Manatee Park, Fort Myers

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#4 of 13 in Parks in Fort Myers
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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fort Myers using our trip planner.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Small but lovely little park very inexpensive. Easy to get two free parking and lower admission fee make this a very affordable outing for a family or individual. Even rent kayaks to kayak in the rive...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    The Manatee love the warm water from the electrical plant. The problem is they only congregate in the winter AND if it's a sunny day, the only thing you will see is the reflection of the sky on top of...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Want to see the manatees? Come when it is cold; they swim up here near the power plant to get warm. Com in the morning when the sun will be behind you and wear polarized glasses.  more »
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  • June 5, 2017
    It's a lovely place to walk and if you're lucky enough you may actually be able to see a sweet big manatee. The location is right off of I-75. You can have a picnic and they also offer kayak rentals as well.
  • March 21, 2017
    Great place, saw many manatees! At 11 and 2 they have a program, these time did not fit when we visited so no comment on them. Restrooms by the shop were clean. The viewing areas were nice and paths were clean. The shop had some nice souvenir items. They also have some self guided tour/information to help you learn more about the manatees. Best to visit fall thru spring, the water is warmer than the rest of gulf during the colder months which is what attracts them to the area.
  • June 13, 2017
    we had a great time even though we didnt get to see any manatees... the water had already started to get warm when we went... but its a beautiful park
  • June 5, 2017
    Always a nice visit during the colder months to see the Manatees. Also looks like a nice place for Kayaking.
  • May 7, 2017
    Get there early during winter months to see the manatees in the viewing area. After that they spread out through the river. Nice park to hang out and kayak or canoe.

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