This is a place to learn about manatees and view them from the observation deck overlooking the Indian River Lagoon and Fort Pierce marina. There are no captive animals here and this is not a rehabilitation center so there are no residents or patients; rather, it’s a low-key facility you’d visit to gain some knowledge and hopefully see some cute little nostrils poking up from the water. All of the manatees that live around here are wild so they come and go on their own terms.
There’s a covered walkway along the marina, an observation tower, a riverwalk along the lagoon, and a bridge. All of these places are typical spots for seeing many tees. These areas are all free- free parking at the center and free access to roam around.
The center itself is where the learning really happens. There’s a touch tank, manager bones, aquariums, and educational activities for the tots. It costs $1.00 to get in and is primarily run by volunteers.
It’s not a huge place, but I enjoyed myself. If I got knocked up I’d take the kid for a visit. I support any place that promotes respect for nature and its inhabitants.