We Missed the Manatees
Have you ever seen a real live manatee?
If not you may just be in luck. A visit to Florida could change all that.
We most recently spent our winter in the Fort Myers area, and had the chance to visit Manatee Park.
This was a fun and educational day out. This park was lovely. There were plenty of interactive stops and educational points to keep the kiddos engaged and having fun! Just outside the welcome centre had video lectures with plenty of worthwhile information too.
And get this… the price was FREE, with parking at just $2 an hour , or $5 for the day(now where can you find free entertainment these days?) The park is open 8 am to dusk 7 days a week.
Its a beautiful, unique waterfront park, paved with walking trails, and up close viewing areas for manatees (when they are there) We unfortunately went during a warm spell and didn’t get to see them, sadly.
Now what brings the Manatees you might ask… The Fort Myers power plant is just up the way , and provides water temperatures favourable for Manatee migration. So what we learned is its best to visit while the water temperatures of the surrounding area are cooler. (Generally January-March)
They have self guided educational walking tours and plenty of information signs about the manatees.
Also for the kiddos there was a BINGO scavenger hunt complete with prize.
We also found a beautiful butterfly garden. Boardwalk strolls, excellent paved walkways for strollers with ample signage and a Kayak launch with rentals, for a lovely paddle through the river ways.
For More information on the kayak rentals you can visit Calusa Blueway Outfitters https://calusabluewayoutfitters.com
All in all we highly recommend this family friendly excursion, they had a picnic area with playground, clean washrooms and lots of nature to take in. Its a perfect destination to let the kids explore. And definitely fun for the whole family.
for more info check out https://www.leegov.com/parks/parks/manateepark