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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