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Lee County Manatee Park
You don't need to go to a zoo or an aquarium to get an up-close look at manatees. You can see them for free at Lee County Manatee Park! Especially active between the months of November and March,... Read More
You don't need to go to a zoo or an aquarium to get an up-close look at manatees. You can see them for free at Lee County Manatee Park! Especially active between the months of November and March, manatees swim into the canal of this 17-acre park to escape the cooler Gulf of Mexico temperatures. Over the years, the mammals have been drawn to the warm-water discharge from a former, nearby power plant. The shallow water makes viewing the creatures in their entirety, perfect. On site there is a visitor center and gift shop and a playground for kids. Rent a kayak or canoe for a reasonable price and you can explore the waters on your own.
- Daily 8am-Sunset
Parking $1 - $5
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: A free park and one of the best ways to see manatees, giant sea cows, up close and in their natural habitat.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: It's the best place to get an up-close look at the fascinating, giant Manatees when they seek shelter from cooler waters.
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: It's one of the best spots in Southwest Florida to see manatees in the wild. They tend to gather here for the warm water.
- Best for Parks Because: Made popular for it's population of manatees, this park has kayak and canoe rentals to give you an even better view of the gentle giants.