Manatee Park

Manatee Park is a seasonal location for viewing non-captive Florida manatees in Lee County.  Manatees visit the park in search of warm water during the cooler days in winter when the temperature in the Gulf of Mexico is below 68° F (20° C).  The warm water in the Manatee Park canal comes from the Florida Power and Light Power Plant across the street and is created as a byproduct of cooling off their equipment. 

  • Mid-December – March: Manatees are more likely to be seen at Manatee Park when the temperature in the Gulf of Mexico drops below 68° F (20° C).
  • April-November: Manatees are most likely to be seen in coastal habitats near the Gulf of Mexico.

On August 16, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved a contract to build 10 new shade structures in Lee County Parks. Manatee Park is one of the chosen sites to increase amenities availble to the public. This work is scheduled to be completed during 2023.

Hours & Location

Open every day, including holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

Public kayak launch available during park hours
Manatee Kayaking Company – Kayak Rental
(239) 913-9993 
Open 7 days a week 9 a.m.-3 p.m. August – October
Open 7 days a week 8 a.m.-5 p.m. November – April
Open 7 days a week 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,  May – July

Address: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) Fort Myers, Fl 33905