Manatee Center
Manatee Center
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Manatee Center is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique environment and its inhabitants, including the threatened Florida manatee. Inside you'll find various aquariums featuring native species found in the Indian River Lagoon, a touch tank with interesting critters, and interactive exhibits - all of which are enhanced by wonderful volunteers happy to share their knowledge with you. Outside, the wildlife observation tower provides visitors a bird's-eye-view of the Indian River Lagoon. We are 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. The Manatee Center is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles362 reviews
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Peter A
Wiscasset, ME51 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were publicly shamed in front of a tour by a staff member while in a tiny plastic boat attempting to look at the other boats in the marina. The staff member said that it was a no wake zone, which we knew and couldn't possibly have been going any slower with our tiny electric motor.

Of course we immediately stopped when she declared a manatee in the canal. Rather than thank us for stopping and offering standing look-out so we could safely retreat, she insisted that we row out and declared that it was 'good exercise' for us.

My wife is in her late seventies and I have a heart condition. We were in no way disturbing anyone, drawing a wake or causing harm to any manatees. Fortunately, our little dinghy is equipped with emergency paddles and we were able to comply with her request. If we didn't have these paddles, we're not sure if she would have required us to swim out into the channel.

We feel that her zealous, public attack on us was completely over reactive and has left us with a bad feeling. We are from Maine and are members of several conservation efforts and are not strangers to responsible natural resource sharing and sensitive environmental practices.

We will not be supporting this local charity.
Written February 11, 2020
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Dear Peter, I am very sorry to hear about your experience at the Manatee Center. We strive to be inclusive and patient in our education and communications, and what you experienced is not representative of our approach. Our team is largely volunteer-based, with only four staff members and nearly 150 volunteers. We take care to train staff and volunteers alike toward a positive educational and outreach approach, and we will address this promptly. As a team, we are passionate about protecting the manatees in Moore's Creek, and we can sometimes get lost in our own message. It sounds like your boat may have been in Moore's Creek, which is actually a motorboat-prohibited zone between November 15 and March 31st. Motorboats are actually required by law to turn their motors off, and, if possible, raise the propellers out of the water. This is because of the manatee migration activity during these months. I'm certain the person who was talking to you meant well, but that does not excuse public shaming. I am sorry again for your experience, and we wish you the best in your travels and conservation efforts. We're happy to hear you experienced a manatee sighting during your visit, and we're very happy to know that you are fellow environment lovers and conservationists. Our sincere apologies and best wishes, Rachel and the ManaTeam
Written February 13, 2020
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Sadie R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We took our kids on the boat tour and to visit the manatees during a cold snap that more or less ruined our vacation. The kids were so excited to learn all they could. The volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable and the displays were perfect for kids (mine are 3-10yo). The boat ride was a bit long for the 3 year old, but the other kids enjoyed it. My eldest even said that it was the best day of her life.
Written January 30, 2022
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Sherie N
Michigan City, IN1,179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
We came here on a cool Sunday in November looking for Manatees. The young man in the shop said the were outside in the water 10 minutes earlier. We went out to look for them and were too late. Unfortunately the Center was closing in 15 minutes. The Vanishing Mermaid Shop that is connected to the Center had some great gifts.
Written January 5, 2020
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amarantha313
Mount Holly Springs, PA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This sweet little education center impressed me! It is very small, but very affordable. There were several interactive displays, which especially appealed to the younger crowd. Don’t expect anything large or flashy, but instead a well-loved and thoughtfully designed educational center. We enjoyed the touch tank and digital game, and we even got to watch them feed the fish! It was a perfect stop for our small family.
Written June 27, 2022
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Dan
Fort Myers, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We are on a couple day trip and needed a place to stop and let the kids explore. There weren't any manatees this time of year but the kids, 3 and 6, learned a lot about aquatic life. There is a lot to see and a lot of educational toys for the kids to play with.
Written May 19, 2022
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502bbb
South Bend, IN366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Nice place. Short Educational 10min movie(+or-). Good friendly staff. One manette in the crick. I would recommend this place, but it's not a day long experience, more like 1/2 hour (which is fine, it's only $2)
Written January 15, 2022
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SarahTravel67
Topton, PA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
The volunteers who worked there were extremely knowledgeable and helpful and friendly. You need to take the time to ask them questions to make the experience worthwhile, rather than just looking at the exhibits. I’m sure there are better times of the year to visit when there might be manatees there but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially holding the snake Diego
Written September 15, 2022
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Eileen M
Conway, SC1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Learned a lot about the manatees from volunteer Evelyn who was on observation duty on the deck.
She had us go in to speak with George about where else we might be able to see manatees.
Though a couple of manatee did swim by we were not fortunate enough to see them
Written January 5, 2023
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RoOSully
Golden Valley, AZ675 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
We were hoping for a bit more. A bit more than a couple of dirty tanks, a few bones, and no one to educate or explain.
If you go hoping to "Observe" Manatee, you may be disappointed. Call ahead and see if there are any near. We did see a small shark-shaped animal for a split second. Water here is murky at best.
Written December 19, 2021
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Storyteller-N03
Vero Beach, FL853 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Not much to see if the Manatee's don't want to be seen. They had knowledgable docents who explained the current crisis with 'sea grass' and dying Manatee's. Pretty sad but informative never the less. It is a good location. Close to the Backus
/Highwaymen Gallery and Chamber of Commerce info center. Make this part of you Saturday morning 'open market' in Fort Pierce.
Written February 19, 2022
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