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“Something cool to do if it's chilly in the Fort Myers Area” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manatee Park

Manatee Park
Ranked #8 of 111 things to do in Fort Myers
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Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Baltimore, MD
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Something cool to do if it's chilly in the Fort Myers Area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2010

A prolonged cold snap forced my husband and I to go to plan B and find some things to do in the Fort Myers area that were not beach related due to the cold. We heard from a number of sources that the excessive cold had forced an unusually large number of manatees into this canal which is located next to a power plant. Warm water is discharged into the canal and is a safe haven for the manatees.

We arrived about 2 PM and the parking lot was busy but not overly so. We paid the $5 for all day parking and took the short walk to the viewing area located above the canal. There were large numbers of manatee and we watched as they glided and floated in the water peacefully.

There was a docent present and he answered the many questions happily and provided alot of local information in regards to the manatee and their relationship with people. The interpretive signage was well done and informative and in all it was a pleasent afternoon. Bring lunch as there are many, many areas to sit and eat while watching these beautiful creatures.

The bathrooms were clean and adequately stocked and the gift store had a number of manatee themed items for sale.

There are MANY, MANY signs around the area advertising that theft is a problem there and to not leave valuables in your vehicle. Heed this warning. Other than that - have a great time.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
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“Great Place To View Manatees”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2009

Wonderful place to view manatees close up but you must go in January or February when it is cold in Florida. Manatees come to the park which is right next to the hydro electric plant which warms the waters. It is a small park with a playground and picnic benches but the manatees are the main attraction. The volunteers are very helpful and informative. Kayaking is a real treat. Conveniently located right off of 75 and the fruit and vegetable stands on State Route 80 offer fresh Florida produce.

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Fort Myers
2 reviews
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“Great! But don't leave imp stuff in your car.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2009

My family loved the park. The park and the staff are great. We saw the manatees. Don't leave valuables in the car. We got robbed today. Worst experience in the world! But it's kind of overwhelming to have a good time and then see your car broken and your impt info on you don't know who's hands. My kids are terrified! Hope the police can do something about it : (

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Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fantastic - lives up to its name”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2008

Manatee Park is quite simply one of the best kayaking experiences ever. Whether you are an avid kayaker or a novice, you have the opportunity to see wildlife in a way that you would never experience on the shore. Take a trip with kayak-excursions.com where you get the best equipment, the best service and a fantastic overall experience. The manatee are in abundance and worth the trip, wherever you are coming from

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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127 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“I love the manatees!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2007

I have been there on two separate trips to Fort Myers. What you see there depends on the season, but when the Gulf water is cold, and the manatees come into the park to be warm, it is amazing to see them. My son could just watch them for hours. They are so endearing. It is great that they have this facility to protect these wonderful animals.

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