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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Manatee Park reviews
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 »
Great place to bring kids to see manatees, or for us seniors who enjoy walking the trails in addition to seeing the manatees. Nice place to bring a picnic lunch. They offer kayak tours, but they are fairly expensive. You can bring your own kayak to the public dock in back for a close-up view of thee manatees. Recommend for a nice relaxing outing.
Parking is $1 per hour. Free admission. This is the best place to see a manatee up close during fall/winter/spring when the Gulf is in the 60s in Lee County. The next closest sure bet is a couple hours north in Brandon or at the boat launch in Cape Kennedy. Further north are Three Sisters Springs and Blue Springs where the water is clearer and the viewing better, but we're talking 4-5 hours away. Butterflies are attracted to the butterfly gardens, everything is wheelchair accessible, the bathrooms are clean...the pathways well marked with descriptive poster signage. A great, low key, semi-tropical short walk adventure. Kayak rentals available.
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