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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Passing by and had to stop

Having travelled to Florida on many occasions i was interested to learn a little more about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LondonUKTraveller101
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London, United Kingdom
interesting place.

We went before the weather cooled off so we did not see any manatees. We will try it again when it... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Scot H
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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MOEC 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 an educational film (with closed-captioning), various aquariums, a touch-tank and...more
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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
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The facility is all about the south Florida marine habitat. They have the manatee information you can learn all about and a touch tank, other cool exhibits great for younger kids. Also very active in community for manatee protection. I think they make a huge...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tina O
Reviewed 2 days ago

Only a Buck to get in! Small but lots of exhibits. Great for children! My favorite thing was a sparkling clean aquarium with living Anenomes and Coral! We learned a lot about Manatees! There is a Visitor Center in a building just north of center...closes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having travelled to Florida on many occasions i was interested to learn a little more about Manatees and this place was on our route. Friendly little resource with useful facts and little exhibits about manatees (and some other marine life). Did actually get to see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LondonUKTraveller101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful gem costs you a $1.00 admission!!!! Learn more about Florida's rare manatees. Wonderful, passionate staff and the exhibits are great for children.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Laurie S
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Just moved to the area and knew I had wanted to check out the manatee center... It was so cute.. great for kids.. only a $1 to get in and the gift shop had a nice selection... not just for kids! I saw 3 manatees...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kasg126
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Weather (warm) and time of day, we missed out on viewing any manatee. However we found the Center quite informative and for a $1 entry fee you can't go wrong. Volunteers were young adults, but knew there stuff. Great place to visit with the kids.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank acupateaacres
Reviewed December 27, 2018

This place is small and wonderful. With a VERY reasonable admission fee, I don't know how anyone could possibly complain about what they have to offer. Friendly, knowledgable volunteers, plenty of information, and displays perfect for children and adults. We lucked out today and saw...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Colleen G
Reviewed December 16, 2018

we did enjoy visiting but it was smaller than we thought. we had hoped to see some manatees but they were not there this time, although we are told they often are. Only 1or 2 bucks to get in.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jazzie D
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We went before the weather cooled off so we did not see any manatees. We will try it again when it cools off. It will be interesting to see these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Scot H
Reviewed October 21, 2018

I've been here in the past but today's visit was EXTRAORDINARY; head and shoulders over other visits. The two gentlemen volunteers, Zachary and Xiang, made today's visit unbelievably enjoyable. They made our visit an unforgettable experience and our party included both young and old. Zachary...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike B
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