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Manatee Park

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Address: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd), Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Look for the West Indian manatee.

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Little Piggy Snouts

Humps in the water that are manatee backs, and an occasional snout popping up were all of the manatees we got to see one February evening, but the walkways and educational signs... read more

Reviewed March 23, 2016
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Reviewed March 23, 2016

Humps in the water that are manatee backs, and an occasional snout popping up were all of the manatees we got to see one February evening, but the walkways and educational signs were so well done and helpful that we were happy with our manatee experience, having seen them elsewhere. We saw lots of little "island" manatee backs and several... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 reviews
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Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Took my wife ,daughter and son in law with three grandkids ( ages 7,2,1 ) to visit Manatee Park . Over 90 manatees in waterway that day . Good educational opportunity . However , gift shop too small, no real food to offer ( i.e. coffee, donuts , hot dogs , bagels , ) need food vendors on site .... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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66 reviews
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Reviewed March 23, 2016

I didn't see Manatees because the water was too warm. If the Gulf is over 68 they go out there and not here in the waterway. Beautiful and scenic park. Lovely to walk through. There was a fantastic presentation on Manatees at 11 and 2 o'clock. I really enjoyed it here and there are family friendly activities too. So great... More 

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Lymm, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2016

Great place to see Manatees if the conditions are such that they come in from the sea, unfortunately on our visit the Gulf was too warm and there were no manatees to be seen. Good place to go Kayaking if that's your thing.

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Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2016

It's a small park beside a power plant water exit that provides warm water attracting manatees when the water temperature drops below 70 degrees. That being said, the best time to visit is in the colder months. We visited the park in late March and we never saw a manatee. Beside viewing manatees, there's boardwalks through wetlands, a kayak rental,... More 

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North Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed March 22, 2016

If you enjoy looking at dark lumps in the water this is the place for you. It is clean but boring. you must pay to park.

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Hampstead, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 21, 2016

Manatee Park in Lee County, Florida, just outside Fort Myers is a great place to see Manatees up close and personal during the colder winter months. There is a small charge for parking, but entrance to the park is free. You can either walk about the lagoon and observe the manatees or rent a canoe and paddle among them. The... More 

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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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Reviewed March 21, 2016

We visited Manatee park in hopes of seeing some manatees, but the warm weather caused them to stay away from the canal. However, the park itself is very well designed, informative and clean. Visitors can rent kayaks, enjoy picnic areas or simply stroll the grounds.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed March 20, 2016

When we visited, it was very warm meaning there were no manatees to see, which was disappointing but to be expected. The park is very well maintained with a small boardwalk and butterfly garden. We did see two bunnies, which were cute. Definitely is hit or miss, but if you are nearby, doesn't hurt to visit.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2016

This is a must go to place if you want to experience seeing manatees. Especially good to see them when the weather is a bit on the cooler side. They congregate in the area when it's cold. Sometime there are 100's of manatees in the area

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