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Manatee World

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Great winter must see!

That manatees move to warmer waters in the winter and this is the place to see them! Fabulous huge... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2018
Venice, Florida

Something to see!! Best time of year is in winter as they like to hang out near the warm water... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Fort Myers, Florida
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5605 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905-3122
+1 239-694-4042
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

That manatees move to warmer waters in the winter and this is the place to see them! Fabulous huge sea giants gather to stay warm!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Something to see!! Best time of year is in winter as they like to hang out near the warm water basin and Orange River generated by the Florida Power & Light Plan (off Highway 80E). If you look closely you might even see "mamas with...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank lsp228
Reviewed 27 March 2018

We were disappointed that we went during a time of the year when the manatees weren't there but were delighted to learn more about manatees during their complimentary lecture. Best to visit here during the colder months to see the manatees!

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank FloridaGirl12
Reviewed 18 February 2018

Great hidden treasure. Manatees are amazing! Staff very informative and friendly. Great place for kids. Well kept. Nice stop!

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Catherine F
Reviewed 12 February 2018

If the temperature is cool, go there as the big sea horses are seeking warm water, Great place to take kids. Definitely a plus to do on a cool day!!

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank WPEVLE
Reviewed 6 February 2018

We wanted to view Manatees in their natural habitat and this place gave us the opportunity. In January, there were plenty of manatees swimming and surfacing in the canal so we could enjoy their movements. A beautiful short hike on sidewalks and wooden piers.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank 123CasualTraveler123
Reviewed 5 February 2018

If you go on a cooler day, there are a lot of manatees available for viewing. Parking cost by the hour and it's cheap...free for disabled vets, I believe. They have a nice walkway and free speakers that tell you about the manatees and Florida...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank DebbieAustin
Reviewed 22 December 2017

A nice stop for a inexpensive experience. The Manatees are abundant when water temperatures cool and the power plant is sending warm water into the Orange River. Nice park to walk some modest trails. The water is a bit dark, likely due to the Lake...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Luckyme1980
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

It is a sight to see. Go in the cold weather. The Manatees go up next to the outlet of warm water from the power plant. They are the most joyous mameles I have ever seen. They play together and just have fun lumbering around...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Mary D
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Nicely designed,with walkways to observe, not big enough! Always want to see more.....👍 knowledgeable attendants

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank 535myreview
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Sharon L
18 January 2018|
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Response from Luckyme1980 | Reviewed this property |
The cost is minimal. A couple dollars to park only.
26 March 2017|
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Response from luckyg215 | Reviewed this property |
In June you will Not see the manatees. It is still a nice place to see the butterfly gardens, kayak, take a limited walk, see the tiki hut, or to have kids play on the play ground, but manatees are only there when it is cold... More
5 February 2017|
Response from Wayne H | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have both kayaks and canoes on site that you can rent and go out among the manatees. Not sure if this is suitable for this parent's daughter, but it may be worth looking into.