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Manatee Park, Fort Myers
(4.2/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Manatee Park is a GR8 place to visit and it only costs $1/hr or $5 for all day. The canal they come into is very close for viewing. Highly recommend BUT don't bother in warm months as the manatees are...  more »
  • We drove here hoping to see manatees. Instead, we saw lots of construction workers with loud equipment which might be the reason the manatees weren't anywhere to be seen. The water was mucky and smell...  more »
  • During my brief trip to fort Myers I visited Manatee Park. This is the second time I have visitors this safe haven for manatees. Although I didn't see any manatees on this trip, the park is still a wo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is place is awesome. Went in 2016 saw almost 100 manatees. Sleeping swimming. Awesome
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.