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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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Address: 480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
Phone Number: +1 772-429-6266
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique...

MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique environment and its inhabitants, including the endangered Florida manatee. Inside, an educational film, various aquariums, a touch-tank and interactive displays are enhanced by wonderful volunteers. Eco boat tours are available along with a wildlife observation tower which provides visitors a bird's-eye-view of Indian River Lagoon. MOEC is 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. MOEC is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop The Vanishing Mermaid.

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Average boat excursion, great touch tank

Didn't see any manatees but saw a few dolphins on the boat trip. Touch tank and the center's volunteers were very attentive and informative. Took time with our boys to answer... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Trisha H
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Sycamore, Illinois
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Sycamore, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't see any manatees but saw a few dolphins on the boat trip. Touch tank and the center's volunteers were very attentive and informative. Took time with our boys to answer their questions and let them touch all the exhibits. I know you can't control wild life but really had hoped they would see some manatees.

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Edgewater, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I love the fact that they are trying to save manatees, I thought the center fell well short of our expectations. I don't mind paying into a conservation effort. The facility was very small, and the exhibits need attention. The room where they show a short film was strange. This 'cause' deserves a better effort for the public. The... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Two volunteers that work there were very helpful in giving us info on the manatee and the various fish that are located in the surrounding water area..We watched a short movie on the manatee...It is two rooms with aquariums. There is also a gift shop next door.

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Thank billhambor
Peachtree City, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a very small facility dedicated to preserving the manatees. Their building is two rooms with some fish tanks and a couple touch opportunities, but the manatees are wild, and only appear in the adjacent channel in January, February, and sometimes March. It was cheap to get in ($1 each) but no manatees.

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Thank pogwolly0613
Port St. Lucie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Great place to become acquainted with manatees. Inside they have exhibits to introduce you to them and outside you may get to see one in the will in Moore's creek

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

my husband and I took our children to the manatee observation. we had children ranging from ages 8 + 12 we enjoyed our trip there it was very informative and Hands-On although we did not see any manatees it was still a great experience very helpful staff or volunteers should I say they were so sweet and helpful we will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Parking is free and right on the Indian River Lagoon next to the Ft Pierce City Marina.The gift shop has cute gifts and books. It has a nice live display about local sealife. Manatees can be seen year round but more so during the months from November to April

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

This little observatory is a fun place to visit. They have a video about the manatees. Some fish to look at. Wonderful volunteers to talk to. An observation deck that we saw some dolphins from. Unfortunately no manatees were visiting that day, but we still enjoyed it.

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NW Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Stopped by three times during our four days in Ft. Pierce. Never saw a manatee, though understand sightings aren't guaranteed. The volunteers who run the place were very nice and showed us the aquarium with shrimp, sea urchins and starfish caught along the coast. The attached gift shop has a nice variety. Not a big place. Not sure what I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I have been living in Florida for 3 years looking every day on my way home from work. I have yet to see a manatee. The water is black it is disgusting.

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