Places to see manatees

Whether traveling or living in Florida, you and your family have the opportunity to see a truly unique species of marine mammal that inhabits Florida's waterways.  The manatee is a federally listed endangered species and is protected by federal and state laws.

Manatees can be viewed  in the wild at the following locations during the winter months:

Blue Springs State Park, Orange City 386-775-3663
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River  386-563-2088
Fanning Springs State Recreation Area 386-488-3701
Marinella Gardens Park, Port Everglades
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Brevard County 407-861-0667
Moore's Creek, Fort Pierce 561-466-1600, ext. 3071
Orange River, Fort Myers 941-693-1434
Tampa Electric Company, Apollo Beach 813-228-4161
Wakulla River and the St. Marks River 386-925-5412

Manatees can be viewed in captivity year-round at the following locations:

EPCOT, Orlando 407-824-4321
Homosassa Springs State Park 386-628-2311
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa 813-932-0245
Miami Seaquarium 305-361-5705
Sea World, Orlando 407-363-2613
South Florida Museum, Bradenton 941-746-4131

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
ext. 15850

Debbie Wingfield
Manatee Protection Program Manager
ext. 12235


For stranded manatees, whales,
sea turtles, and dolphins call FWC:

For right whale sightings call the
Right Whale Hotline: