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“Water Temperature is Everything!”
Review of Manatee Park

Manatee Park
Ranked #8 of 120 things to do in Fort Myers
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Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Kids and adults alike love to see the Manatees. The key to a successful visit, however, is the temperature of the water in the Gulf. If it gets below 68 degrees F, the manatees will head for the warm waters of Manatee Park. You can then see scores of manatees. On the other hand, if the Gulf is warm there may be only a few manatees in the Park. If fact, there may be none at all.

1  Thank Larry C
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Sometimes man and nature work together unwittingly....in this case Manatee Park benefits form the close proximity to the outflow (warm water) from a powerplant located across the street. When the Gul of Mexico cools, manatees predictably seek warmer, protected waters. That's what Manatee Park is all abouit. Manatees have a safe habitat (no powerboats here), plenty of warm, cozy warm water provided by the outflow form teh Florida Power & Light generating facility just across the highway.

This is a great venue for out-of-town guests as you are virtually sure to see manatees.Plenty more to see here, too. Lots of fish activity, a very, very nice garden walk and a great gift shop.

Thank QuirkyNW
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

These Manatee are fantastic. My spouse had never seen one so took her to this lovely park the first week in April. As the water warms up, they leave this area to return later in the year as temp goes down. We were lucky that day and saw quite a few. Particularly enjoyed the info videos on Manatee that play continually. A small gift shop compliments the grounds of the park.

Thank James M
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

It was a very nice tranquil park in Fort Myers. Be aware that there likely won't be Manatees much into April. They fly the coop once the gulf water warms up.

1  Thank Seattledan9
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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

Many never have the opportunity to see the West Indian Manatees. During cold snaps and for most of the winter season, manatees congregate near the warm waters of the electric plant. When present there can be dozens with young in toe. Hopefully, seeing these slow moving creatures will spawn further interest in their preservation and protection.

Thank bobmcduff123
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