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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
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

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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The Name is Misleading

Thus place does itself a disservice with its name. You can learn a lot about manatees there, so it is an Education Center. Burt as for Observation, the fact is that manatees are... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thus place does itself a disservice with its name. You can learn a lot about manatees there, so it is an Education Center. Burt as for Observation, the fact is that manatees are wild animals that come and go as they please. In the warm months when all Florida's waters are temperate, there's no need for manatees to swim in... More 

Thank tomcat33333
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place dedicated to manatee conservation - they have interactive displays and during the right time of year, you can see the manatees gathering in the warm waters outside. They naturally come here because of the warm waters flowing from the nuclear power plant nearby.

Thank judydogdoc
Nice, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Well, given that it costs 1$ to get in, the staff are really helpful and there is a film room, info, lots of activities, a touch tank (yes exactly! That alone warrants a visit), and most of all the best location at which to spot a manatee... I think the negative reviews are frankly in bad taste. This place is... More 

Thank Wendy L
Long Valley, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

This was a fun little place to visit during our vacation. The visitor center is small but the volunteers are very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to show you around. The admission fee is only $1, so there's absolutely no way that you can't get your money's worth! There's a touch tank, a small aquarium (a large fish tank), an educational... More 

2 Thank MikeLVNJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Visited with our preteen son in late July. Got lucky and saw one manatee pop its head up very quickly, then disappeared. He was huge!

1 Thank ChrisJenMiller
Sycamore, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

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.

Thank Trisha H
Edgewater, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

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 bubbles 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.

Thank billhambor
Peachtree City, GA
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank pogwolly0613
Port St. Lucie
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank banjiPortSt_Lucie

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