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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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Address: 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone Number:
+1 772-429-6266
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique...

MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique environment and its inhabitants, including the endangered Florida manatee. Inside, an educational film, various aquariums, a touch-tank and interactive displays are enhanced by wonderful volunteers. Eco boat tours are available along with a wildlife observation tower which provides visitors a bird's-eye-view of Indian River Lagoon. MOEC is situated at the mouth of Moore's Creek which is a popular spot to see visiting manatees during colder months. There are 400-500 manatees living in our area year-round but,considering their backyard is 156 miles long and connected to a multitude of creeks and canals, it is never guaranteed that they will be visiting the center at any given time. MOEC is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop The Vanishing Mermaid.

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Lucked out both times

Visited the site twice and both times there were three manatees swimming by. This was more luck then skill as the manatees are free to come and go. No guarantee they will be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No guarantee of seeing manatees but the small Education center would interest younger children for about half an hour. Nice volunteers and a marina nearby to walk and look at boats. While away a few hours on a cloudy day.

Thank Outabout2014
St Cloud
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting for information on some of local marine life. It's not always easy to find Manatees close by to observe though. You have to get lucky to find Manatees nearby. There is a gift shop attached that is pretty high priced but has some interesting touristy gifts.

Thank Mike B
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had always wanted to see manatees. The guides/volunteers were awesome, gave us tips on spotting manatees and showed us starfish and other creatures in the indoor tank. Very informative video. More than we expected!

Thank OttawaKate2014
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful area to visit. Peaceful and loved waking around. Saw four manatee, big hit for us. would go again.

Thank macpaul1037
Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a very small center but you can watch the manatees right from the observation deck. Very friendly volunteers guided us to the areas of optimal viewing.

Thank Amy E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the site twice and both times there were three manatees swimming by. This was more luck then skill as the manatees are free to come and go. No guarantee they will be there. Tip: if they are not by the bridge try the Marina leading to the tiki restaurant as we saw four there. The center itself is small,... More 

Thank Geoff D
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Positives: Friendly, eager to help staff. Interesting center with various fish tanks and feeding on Tuesday afternoons. Small fee ($1) to enter. Negatives: Boat ride consisted of 90 minutes trolling around looking for manatees or dolphins. When manatees were spotted they were off in the distance so all you saw were brown humps. Dolphins were spotted at very end of... More 

Thank bverbos
Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We moved to Florida to rescue Manatees and now we do that as well as dolphins, sharks, turtles and whales, but this place is wonderful. The volunteers here are friendly and knowledgeable. We do releaces of rehabilitated Manatees from time to time and this place offers a wonderful place to do so. Plenty of parking, clean and very informative

Thank AJ A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The last time we were there, there was three or four adult cows and one or two calfs. The adults and the kids enjoyed watching these slow moving wonders of the waters. Really worth the visit! The Fort Pierce Museum and Aquarium is located not to far away.

Thank Art L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a really a wonderful experience being up close to manatees in the wild! It sounded like they are there a lot unless its unusually cold. Only takes a little while to walk around inside and then watch the manateesIt's too bad you can't get a little closer to the manatees since the water is shallow near the bigger... More 

Thank Grace Michelle T

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