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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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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 4 weeks ago
Scot H
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Love the Gift Shop!

Haven't been to the Manatee Museum but it looks interesting. Have always gone to the Vanishing... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Savannah, Georgia
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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
+1 772-429-6266
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This venue is well worthy of an hour of anyone's time. Since I first encountered a manatee about 4 years ago I have been keen to learn more about them. The volunteers here are so passionate about the sea cows and the short film in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KVJ166
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Haven't been to the Manatee Museum but it looks interesting. Have always gone to the Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop. Great shop- home decor, jewelry, souvenirs and a great kid's gift selection. No charge to get in and shop. Check it out!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kwikkaren
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Not much to experience in August, no manatees as ocean water is warm, great volunteers but they don't have much to work, one very small touch tank and a couple of smallish aquariums, do not take the eco boat tour unless you want a lifeless...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed August 2, 2018

Attractive location and plenty of parking. Very interesting displays. You may see live manatees during cool weather

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Robert S
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

This place was a beautiful experience. There are a lot of cool fishes in the tanks. There are a lot of touch tanks and the volunteers supervise and assist with showing the hermit crabs, starfishes, sea slugs, turtles and other interesting critters. The viewing area...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank julie g
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

No mention as to a summer schedule that the manatee observation is only open on Thursday to Sunday in the summer months........bummer The location of the center was a nice site, across the seven gables visitor center.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Winnebago2010
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a very neat and educational for all. Kids throughly enjoyed the time spent here learning about everything. Weather was perfect, ready to get in and out of.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank istrainer1
Reviewed July 4, 2018

Volunteers are very informative and helpful. There is even a skeleton of a Manatee on display. We also so several manatees in the canal outside the Education center. I have a 9 year old boy who enjoyed the short film and the touch tank.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Krista S
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