Manatee Park

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Manatee Park featuring a lake or waterhole and a park

Watch Florida’s most famous marine creature, the manatee, swim in its natural habitat at this non-captive park on the Orange River.

Located on the Orange River, a small tributary of the Caloosahatchee River, Manatee Park is a serene getaway for both manatees and humans. Visit this park to see some of the state’s most famous creatures in a non-captive refuge.

This 17-acre (7-hectare) park is a haven for large groups of manatees. During winter, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico get a bit too chilly for manatees. As a byproduct of power generation, Florida Power and Light pumps heated water into canals along the Orange River. This turns the canals into a manatee’s version of a hot tub; the creatures flock here to enjoy the warm water.

Stop at one of the park’s many riverside vantage points to watch them leisurely swim around. At an average of 10 feet (3.05 meters) long and 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) in weight, these gentle giants are special sights to see in their natural habitats.

If you want to see the manatees on the river, put your canoe or kayak in at the park’s boat launch. You can find a boat to rent here. Throw your line into the water at the fishing pier; be sure you have a Florida fishing license.

The park offers enough amenities to stay here for the entire day, if you wish. Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic tables or take a shady rest under the pavilion. Take younger members of your group to the playground.

In addition to its manatees, the park is known for a brilliant butterfly garden. Stroll through the lovely demonstration landscape.

The best times to view the manatees are between the months of November and March, when cooler Gulf of Mexico temperatures force the animals into the canal. During hot summers, many manatees seek refuge in cooler Gulf waters. They have no specific breeding season, so you have a good chance of seeing a manatee calf any month of the year.

The park is open year-round, every day until sunset. Except for a small parking fee, there is no entry fee. Visit the gift shop and visitors’ center on-site.

Top Hotels Close to Manatee Park

Little Creek Resort a private oasis in the sun!  Manatees! Kayaking!
Little Creek Resort a private oasis in the sun! Manatees! Kayaking!
Fort Myers, FL
Situated on a river, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Manatee Park, Lee Civic Center, and Burroughs Home. Florida Repertory Theater and Butterfly ...
Little Creek Resort a private oasis in the sun! Manatees! Kayaking!
Lovely Verandah Townhome on Pond
Lovely Verandah Townhome on Pond
Fort Myers, FL
Located in the heart of Fort Myers, this golf vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Manatee Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Lee Civic Center. Babcock Ranch Preserve ...
Lovely Verandah Townhome on Pond
Pet friendly, Sleeps 6, Furnished 2br,2ba Waterfront 55+ Resort
Pet friendly, Sleeps 6, Furnished 2br,2ba Waterfront 55+ Resort
Fort Myers, FL
Situated on the waterfront, this resort is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Manatee Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lee Civic Center and Burroughs Home. Florida Repertory ...
Pet friendly, Sleeps 6, Furnished 2br,2ba Waterfront 55+ Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Manatee Park

WoodSpring Suites Fort Myers Northeast
WoodSpring Suites Fort Myers Northeast
2.5 out of 5
9701 Orange River Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $114 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
WoodSpring Suites Fort Myers Northeast
Little Creek Resort a private oasis in the sun!  Manatees! Kayaking!
Little Creek Resort a private oasis in the sun! Manatees! Kayaking!
Fort Myers, FL
Little Creek Resort a private oasis in the sun! Manatees! Kayaking!
Lovely Verandah Townhome on Pond
Lovely Verandah Townhome on Pond
Fort Myers, FL
Lovely Verandah Townhome on Pond
Pet friendly, Sleeps 6, Furnished 2br,2ba Waterfront 55+ Resort
Pet friendly, Sleeps 6, Furnished 2br,2ba Waterfront 55+ Resort
Fort Myers, FL
Pet friendly, Sleeps 6, Furnished 2br,2ba Waterfront 55+ Resort
Comfort Inn Fort Myers Northeast
Comfort Inn Fort Myers Northeast
2.5 out of 5
4171 Boatways Rd, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $164 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Comfort Inn Fort Myers Northeast
2 Story Modern Home on the Caloosahatchee River.
2 Story Modern Home on the Caloosahatchee River.
Fort Myers, FL
2 Story Modern Home on the Caloosahatchee River.
Come live your best life here at Kokomo Del Sol
Come live your best life here at Kokomo Del Sol
Fort Myers, FL
Come live your best life here at Kokomo Del Sol
Escape to Kokomo Bay,  Escape to Paradise
Escape to Kokomo Bay, Escape to Paradise
Fort Myers, FL
Escape to Kokomo Bay, Escape to Paradise
Bamboo Bayou getaway!  Gorgeous bamboo and oaks with a pond
Bamboo Bayou getaway! Gorgeous bamboo and oaks with a pond
North Fort Myers, FL
Bamboo Bayou getaway! Gorgeous bamboo and oaks with a pond
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.