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Manatee World

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Educational Park and Fun for families

We were disappointed that we went during a time of the year when the manatees weren't there but... read more

Reviewed March 27, 2018
Sarasota, Florida
Hard to rate. Depends on the weather

We have visited here a number of times and the best is when the weather is bad. It is located in... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2017
Dick P
Bedminster, New Jersey
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5605 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905-3122
+1 239-694-4042
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

Something to see!! Best time of year is in winter as they like to hang out near the warm water basin and Orange River generated by the Florida Power & Light Plan (off Highway 80E). If you look closely you might even see "mamas with...More

2  Thank lsp228
Reviewed March 27, 2018

We were disappointed that we went during a time of the year when the manatees weren't there but were delighted to learn more about manatees during their complimentary lecture. Best to visit here during the colder months to see the manatees!

4  Thank FloridaGirl12
Reviewed February 18, 2018

Great hidden treasure. Manatees are amazing! Staff very informative and friendly. Great place for kids. Well kept. Nice stop!

1  Thank Catherine F
Reviewed February 11, 2018

If the temperature is cool, go there as the big sea horses are seeking warm water, Great place to take kids. Definitely a plus to do on a cool day!!

2  Thank WPEVLE
Reviewed February 6, 2018

We wanted to view Manatees in their natural habitat and this place gave us the opportunity. In January, there were plenty of manatees swimming and surfacing in the canal so we could enjoy their movements. A beautiful short hike on sidewalks and wooden piers.

1  Thank 123CasualTraveler123
Reviewed February 5, 2018

If you go on a cooler day, there are a lot of manatees available for viewing. Parking cost by the hour and it's cheap...free for disabled vets, I believe. They have a nice walkway and free speakers that tell you about the manatees and Florida...More

2  Thank DebbieAustin
Reviewed December 22, 2017

A nice stop for a inexpensive experience. The Manatees are abundant when water temperatures cool and the power plant is sending warm water into the Orange River. Nice park to walk some modest trails. The water is a bit dark, likely due to the Lake...More

2  Thank Luckyme1980
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

It is a sight to see. Go in the cold weather. The Manatees go up next to the outlet of warm water from the power plant. They are the most joyous mameles I have ever seen. They play together and just have fun lumbering around...More

1  Thank Mary D
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Nicely designed,with walkways to observe, not big enough! Always want to see more.....👍 knowledgeable attendants

2  Thank 535myreview
Reviewed May 24, 2017

We have visited here a number of times and the best is when the weather is bad. It is located in the outfall of a power plant and, when the weather is cool the manatees come to stay warm. On a nice day they will...More

4  Thank Dick P
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Sharon L
January 18, 2018|
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Response from Luckyme1980 | Reviewed this property |
The cost is minimal. A couple dollars to park only.
March 26, 2017|
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Response from luckyg215 | Reviewed this property |
In June you will Not see the manatees. It is still a nice place to see the butterfly gardens, kayak, take a limited walk, see the tiki hut, or to have kids play on the play ground, but manatees are only there when it is cold... More
February 5, 2017|
Response from Wayne H | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have both kayaks and canoes on site that you can rent and go out among the manatees. Not sure if this is suitable for this parent's daughter, but it may be worth looking into.