Manatee Park, Fort Myers
Categories: Nature & Parks
When the waters of the gulf are cold, generally from November until March, Manatee Park serves as a refuge for manatees. You can observe the large animals, take photos, and join free guided group activities. The park consists of a canal where kayaking and canoeing are popular. (Visit the gift shop for info on renting a kayak.) You'll also find a butterfly garden, an amphitheater, and a picnic area with additional amenities. The complex is open year-round. Find educational materials at the visitor center, and check out the gift shop's books and gifts. Before you head to Fort Myers, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Fort Myers itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Fort Myers has to offer, including Manatee Park.
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MANY manatees can be seen Dec- March for sure. If in question call to see if they have arrived earlier. Volunteers also offer free tours. Amazingly close view of the manatees
The Manatee Park is across the street from FPL on SR 80 in Fort Myers at Exit 141 on I-75. The park was built so that the warm water form the electric plant encourages Manatees into the park. The park... read more »
I have gone here several times over the years. Just once did we get to see the Manatees. Which was great. All the other times which were several there was nothing to see. Does anyone know what month i... read more »
Great little park I launch in my kayak. i enjoyed the tiny water trail before hitting the river the best. Was so peaceful and beautiful!!!
We were just excited to walk this beautiful park and see manatees! As we were paying to park a man working on the front of the building acted like we were crazy to be there because the manatees leave in March. Today is April 27th. They should mention on the web site that best viewing times are until March. So we walked this poorly maintained park. Even the plant marked poison ivy was dead. The butterfly garden really needed help...trimming, watering. I will try one more time just to see if they actually have manatees ever! Manatee park...a bust.
We didn't see too many Manatees, just a few swimming below our Kayak. I loved the inscription of that nice mural on the visitor center: "All living things are connected"...
Parking is $2 for 2 hours or $5 all day Manatee Park is outting for friends & also family friendly! There are benches throughout the park &and area for a picnic. A great to do while in Fort Myers. The staff are very friendly and informative! Also enjoyed the butterfly garden.
A nice park to visit if you'd like to see some manatees. It can be a bit crowded during the season and when they have events here. But, a nice little park next to a busy highway.
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