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.
Manatee Park Reviews
During the cooler season these huge clumsily looking creatures wow us with their trusting nature at the park staying warm from the power plant. There is so much more to appreciate about Fla... more »
First of all...it's FREE! Just pay $5.00 to park. This is a very nice family fun (educational too) place. A chance to walk thru the parklike grounds and get up close with the manatees. There are... more »
I was surprised at both how nice and big this park is! It really is nice. Grounds are well kept. Walking trails throughout. Nice spots along the water with benches to sit and watch for the manatees. We didn't see any manatees the day we went but we did see a rather large snake that was in the fence that ran along the water. So be on the lookout! There is a gift shop on site. You can rent kayaks. There are restrooms. You do have to pay for parking. There are not very many spaces if there was to he an event here? Parking is paid at a machine. It was $2 an hour and I think, but am not certain, $5 for the day. We didn't care to pay for the parking as the park is so nice. We would come here more often if we lived closer.
While you do have to pay to park, it is a very cute and fun place to go. I saw 4 manatees when i was there last. Try to go on a day where it hasn't rained much previously so the water is as clear as can be. It is a great place to walk around and enjoy the outdoors weather manatees are there or not.
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