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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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fort Myers using our trip planner.
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  • Off season which meant no manatee sightings. But the gift shop was great. Still great I formation about manatees and photo ops. 
    Off season which meant no manatee sightings. But the gift shop was great. Still great I formation about manatees and photo ops.  more »
  • There are no manatees at Manatee Park ( in the summertime). Don't waste your time looking for them. We were there June 18th and park attendant said they hadn't seen one in months! Nice peacefully... 
    There are no manatees at Manatee Park ( in the summertime). Don't waste your time looking for them. We were there June 18th and park attendant said they hadn't seen one in months! Nice peacefully...  more »
  • I visited Florida with family. I had never seen a manatee. We went to this park and we were not disappointed. There were many manatees in the water around power plant. We all enjoyed this day trip 
    I visited Florida with family. I had never seen a manatee. We went to this park and we were not disappointed. There were many manatees in the water around power plant. We all enjoyed this day trip  more »
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  • first we walked around the property saw a couple manatees but the watercolor is very dark so you only saw like a little nose about coming out of the water. Then we rented kayaks for the 2 hour kayaking trip on our own They give you a map and it's pretty simple to find the manatees they tell you where they're hanging out that day. Well worth the trip we had a great time 15 to 20 manatees They came right up to our kayaks You just float around in the bay area about a mile down river. It was a little windy so the paddle back took a good hour of paddling non-stop.
  • It is a beautiful area to paddle around. They have kayaks for rent, and you can bring your own and launch there. The parking was $5. We saw 3 manatees while we were paddling around in the early afternoon.
  • We first went late in the day. We walked along the boardwalk & saw two manatees surface!! We went back the next day to rent kayaks. We rented for 2 hours & saw a ton of manatees! We saw several pods hanging out near the banks while we were out. Highly recommend going out in the kayaks (the tour sounds cool if you've got time!). The water there was very dark & murky, but we had no problems finding manatees. There were tons of them!!
  • Lots of Manatees but the water clarity isn't the best. Definitely check it out if you're in the area. You can view them from land or rent a Kayak. Nov thru March are the best times. Definitely would recommend going north 3 hrs to the springs for the ultimate manatee experience. Last two pics are the difference between a spring fed area and manatee park.
  • We had a great experience at the Manatee park, unfortunately we didn't get to see any adorable manatees but we are planning to return when the weather isn't as hot. They have 2 playgrounds for children and bathrooms. It's $1 for parking per hour.

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