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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
12:00 - 16:00
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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A Place to Learn for Kids and Adults

A wonderful staff of enthusiastic volunteers makes this a fun and interesting place to take the family. There was a free Halloween program that was an excellent learning... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Fort Pierce, Florida
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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The kids really enjoyed themselves at this education center. There were many interactive educational exhibits and best of all the manatees were plentiful!

Thank CoralGablesMom1
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not see any Manatees the day we visited. However, saw lots of other interesting sea critters and species of Fish from the observation deck. They have a movie that's also free to watch that was most interesting on Manatees and what we as humans can do to improve their life's. Worth watching!

Thank Hialeah73
Sheffield, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can't beat the $1 admission fee! Staff was awesome and friendly! Very educational for all! Most likely you won't see a manatee unless it's during the colder months but anything is possible because they are Wild Animals! Still worth the admission fee to get educated! Nice gift shop! Stop here to get educated then head to Round Island River Park... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful staff of enthusiastic volunteers makes this a fun and interesting place to take the family. There was a free Halloween program that was an excellent learning experience with special treats. Definitely recommended for a family activity that will take an hour or two.

Thank TravelingB0B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Thus place does itself a disservice with its name. You can learn a lot about manatees there, so it is an Education Center. Burt as for Observation, the fact is that manatees are wild animals that come and go as they please. In the warm months when all Florida's waters are temperate, there's no need for manatees to swim in... More 

Thank tomcat33333
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is a wonderful place dedicated to manatee conservation - they have interactive displays and during the right time of year, you can see the manatees gathering in the warm waters outside. They naturally come here because of the warm waters flowing from the nuclear power plant nearby.

Thank judydogdoc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Well, given that it costs 1$ to get in, the staff are really helpful and there is a film room, info, lots of activities, a touch tank (yes exactly! That alone warrants a visit), and most of all the best location at which to spot a manatee... I think the negative reviews are frankly in bad taste. This place is... More 

Thank Wendy L
Long Valley, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

This was a fun little place to visit during our vacation. The visitor center is small but the volunteers are very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to show you around. The admission fee is only $1, so there's absolutely no way that you can't get your money's worth! There's a touch tank, a small aquarium (a large fish tank), an educational... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Visited with our preteen son in late July. Got lucky and saw one manatee pop its head up very quickly, then disappeared. He was huge!

1 Thank ChrisJenMiller
Sycamore, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Didn't see any manatees but saw a few dolphins on the boat trip. Touch tank and the center's volunteers were very attentive and informative. Took time with our boys to answer their questions and let them touch all the exhibits. I know you can't control wild life but really had hoped they would see some manatees.

Thank Trisha H

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