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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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manatee info is ok, disappointing otherwise

The center itself is very small, only a dollar entrance fee. Their are two fish tank exhibits and a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Zephyr_Travel
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Disappointing Visit

This is a fairly good place for some education about Manatees and their preservation. The center... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Trek-Always
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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MOEC is an ideal place to learn more about the Treasure Coast's unique environment and its inhabitants, including the threatened Florida manatee. Inside you'll find an educational film (with closed-captioning), various aquariums, a touch-tank and interactive displays - all of which 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 the 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. Please feel free to call ahead in advance to ask whether manatees are present. MOEC is supported by donations, memberships and the proceeds from its gift shop The Vanishing Mermaid.
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  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“gift shop” (31 reviews)
“touch tank” (22 reviews)
“small center” (5 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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480 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950-3024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The center itself is very small, only a dollar entrance fee. Their are two fish tank exhibits and a manatee video. The staff were friendly. Not much else to do onsite. The attached store has fun trinkets and nice artwork. The viewing area outside is...More

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ManateeCenter, Manager at Manatee Observation & Education Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting, Zephyr_Travel, and we are sorry you did not enjoy your visit more. While we are a small facility, we do our best to be a facility for and by the community. The Manatee Center is operated by four full-time staff members...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fairly good place for some education about Manatees and their preservation. The center overall, however, is weak. The manatees to see are outside in a canal and are hard to see. A very small room inside shows a helpful movie but it...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This is a short stop visit for those wanting manatee education. A great place for families with children. We didn't see any wild manatees, but if you want to increase your manatee knowledge this is a place for a short visit.

1  Thank John S
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

This isn’t what we expected at all. It’s a small place with nothing to see. You can watch a 20 minute video with manatee facts and that was educational. But I’m sure the same can be watched on the internet. There is then an aquarium....More

1  Thank Sandi_Spears
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This isn't Disney World or even the aquarium but for what it is, a locally built and managed center for learning about the rich ecosystem that is the great gift to Ft. Pierce (and from Ft. Pierce to us!!), it's a really interesting and worthwhile...More

Thank Bill K
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Not really worth going by unless you just want to go to the gift shop. Didn’t see any manatees and the Center costs.

Thank Shawna M
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

This is a very educational and entertaining place for family to visit. It offers a lot of information about Manatees.

Thank Bertabera
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Unfortunately there were no manatees present when we visited but we did learn things in the education center. Come on folks it's $1 to get in and have a good time.

Thank roborant
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

This is a great place to learn about Manatees and about local sea life in general. Generally - it is also usually a good place to see manatees. Unfortunately, due to a recent bout of cool weather, the manatees were apparently elsewhere seeking warmer water....More

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

We knew a little about manatees before our visit and left knowing a lot more! Staff were incredibly helpful. Sadly we didn’t see a manatee.

Thank Esskay16
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