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Manatee Sanctuary Park, Cape Canaveral

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Jogging Paths, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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  • Very nice and quiet park to walk on the paths or just chill and watch the wildlife. I have not seen the manatees but there are a lot of turtles in the pond. The workout stations are a cool feature. 
  • It's a nice quiet and clean park for walking and seeing some turtles and birds in the pond, but the views of the river were fairly obstructed so maybe there were manatees and we just couldn't see them...  read more »
  • Beautiful area. Quiet and serene. We were fortunate enough to see several dolphins right off the shore putting on a show for us!! Many turtles were also happy to entertain us as well. We always try to...  read more »
  • NOTE: This is Manatee Sanctuary Park in Cape Canaveral, NOT Manatee Cove Park in Merritt Island. They are different parks. This one does not really have a boat launch, although there is a paddle-based launch site just up the street at Banana River Park. Two years ago, my husband and I went on a kayak tour out of Manatee Cove Park in Merritt Island. That's where we saw a LOT of manatees in the cove and at least one dolphin in the Indian River lagoon -- around noonish in the summer. We have not had such luck with viewing manatees from the boardwalk of this park. This park has an exercise trail, a large-ish picnic pavilion and a nice, covered boardwalk right by the water. Sunsets across the Banana River can be pretty, and you can sometimes find some wildlife right along the riverbank by the boardwalk, if you are quiet and don't scare off the birds, etc. I HAVE spotted dolphins on my paddleboard, launching out of Banana River Park, just a very short drive up the street / North of this park. Some folks may see some wildlife in the water from the boardwalk of this park, although that may vary on time of day and year. Your better bet for finding manatees may be a kayak tour out of Manatee Cove Park in Merritt Island, although I don't know for sure.
  • Quite park. We went during the colder time and there were so many manatees there staying warm in the pond. They were so awesome to watch. They have a park for the kids and it was quite fun playing hide and seek with the grand children. Its up north of Merritt Island where the neighborhood is quite. There are other wonderful places to visit while you are up that way.
  • We love this place. It is peaceful place. there is pavilion very nice to have outdoor service. and also you could fish there too. they are many catfish
  • Nice walking path, good views of the Banana River, Covered Pavilions and good restrooms
  • Came in the rain. Saw a few dolfins swim by. Nice manatee statue.
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