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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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  • 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.
  • What a nice park. I have been a lee county resident for 40 years and have never been to this park. I took my kids for a meet up with our homeschool group and it truly is a gem. We had fun looking for manatees and walking the small trail they have. We went and looked out over the water. We visited the small shop and got drinks. The kids played on the playgrounds and we walked around the entire park. I would recommend anyone visit this place. Definitely will be back. You pay for parking but it’s $5 for the entire day. You can also kayak, launch your own or rent one from the park.

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