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“Come See the Manatee” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manatee Park

Manatee Park
Ranked #8 of 111 things to do in Fort Myers
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Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Come See the Manatee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Manatee Park is worth the visit. Manatee's are incredible animals and interesting to watch and learn about. They have a very humanistic aspect to them and they are colossal animals to watch. In late fall through early Spring, the Manatee's travel up river to the park and reside there for the Winter because of the warmth of the water. Viewing is quite good at the park and the park in general is well maintained. You might catch a glimpse of an Alligator while you are there, as well as, many native birds. The Park is well laid out and offers quite a bit of information on Manatees and the other wild life that you may encounter. The only real cost is the parking and that is nominal. Canoeing and Kayaking rentals are available also if you have a desire go get up close and personal with the Manatee. Over-all, a very nice way to spend half of a day while learning about Manatees and the environment at the same time.

Visited May 2013
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“Must see the Manatees”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

These are truly amazing mammals, and to be able to see them in their own habitat, without any barriers should be seen when you come to visit. They're so gentle & peaceful to watch.

Visited February 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great place to visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Visit the Park early as it can become crowded esp. with schoolbusses and field trips. Best time is the morning following a cool evening. The water in this area is warmer and there is usually an increase in the numbers of Manatee to see. There are canoe/kayak rentals available and snacks in the park. Take your camera and try to get some pics. We usually visit a number of times during our stay in Florida.

Visited December 2012
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Dracut, Massachusetts
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“Surprisingly enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Realizing that manatees swim underwater I was surprised that we actually got to see some - at least their snouts, tails and backs.
For some reason I guess they were particularly active, they seemed to be playing.
The best part of Manatee Park is it free - except you must pay to park. Don't forget
this little detail unless you want to get a parking ticket.
You can take a pleasant walk around the grounds too.
Here and there you will find posters, drawings and diagrams about manatee anatomy
and behavior.

Visited November 2013
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Wow---we saw a Manatee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

On our first visit here we actually saw a female Manatee with two young. This was a delight to watch. The Park is really good, not very large but with pleasant walkways and an information centre. The parking only costs one dollar per hour. Good location to take kids as there are lots of shaded seating for picnics etc. We met a guide who was very helpful and gave us lots of information. Even saw a croc!!! Well worth a visit if in the area. I'm told January is a great time to see lots of Manatee as they come up seeking the warm waters here.

Visited November 2013
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