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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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Address: 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone Number:
+1 772-429-6266
Today
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Wonderful experience

It was a really a wonderful experience being up close to manatees in the wild! It sounded like they are there a lot unless its unusually cold. Only takes a little while to walk... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a really a wonderful experience being up close to manatees in the wild! It sounded like they are there a lot unless its unusually cold. Only takes a little while to walk around inside and then watch the manateesIt's too bad you can't get a little closer to the manatees since the water is shallow near the bigger... More 

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Thank Grace Michelle T
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this manatee center. Totally ran by volunteers. Very informative. Unfortunately the day we were there the manatee were spotted a couple of hours earlier but that didn't stop us from enjoying this center.

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Thank Karen S
Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been a couple of times on the way to the beach. Unfortunately we haven't seen any manatee, but the center is informative and helps educate about conservation of habitat and this gentle giant of an endangered species

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only 1$ to enter, great for younger kids. Run by volunteers, it made for a wonderful stop as we enjoyed the area

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't understand the comment about not having manatee. They do, just look outside under the bridge. This place is real nice. I will return. Loved the crab and fish.

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Thank Daniel S
Tinley park
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A quick stop at this informative little place on the water inlet that was enjoyable for the entire family. While we were not able to see any wild manatees, they still had a nice, small exhibit room inside, mainly for kids to explore small Florida marine life and a touch tank with knowledgeable volunteers explaining what can be seen. My... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a typical example of small scale usefulness. I knew bugger all about manatees and in 15 min's enthousiastic volunteers get you up to speed. For a buck...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited in mid December and there were no manatees. The lady on staff said they were scattered throughout their habitat but who be in the area when the weather and water are cooler.

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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

A small but very informative visitors centre, the volunteers were great and couldn't do enough to ensure that our visit was fun and informative

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Wareham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We have stopped in here a few times. Every single time, we have looked through the gift shop and always but some new creative good quality gift for someone. Be it for Christmas, a birthday or a special occasion...we find it here.

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