and feed a snake (not at the same time), pet a bearded dragon, and touch the spines of a sea urchin. We found the staff to be very attentive. I'm not sure about how knowledgeable they are as we didn't ask many questions, our boys were enthralled just to see and touch everything. We didn't see any manatees at the center, but several were to be found a very short walk away at the docks next to the tiki bar. It may not be as fancy or informative as some of the wildlife centers we have visited, but is very deserving of a visit if you have young children. You can't go wrong for the price, and your young ones will leave with some great memories.

Visited March 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
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“Nice Little Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

Nice little place to hang out and enjoy watching the manatee play and the boats go by. Very relaxing.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Nice little spot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

We were here in early March during a cold spell. She we arrived, there was a manatee lurking around right at the dock. We watched for a while until a guy on a bike pointed out to us that there were about fifteen of them just south of us hanging around down by the tiki bar. We scurried down there and watched for quite a while. The marina was filled with lovely yachts and fishing vessels so we gazed longingly at those while we observed the big manatees roll around.

The nearby city docks were undergoing restoration with some protective islands being created, and then the docks would be rebuilt. Interesting to watch.

The manatee center itself is pretty small, but my kids (two and four) really enjoyed the exhibits and didn't want to leave. Definitely worth the price of admission at only $1. Go on in and have a look around!

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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“Great viewing for wild manatees”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My wife and I have been to the observatory several times both by ourselves and with our family and it is very informative. The last trip we observed a family of 3 manatees drinking fresh water from a run off located on the opposite side of the street from the education center. Most questions that you might have about the manattee will be answered by a visit here.

Visited February 2013
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