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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
+1 772-429-6266
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Kayla

We had a wonderful experience at the Manatee observation. We didn't see any manatees but got to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kayladiane2018
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Vero Beach, Florida
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Nice place and gift shop

This place is next to the visitors center and very interesting. There is a canal next to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
edodowd
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New Bern, North Carolina
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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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  • Average24%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“gift shop” (31 reviews)
“touch tank” (23 reviews)
“small center” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful experience at the Manatee observation. We didn't see any manatees but got to hold other sea creatures and received a lot of education during feeding time of the creatures. A fun experience for kiddos!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is next to the visitors center and very interesting. There is a canal next to the building but did not see any manatees.

Thank edodowd
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by as we were spending the night in the marina next door. The admission was $2.00 and it took about 30 minutes to see the exhibits. Staff is volunteers so they did not add too much to the visit. Homeless people were staying outside...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in on a rainy day. We unfortunately didn't get to see any manatees but we did go inside. There's lots of things for little kids to do and touch. We had a young man who was a volunteer who is brave enough to...More

Thank CWBsmom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tripped upon the Manatee Observation and Education Center during our first visit to Fort Piece. Not knowing what it might be, we decided to try an adventure and were very glad we did. It's a delightful place, located in a lovely spot right on...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Look, put simply it’s a small building that goes into depth about Manatees. The true attraction is the fact that if your lucky a manatee or two will be right outside in the water just bobbing around allowing you a photo or two. Love it.

Thank Adrian N
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Reviewed April 25, 2018

I brought my four year old daughter and six month old son to the center, not expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised! Although we didn't see any manatees we explored the education center and enjoyed the air conditioning. The volunteer staff was happy, smiling and...More

Thank Ashley C
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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

This was a small center dedicated to manager education, but also included some tanks of fish and other sea life. The short film was informative and the volunteers share information with you. No manatees could be seen from the observation deck when we were there....More

Thank TropicalLover
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

The center itself is very small, only a dollar entrance fee. Their are two fish tank exhibits and a manatee video. The staff were friendly. Not much else to do onsite. The attached store has fun trinkets and nice artwork. The viewing area outside is...More

Thank Zephyr_Travel
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ManateeCenter, Manager at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2018

Thank you for visiting, Zephyr_Travel, and we are sorry you did not enjoy your visit more. While we are a small facility, we do our best to be a facility for and by the community. The Manatee Center is operated by four full-time staff members...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

This is a fairly good place for some education about Manatees and their preservation. The center overall, however, is weak. The manatees to see are outside in a canal and are hard to see. A very small room inside shows a helpful movie but it...More

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