Best place to Manatee watch in SW Florida


Get up close & personal with the Florida Manatee

The Manatee, Florida’s state marine mammal, is a large aquatic relative of the elephant. They are grayish brown in color and have thick, wrinkled skin on which there is often a growth of algae. Their front flippers help them steer, or sometimes crawl, through shallow water. They also have powerful, flat tails that help propel the manatees through the water. Despite their small eyes and lack of outer ears, manatees are thought to see and hear quite well.

Like other grazing animals, Florida manatees play an important role in influencing the plant growth in the shallow rivers, bays, estuaries, canals and coastal waters they call home.

Manatee Park

Manatee Park ran by Lee County in Fort Myers, Florida is one of the best places to view the magical creatures, up close & personal. This waterfront park providing paved trails, up-close views of manatees, an amphitheater & kayak rentals. Manatee Park is a non-captive warm water refuge for the Florida Manatee.

Best time to see Manatees


Optimum viewing months are late December, January, and February when the gulf temperature is below 68F.

Manatees are generally not present during the warm summer months.

Current Gulf temperature may be found at SCCF Recon. 

Manatee Park is located at: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905

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