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Manatee Park

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Lovely grounds

This is a lovely park. We were able to see several manatees in a couple areas of the park. The gift... read more

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Manatee seen!

Not the most picturesque setting as by a power plant. It is the warm water from the plant that... read more

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10901 State Road 80, Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a lovely park. We were able to see several manatees in a couple areas of the park. The gift shop offers a small selection of items appropriate to the park. We enjoyed our time here and recommends stopping if you want to see...More

Thank Kristyonthego
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not the most picturesque setting as by a power plant. It is the warm water from the plant that attracts the manatee. The weather had cooled so the manatee had come inland. They could be seen from a distance. We have been to Blue Spring...More

1  Thank ExplorerBristol
Reviewed 5 days ago

Manatee Park is a great place to view manatees (particularly when the weather is cool) for the price of parking. After viewing the manatees, take advantage of some of the nearby unique restaurants that are a bit off the beaten path. Three suggestions: 1. Table...More

Thank Ellen L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stopped here to see if the Manatees were available . Paid for parking and walked to path to water. Found a divot in the water and waited, Soon Manatees started to come to the surface to get air. Great experience and good signage recommend to...More

Thank Perkadventures
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful compact park with plenty of car parking (pay at meter - but very reasonable) Helpful little guide booklet and advice offered, from the visitor centre, as to the best place to find the manatee’s on the day of your visit. Well laid out...More

Thank Scene-set
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was still a bit warm for the manatee when we visited, but we enjoyed a lovely walk along the river. Some nice spots to joy a picnic.

Thank thetraveler4819
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went at end of November and was able to see a few manatees. Arrived early in the morning and was the only person there. Parking is cheap, paid $1 for an hour. Have to self-pay and place receipt on dashboard. Several viewing areas, I had...More

3  Thank WunelleTA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you go be sure there is no or little wind for better viewing.A little cooler day is good because they tend to go toward the electric plant.Plenty of areas to view from,and parking is reasonable.Worth the trip mainly for kids on the right day.

Thank BBofKY941
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Payed a quick visit to the Manatee Park. The weather has been too hot so the animals seems to have been swimming to the sea.

1  Thank 965karlf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Especially during cold snaps, this is the place to see these fabulous animals. Excellent guides, good gift shop.

Thank marsha v
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June 18, 2018|
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Response from LongIslandMabel | Reviewed this property |
I'm only in Florida in the winter (when I also didn't see any manatees in the park!) and my guess is that the manatees don't need to be by the power plant for warmth now because all the waters are warm in the summer.
Wayne M
February 22, 2018|
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Response from BusyMicheLady | Reviewed this property |
I was there in January when it was so dang cold - the manatees ARE there - but you can't really see them.....we saw a lot of BACKS and then noses poking up for air, but that was about it. They were trying to stay underwater... More
Jerilynn L
February 21, 2018|
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Response from sparklyjo1 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, I went in January and saw several!