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“Not worth the trip”
Review of Manatee Park

Manatee Park
Ranked #8 of 119 things to do in Fort Myers
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Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was a total disappointment. Maybe because their were no manatees to see that day.
But definitely not worth admission and what you see. Also a hard spot to find. Would recommend using a GPS to get there.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My wife and I stopped here with guests from Germany in hopes of viewing the manatees. While there were 5 to 10 of manatees in the viewing area, the water is so murky that it is very difficult to see them unless they surface to get air. We listened in on the manatee presentation that was taking place and while the volunteer staffer seemed knowledgeable, he was a little disorganized and so we left before he completed his presentation.

There is a $2/hour fee to park your car ($5 per day). You will need cash since they use an envelope system to collect the money.

1  Thank Illinois_John
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Very nice day trip - usually excellent ... especially during the cold periods in December, January and Feburary (sometimes early March if cold weather sets in for a week or two). EZ on/off Hwy 75 @ exit 141 ... go East about two miles on the right side of the road across from the Power Plant - Sign says Manatee Park. Essentially free entrance ... $2 parking fee requested / multiple viewing spots to see Manatees (we have always had the best viewing luck on the small bay to the left of the large live oak tree) ... the Manatees move into the warm post power house water flow - they struggle to survive in water under 68 degree F in the Gulf, so move from the Gulf of Mexico to the rivers leading to this park. In the last couple years we have had 'incredible viewing' (real Kodak Moment) during cold streaks where we see hundreds of manatee sometimes stacked together close to the surface ... to 'ok viewing' during warmer periods in early March ... where you'll still seeing a number of manatees surfacing in the various view areas just not as close or in the same numbers. Be sure to take in the scheduled orientations (takes about 15-20 min - worth it - questions encouraged) by mantee volunteers that tell you about the manatees, history, etc (e.g. they eat 10% of their body weight every day in vegetation - adults weight about 1,000 lbs). Cute gift shop on site with inexpensive 'take home manatee gift' items. Highly recommend for adults and kids - do not think you'll or your guests if you are bringing friends/family will be disappointed ... again, especially in Dec/Jan/Feb. Bring your camera - enjoy!

Thank JMelq
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Beautiful, pocket-sized park full of native subtropical vegetation. Fishing pier and canoe/kayak launch. One thing you MUST be aware of is that you are unlikely to see manatees except during cooler weather in the winter! However, even without the presence of manatees, you may still enjoy the birds, butterflies and aquatic life. In the winter, tarpon may be seen. Unless you plan to canoe, an hour is plenty of time to see the park.

2  Thank WaterWeasel
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Manatee Park is small but well done and informative about Manatees. Keep in mind though, that the water temperature must be below 68 degrees for the Manatees to seek out the warm canal from the power plant. This is the whole reason the park exist because the Manatees find it on cool South Florida days. But if it is sunny and in the 70s and 80s, you won't see any Manatees There is no charge but you must pay $2 for parking.

1  Thank William S
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