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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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Nice little place ...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
MikeLVNJ
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Long Valley, NJ
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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Long Valley, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

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Thank ChrisJenMiller
Sycamore, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Trisha H
Edgewater, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars 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 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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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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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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