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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
+1 772-429-6266
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Educational But No Manatees

Small little place with very nice volunteers working there. Some interesting exhibits and it seems... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mintkid
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Glassboro, New Jersey
Very informative

Stopped in after a tour of the Navy SEal museum nearby. The Manatees were not in evidence because... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bilewis
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Richmond
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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.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good36%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“gift shop” (30 reviews)
“touch tank” (21 reviews)
“small center” (5 reviews)
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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
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+1 772-429-6266
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Small little place with very nice volunteers working there. Some interesting exhibits and it seems like they have some nice activities for kids. We went there to see Manatees and saw none. We also went to another location that they recommended and didn't see any...More

Thank Mintkid
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in after a tour of the Navy SEal museum nearby. The Manatees were not in evidence because of the water temperature conditions but plenty of information, pictures and other material was available at the center. If your in the area it's a quick and...More

Thank bilewis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to this place many times, and on several occasions we have seen manatees. There is a gift shop, and an overlook with stairs in addition to the ground level observation areas. It's always clean and well kept. Not much to do, but nice for...More

Thank merissa m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your in the area and have a bit of time to spare its defintly worth stopping by. Its very small and there's chance you wont see any Manatees but its only one dollar and the lady working there was very nice and eventhough their...More

Thank June M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was courteous and friendly. Unfortunately we did not see manatees due to the water being a bit choppy due to the wind but hopefully will see them next time.

Thank Marcia A
Reviewed 5 October 2017

My family and I really enjoyed exploring here. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. They even called us outside when they spotted a manatee so we could come outside and see. We were there about 2 hours. It's definitely worth a visit.

Thank kelsladean
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We stop every time we visit my Florida family sometimes you'll be lucky to see some and sometimes not but there's a cute little store and a little info place a few things for kids to do we even took a stroll after Friday fest...More

Thank Samijojo7037
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Come while the water is still cold from October thru April to see these lovely sea creatures. The Manatee Center is very educational and appealing. This summer there has been nearby construction so the manatee sightings have been sparse. This is just a great place...More

Thank Ralph T
ManateeCenter, Development Officer at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for your 5-star review Ralph! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. As a quick update, the construction group across the street finished renovating the seawall last week and removed the equipment along the Creek. The...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

We love the Manatee Observation and Education Center, we come here often we learn so much and can spend hours here. My great nephew loves to see the touch tank as well as other exhibits, There are great cut outs that you can put your...More

Thank froggie93
ManateeCenter, Development Officer at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you, froggie93! We're happy to be here and are proud to receive your five-star review.

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Only $1 admission. It would be a great place for kids to learn more about wildlife. It's on the smaller side but the volunteers are awesome and will teach you about all sorts of animals.

Thank leahkc17
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