Learn About the Sea Cow at Manatee Lagoon

Learn about the legendary "sea cow" at Manatee Lagoon, a free new eco-discovery center where visitors can watch manatees in their natural habitat.

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Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon FPL Eco-Discovery Center

Manatee Lagoon FPL Eco-Discovery Center

Believe it or not, more than just cultural folklore once saw manatees as actual, real-life mermaids. Sure, ancient sailors were spending an excessive amount of time in the sun. But one thing is for sure – manatees are one of the most unique marine creatures you’ll ever come across. Manatees are found throughout Florida, but The Palm Beaches have long been known as a haven and Florida Power & Light is recently opened the place to be and see these famous “sea cows:" Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center.

Manatee Lagoon Highlights

Manatee Lagoon sits on a primo manatee-viewing locale: the shoreline of Lake Worth Lagoon / Intracoastal Waterway in Riviera Beach. Even better, admission is free! Dedicated observations decks allow visitors to scout for manatees cruising by, even in big herds. Don’t worry – you can’t miss them. Manatees usually grow to be 9 feet long and can weigh close to 1,200 pounds. Presently endangered, manatees are truly gentle giants and the focus of many eco-minded organizations.

Exhibits and More to Do

Manatee Lagoon’s two levels of interactive exhibits offer a nice atmosphere to experience how manatees spend their lives. Outside are a picnic area and pavilion, as well as a gift shop and café.

And there are plenty of things to do nearby after visiting the manatees. Singer Island has top-notch beaches, the waters under Blue Heron Bridge are world-renowned for snorkeling and diving, and Sailfish Marina has saltwater fishing charters and a terrific bar to sip on cocktails at sunset.