Manatee Observation & Education Center

Manatee Observation & Education Center, Fort Pierce: Hours, Address, Manatee Observation & Education Center Reviews: 4/5

Manatee Observation & Education Center

Manatee Observation & Education Center
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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 interactive displays - all of which 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 the 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. Please feel free to call ahead in advance to ask whether manatees are present. MOEC is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop The Vanishing Mermaid.
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1-2 hours
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Dvkevin
Drayton Valley, Canada133 contributions
Family outing.
Oct 2021 • Friends
Just seen on TV about these weird mammals that live in fresh water and was hoping to see them around this area. Just was a little early on them coming down the river looking for warm fresh water. Seen other fish and crabs here in aquariums. Took about 1 hour of time and was only two bucks to go throw. Cheap. Seen a Blowfish and the Tigerfish. Now if they could only , Catch Tigerfish and freeze dry them to hang for purchase ,that would maybe remove some from the area and be cool to have.
Written October 20, 2021
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Biff Simpson
Wilbraham, MA916 contributions
No manatees, no staff, nice butterfly garden
Apr 2021 • Couples
The visitors center itself was closed due to that disease. They do have a two story observation tower to view fish, boats and manatees is it’s cold enough to force them upstream. It was warm when we were there, so no manatees

Two things to note 1) there is a parking lot which is used for boat launching, so RVs and trailers can park and 2) the chamber of commerce is right next door and the people there are really nice
Written April 17, 2021
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Danielle
13 contributions
Visiting Downtown Fort Pierce
Mar 2021 • Couples
Visiting downtown Fort Pierce is such a hidden gem, especially the Manatee Observation Center. I've attended their annual 5k with my boyfriend and the volunteers there were so friendly. We were amazed by the beautiful scenery around the center which is the intercoastal. A great place to learn about their cause.
Written March 21, 2021
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anna z
Pensacola, FL403 contributions
Closed
Jan 2021 • Couples
They are NOT open and according to a volunteer haven’t been since March- update your website!!!!! A volunteer is at the canal to answer questions but that’s all- they really need to update online information- people make special trips...like us!
Written January 26, 2021
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Kelley H
7 contributions
Great kayak tour
Nov 2020 • Family
We took a guided kayak tour with the manatee center and had a great experience. The trip went into mangrove tunnels that I would not have tried on my own with my kids for fear of getting lost. We saw interesting wildlife (sea turtle, mangrove crabs, lots of birds) and had a beautiful morning on the water. The cost was very affordable ($30 per person) and the staff were so very helpful.
Written November 28, 2020
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Howard W
7 contributions
Worth a visit.
Jul 2020
Interesting exhibits in a fantastic setting. You can relax in the attached park on the banks of The Indian River. Very clean and relaxing. Bring your camera
Written September 5, 2020
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Angela G
Carneys Point, NJ26 contributions
Educational and Fun
Feb 2020 • Friends
Very informative with very knowledgeable volunteers. We got lucky and saw a manatee on her way out of the harbor!
Written February 14, 2020
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wendy l
20 contributions
Good facilities
Feb 2020 • Friends
Great information indoors about manatees and other ocean life. Excellent gift shop. Saw a few manatees from a distance- it was a hot morning.
Written February 13, 2020
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George M
Glen Burnie, MD227 contributions
Nice Park
Feb 2020
There is a seaside park and an Intet-Coastal Waterway park. During the right time of the year you can observe Manatees in the inter coastal.
Written February 11, 2020
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Peter A
Wiscasset, ME51 contributions
Bullied by staff member
Feb 2020
We were publicly shamed in front of a tour by a staff member while in a tiny plastic boat attempting to look at the other boats in the marina. The staff member said that it was a no wake zone, which we knew and couldn't possibly have been going any slower with our tiny electric motor.

Of course we immediately stopped when she declared a manatee in the canal. Rather than thank us for stopping and offering standing look-out so we could safely retreat, she insisted that we row out and declared that it was 'good exercise' for us.

My wife is in her late seventies and I have a heart condition. We were in no way disturbing anyone, drawing a wake or causing harm to any manatees. Fortunately, our little dinghy is equipped with emergency paddles and we were able to comply with her request. If we didn't have these paddles, we're not sure if she would have required us to swim out into the channel.

We feel that her zealous, public attack on us was completely over reactive and has left us with a bad feeling. We are from Maine and are members of several conservation efforts and are not strangers to responsible natural resource sharing and sensitive environmental practices.

We will not be supporting this local charity.
Written February 11, 2020
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Dear Peter, I am very sorry to hear about your experience at the Manatee Center. We strive to be inclusive and patient in our education and communications, and what you experienced is not representative of our approach. Our team is largely volunteer-based, with only four staff members and nearly 150 volunteers. We take care to train staff and volunteers alike toward a positive educational and outreach approach, and we will address this promptly. As a team, we are passionate about protecting the manatees in Moore's Creek, and we can sometimes get lost in our own message. It sounds like your boat may have been in Moore's Creek, which is actually a motorboat-prohibited zone between November 15 and March 31st. Motorboats are actually required by law to turn their motors off, and, if possible, raise the propellers out of the water. This is because of the manatee migration activity during these months. I'm certain the person who was talking to you meant well, but that does not excuse public shaming. I am sorry again for your experience, and we wish you the best in your travels and conservation efforts. We're happy to hear you experienced a manatee sighting during your visit, and we're very happy to know that you are fellow environment lovers and conservationists. Our sincere apologies and best wishes, Rachel and the ManaTeam
Written February 13, 2020
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