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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. 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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  • This is a nice place to visit however we didn't see any manatees. They are gone for the summer season but we still took the trip just for the fun of it. We got a nice souvenir from one of the women wo...  more »
  • Great for all ages. Fabulous view of the manatees in the winter months ONLY. There's a power plant nearby that keeps the water warm in the winter months and the manatees migrate to this area of the ri...  more »
  • My family and I went here on kayaks that we rented. Though we did not see any manatees we still had a great time and saw plenty of other animals like fish and birds.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.