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Manatee Park

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10901 State Road 80, Fort Myers, FL 33905
+1 239-690-5030
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So many Manatees

This was definitely a highlight of my Florida vacation. One thing I couldn't wait to see was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
South Bend, Indiana
via mobile
NIce Place for a Stroll

This was a very nice place to take a stroll. You od have to pay for parking. The area where you can... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Elaine B
Ocean, New Jersey, United States
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Look for the West Indian manatee.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“power plant” (231 reviews)
“warm water” (153 reviews)
“orange river” (56 reviews)
10901 State Road 80, Fort Myers, FL 33905
+1 239-690-5030
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was definitely a highlight of my Florida vacation. One thing I couldn't wait to see was Manatees. This park isn't one you will pay tons to go see wildlife. Parking for 2 hours was only 4 bucks and the trails and observation areas were...More

1  Thank jgudeman
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a very nice place to take a stroll. You od have to pay for parking. The area where you can go to look for manatees is surrounded by a 'river' walkway. If you are lucky you may see a manatee - but it...More

Thank Elaine B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Its always beautiful to see the manatee but you pay for parking ($2 for a hour) and the park isnt really big. It took us maybe 20 mins max. (I understand the fee is to keep the park going) We had time left on our...More

Thank mizz_information
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a small park 17 acres 2 trails near a power plant that Manatee's visit in the early winter Dec they March. Comfortable view areas covered with seating. Butterfly garden, informative signage. Only a few minutes off I-75. They have canoe and Kayak rentals available.

1  Thank Ronald W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only a few visitors were there when I came during the week. Excellent facilities and 2 ladies explained everything I wanted to know with great patience. I saw only 2 manatees 30 meters away, probably a mother and her “baby”. In winter there should be...More

Thank rainer572
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took a friend who had never even seen a manatee and was not a usual kayaker. It was a thrill for her. I am not sure what she expected but as soon as we got through the little passageway out into the open river...More

2  Thank Mary Gay H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is very easy to locate with great signage. You do need to pay for parking but otherwise it is free. There are many trails to walk, kayaks and canoes that you can rent to take out on the calm orange river and great...More

1  Thank slltigger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Manatee Park on a Sunday morning. The Park was easy to find just north of Fort Myers. There was just enough parking. The Park was very quiet, relaxing and very beautiful. We saw two manatees which looked to be a mother and baby....More

Thank bronzebeauty24-7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The weather was too warm to see manatees today. There were a lot of families in the park. Young children were enjoying the playgrounds. There are clean restrooms at the visitors’ center. Parking is only $1 / hr now and $2/hr during peak season which...More

Thank Melanie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Manatees can be difficult to see here. The water is murky and you can see them when they briefly surface and come close to shore. There is a concrete walk by the long rectangular waterway ending in warmer water from the power plant that attracts...More

1  Thank ItIsSunny
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4 December 2017|
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Response from Melanie W | Reviewed this property |
No pets are allowed.
Kelli C
21 November 2017|
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Response from Jerrie C | Reviewed this property |
during season, you will want to go earlier in the day to beat the crowd.
Kelli C
21 November 2017|
Response from Cegis360Playground | Reviewed this property |
It's not so much the time of day that matters, but rather the temperature of the water. When the water is cold the manatees gather near the shore line to warm up courtesy of the nearby hydroelectric plant. I would think... More