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Address: 5605 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905-3122
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Hard to rate. Depends on the weather

We have visited here a number of times and the best is when the weather is bad. It is located in the outfall of a power plant and, when the weather is cool the manatees come to... read more

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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Bedminster, New Jersey
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68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited here a number of times and the best is when the weather is bad. It is located in the outfall of a power plant and, when the weather is cool the manatees come to stay warm. On a nice day they will be out in the river feeding and you won't see any. On one cold day... More 

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Grove City, Minnesota
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62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fun place to see Manatee during the winter months but very crowded if they are there. Informative video tells you all about them. Nice trails and gardens. You can also rent canoes and kayaks.

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Thank jimbev2015
Pittsburgh
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great way to see these gentle giants close up. But you must be there before the water in the Gulf warms up or they will all be gone from the river.

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Highlands Ranch
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221 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The park has the feel of an outdated "mom and pop" operation and their website is terrible. However, there is nice path and boardwalk and even though it wasn't the "busy season" we did a number of manatees both close to the visitor center and in the open area where you can kayak. There was limited and conflicting information online.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The Manatees are such a treat to see year after year. The grounds are nice to walk around in, there is a gift shop. I like to go down by the river and see if there are any gators around.

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Thank Diana M O
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300 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Easy to find, right off Main road. Parking needs to be fixed, seriously not fun parking in grass. Great time other than that. Watching the Manatee was cool. They're so neat, during the winter us the best time. Good family time

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Thank FtMyersFoody
Fort Myers, Florida
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Go early to rent a kayak there. We kayaked out thru the overhanging trees to the river where the Manatees come in the winter since the water is warm there from a near by power plant. Best day ever! I highly recommend it!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Everyone should see manatees at least once if you are in this area. They are slow moving and living in groups it seems.

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Thank Ft_Myers_FLSunshine
Boone, North Carolina
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a marvelous experience, taking time to relax and enjy the sight of the manatees bouncing up and down in the ponds. The setting is informative and very worthwhile for learning about these curioius creatures and seeing them perform.

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Not much to say. You get what you pay for in this area. Cute but not real exciting. Just move slow and then you might have some fun.

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