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Manatee Observation & Education Center

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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
+1 772-429-6266
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Great for kids

My family and I really enjoyed exploring here. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. They... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kelsladean
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Antioch, California
A quick little place to see

We stop every time we visit my Florida family sometimes you'll be lucky to see some and sometimes... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Samijojo7037
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Wyoming, Michigan
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MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique environment and its inhabitants, including the endangered Florida manatee. Inside, an educational film, various aquariums, a touch-tank and interactive displays are enhanced by wonderful volunteers. Eco boat tours are available along with a wildlife observation tower which provides visitors a bird's-eye-view of Indian River Lagoon. MOEC is situated at the mouth of Moore's Creek which is a popular spot to see visiting manatees during colder months. There are 400-500 manatees living in our area year-round but,considering their backyard is 156 miles long and connected to a multitude of creeks and canals, it is never guaranteed that they will be visiting the center at any given time. MOEC is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop The Vanishing Mermaid.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“gift shop” (29 reviews)
“touch tank” (21 reviews)
“small center” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I really enjoyed exploring here. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. They even called us outside when they spotted a manatee so we could come outside and see. We were there about 2 hours. It's definitely worth a visit.

Thank kelsladean
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We stop every time we visit my Florida family sometimes you'll be lucky to see some and sometimes not but there's a cute little store and a little info place a few things for kids to do we even took a stroll after Friday fest...More

Thank Samijojo7037
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Come while the water is still cold from October thru April to see these lovely sea creatures. The Manatee Center is very educational and appealing. This summer there has been nearby construction so the manatee sightings have been sparse. This is just a great place...More

Thank Ralph T
ManateeCenter, Development Officer at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for your 5-star review Ralph! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. As a quick update, the construction group across the street finished renovating the seawall last week and removed the equipment along the Creek. The...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

We love the Manatee Observation and Education Center, we come here often we learn so much and can spend hours here. My great nephew loves to see the touch tank as well as other exhibits, There are great cut outs that you can put your...More

Thank froggie93
ManateeCenter, Development Officer at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you, froggie93! We're happy to be here and are proud to receive your five-star review.

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Only $1 admission. It would be a great place for kids to learn more about wildlife. It's on the smaller side but the volunteers are awesome and will teach you about all sorts of animals.

Thank leahkc17
Reviewed 31 May 2017

They have posted hours until 5:00pm. We showed up at 4:30 and they were nowhere to be found, the doors were locked. We thought the place had been closed until we went into the souvenir shop and learned they had simply closed early.More

Thank bayou-techie
ManateeCenter, Development Officer at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Dear bayou-techie, Please accept our sincerest apology. Your experience is our highest priority, and we regret to hear that you were not able to explore the Center on this day. Management has addressed this issue to ensure that it does not happen again. Our Center...More

Reviewed 30 May 2017

My wife and I recently explored the Vero Beach and Fort Pierce area. We decided to visit this museum since we wanted to learn more about this famous Florida sea creature. The museum is located in a good location which is very close to the...More

1  Thank CarpeDiem0212
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Nice place to visit and walk around. We stopped here before dinner and enjoyed seeing the Manatee's and walking the boardwalk. Nice to see the construction work that will enable the animals to navigate around their natural habitat better.

Thank Glowie2
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

This is a very small facility with a informational video telling you about the Manatee's. Unfortunately the video was difficult to hear due to noise from the reception area. However there were no Manatee's to see since they have moved on for the summer months....More

Thank Diane C
ManateeCenter, Public Relations Liaison at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Dear Diane, We are very sorry to hear that you are disappointed by your visit to the Manatee Observation and Education Center. We do our best to ensure that our Center, although small, is informative and engaging. We have been a part of the environmental...More

Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

This is an observation area where manatees tend to congregate. There were no manatees when we visited, but we have seen them other times. This is a small place and not worth a special trip, but if you are in the area, it's nice to...More

Thank LanaLaLaLa
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