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Manatee Observation and Education

The Manatee Observation and Education Center is a waterfront wildlife observation and nature education center located on Florida's east coast in downtown Fort Pierce (map).

The Center lies just west of the Atlantic ocean and overlooks the nationally recognized Indian River Lagoon, a saltwater estuary and Moore's Creek, a freshwater creek and historical resting spot for the Florida manatee.

The endangered Florida manatee, also called sea cow, is the main attraction. Manatees can be viewed at the Center year-round! Stand along the covered observation walkway or climb the second story observation tower to see Florida's "Gentle Giants" resting or playing in Moore's Creek. These are wild, not captive manatees, so one never knows when they might swim by.

Outside the Center, you will see a variety of wildlife including Bottlenose Dolphin, Mullet, Brown Pelicans, and Terns.

For brilliant color, stroll through the Center's butterfly garden where red, yellow, and purple flowers abound.

Also, see the replica of a natural spring which provides an important habitat for manatees in the colder winter months.


The Manatee Center is located at 480 North Indian River Drive in beautiful downtown Fort Pierce, Florida (map).

Operating hours are:
January - June
Tuesday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4
July - September
Thursday - Saturday 10-5
October - December
Tuesday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4

Closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter

Admission fees
1.00 per person; children under 6 free with adult; members free.

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