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Manatee Sanctuary

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Manatee Sanctuary

Anyone know if the Manatee Sanctuary is still 'doable'? Haven't been there for years but coming back and would love for our kids to see them!

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1. Re: Manatee Sanctuary

Are you referring to Manatee Sanctuary Park in Cape Canaveral? If so, it is still open, but spotting manatees there is far from a certain proposition. I'm told that manatees like water temperatures around 72 degrees, so they are not in the area at all from December through February, and are more difficult to spot when the water gets really warm. The water is currently around 80-85 degrees here, so the manatees like the shaded water around the Thousand Islands better.

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We were just there last week. We went in the middle of the day and saw plenty of manatee swimming in the water. None were close to shore, but they might be in the evening.

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Thanks friends! Fingers crossed for March! ;)

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4. Re: Manatee Sanctuary

When you go, walk along the shore beyond just the boardwalk, as the manatees sometimes are there outside the park boundaries, especially slightly to the north, closer to Central Blvd. Seeing them in March will depend somewhat on how cold a winter we have this year. If we have a typical winter, I think you have a fair chance by the latter part of the month, but it all depends on nature.

There is a nice pavilion at the park, which is operated by the City of Cape Canaveral, and a statue of "Sam", the park's manatee mascot.

For a preview of the park itself, see http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4pDdZWBUs .

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5. Re: Manatee Sanctuary

What are the chances of seeing Manatees in late November? I'll be in town for Thanksgiving.

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6. Re: Manatee Sanctuary

The manatees move to warmer waters as the winter season arrives; however, there is still a possibility that they will be there in late November, especially if the weather patterns remain warmer.

To increase your chances of seeing manatees, try several viewing sites beyond Manatee Sanctuary Park:

--The shoreline adjacent to Manatee Sanctuary Park, especially several blocks to the north

--The Banana River Lagoon islands, including the Thousand Islands area, both north and south of downtown Cocoa Beach. Kayaking excursion operators operate in this area, and could advise whether they are still seeing manatees.

--The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge has areas for manatee observation. Ask at, or telephone, the visitors' center to determine if there are still sightings.

--Manatee Cove Park on the Indian River Lagoon, reached by taking highway SR3 (Courtenay Parkway) north from Merritt Island, to Hall Road west, and then Tropical Trail north to the park entrance on your left.

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