Manatee Park, Fort Myers

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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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  • Very small park, but if you're in the vicinity, must see! In the off-season, as now in November you can rent kayaks only on weekends. But we were there for the manatees and they were numerous in the water. Unfortunately only short snouts or back can be seen, because the water was too dark, but for us a great experience!
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  • It’s early yet but we were able to see a mother and some babies in the water swimming around Kayak launch not open yet but soon  more »
  • This was a nice place to stretch our legs and relax for an hour, although our sons could have spent the whole day there. I was fun to watch for the Manatee to come to the top of the water. It is amazi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Always a nice visit during the colder months to see the Manatees. Also looks like a nice place for Kayaking.
  • 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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