Manatee Park – A Unique Experience

Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Manatee Park is a unique place where visitors can view the endangered Florida Manatee in a natural environment. Manatee Park is a non-captive refuge, therefore they are free to come and go as they please.

Manatees are generally not present during the warm summer months.

The park also has an extensive butterfly garden. The park is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program. Picnic areas & shelters, fishing pier on the Orange River. Canoe/kayak launch to the Orange River. Program amphitheater and playground.

Althoug a rare sighting of a manatee is possible during April thru October, optimum viewing times are between the months of November and March due to the cooler gulf temperature.  The Florida manatees live along the coast of Florida and generally visit the park when the gulf temperatures dip below 68 degrees.

PARK HOURS (year round) sunrise to sunset daily

December thru March hours of concession and kayak rental operation are 9:00 am -4:00 pm. Kayak rentals May thru October by reservation only (239)481-4600

Driving Directions: Take I-75 to exit 141. Go east 1 1/4 miles. The park is on the right (directly across the street from the FPL Power Plant).


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