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Manatee Sanctuary Park, Cape Canaveral

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  • Nice park! Paved walking path with views of the water. Clean restrooms. Turtles and fish & birds are very enjoyable to watch. Benches to rest on. A super find and relaxing place to go find some quiet ...  more »
  • Very nice park and facilities. Limited viewing of manatees based on the time of year. Nice fitness trail. 
  • The park is reasonably pretty. But I'm not sure the park is really setup for property viewings of manatees. The boardwalk I'd to far back from the water and blocked by trees at most points. I certainl...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Lovely little park with walking path and exercise posts along the way. The city plans fun things there from time to time!
  • 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
  • I just love the tranquility here.