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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 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 November 7, 2018
Scot H
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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
kwikkaren
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
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
Thank MPOBOB
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
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