Manatee Park

Are you new to the area or just looking for a fun area to bring your kids? I would recommend the Manatee Park in Fort Myers in December, January or February. You can have some close up encounters with wild manatee. You can observe them from both on land and in the water. 

This park provides a wonderful fun and educational experience for you and your kids. Be sure to check the website before you go as the temperature of the Gulf plays a big part in whether or not you see manatee.


Manatees get their nickname “Sea Cows” because they usually spend up to eight hours a day grazing on seagrasses and other aquatic plants. Manatees are such cute, cuddling looking creatures. I always enjoy seeing these gentle giants. Manatees Park in Fort Myers has an observation deck where you can see them from above and below the water.  Not only can you see them under water but they have a microphone so you can hear them too.

Educational Features

This small park has a ton of education features. There are handouts about manatees, butterflies, fish and more. (Check out the sign at the beginning of the park, there are Covid friendly packs for their kids to choose from and complete along their walk at the park.) They are education signs to read along your quiet walk. If you check out their website you can print out activities to do as well. 

Welcome sign with the FREE kids activities. All individually packed.

Free dialy manatee programs. 

Nature Trails. 

 Outdoor short video about manatees.  

Family Activites (Scavenger Hunt)

A ton of informational signs.