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“Manatee Heaven”
Review of Manatee Park

Manatee Park
Ranked #14 of 125 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Look for the West Indian manatee.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go here in the winter, so many in a small place. The staff volunteers are great. Ask all the questions you want. Excellent experience.

Thank wayneinfortmyersflor
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw at least 30 manatees. Very happy with my trip. It's not the prettiest of river area, but I still had a good time.

1  Thank Swilankan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you can visit on a cool morning you are guaranteed to see lots of manatees. The manatee talk is very informative. When the weather is warm you may still see some but don't count on it. I have to almost drag my wife away on some visits. Next year we are going to rent kayaks.

1  Thank jimintomah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit Manatee Park every December. If it is cool enough, we know that the manatees will be around. They enjoy the warm waters put off by the power plant and when the water temperatures are cool, there will be many manatees to see. This past December was a very cool day that we went, but the water was very dark and it was very hard to see them unless they came above water. It was difficult to take a picture before they went back down in the water. We could tell from the water movement that many were there, so we decided to rent a kayak. The lines were very long, and we were told that we needed to wait less than 45 minutes. We gave them our driver's licenses and waited by the observation area for a text. After 90 minutes, we went back to find out why they hadn't called us. The two ladies had never entered our information and claimed they didn't even have our license! After looking around, they did find our license, but we decided that we had waited long enough and just left. We were disappointed, but we will go back again next year to try to see these lovely creatures. I just don't think we will consider renting a kayak again.

Thank rbiddle2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a nice little park! We visited when the temperatures dipped below 50 degrees, many manatees were visible in the canal snacking on the grass at the water's edge. Good informational signs about the manatees were posted along the paths. The park is free and worth the visit.

1  Thank Lori D
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