MANATEE PARK ../images/detail_photos/manateepark.jpgMANATEE PARK Address 10901 SR 80 (Palm Beach Blvd) Fort Myers, FL 33905 Google Map/Directions Contact Information Heather Gienapp 239-690-5030 ext. 222 HGienapp@leegov.com Facility Staff Events Events Calendar Hours 7 a.m. to dusk seven days a week. Gift Shop Hours & Kayak Rentals The gift shop is open Saturdays only from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through mid November. Contact the gift shop at (239) 481-4600 for kayak rental pricing and information. Closures Lee County does not prohibit the use of this kayak launch by our patrons. The decision to use the launch is at the discretion of the patron. Blue-green algae has been detected in the Orange river. Current water quality is constantly changing with the shifting tides and winds. Check the link below for the most up-to-date information on water quality in Lee County. https://www.leegov.com/waterquality Information General InformationManatee Viewing Status: Manatees are not being seen at this time. Manatee Park is a non-captive warm water refuge for the Florida Manatee. Optimum viewing months are late December, January, and February when the gulf temperature is below 68F. Manatees are generally not present during the warm summer months. Current Gulf temperature may be found at SCCF Recon. Click here for manatee viewing guidelines Parking fee is $2 per hour or $5 per day. $10 for a Shuttle Van or $20 for a Tour Bus per visit Pavilion, Chickee Hut & Amphitheater Rentals are available. Call 239-690-5030 ext. 222 or email HGienapp@leegov.com for reservation information. Kayak and Canoe rentals and gift shop provided by the Calusa Blueway Outfitters & Gift Shop (239) 481-4600 Manatee Park is fully accessible Dogs are not permitted at this park. Find a dog-friendly parks here Volunteer Opportunities are available Park Features Educational programs, fishing, gardens, playgrounds, restrooms, walking path, wildlife viewing, paddlecraft launch and picnic areas. The park has an extensive butterfly garden and is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) program. Group Tours and programs are available on request. Call (239) 690-5030 for more information Educational Resources Fish Identification Butterfly Identification Start a butterfly garden Manatee Poster Manatee Bingo Manatee Coloring Book Manatee Activity Book History Opened in 1996, this 17-acre Regional Park is built and operated through a cooperative effort of partners & sponsors. The land is owned by Florida Power & Light. The facilities were originally funded by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Native plant habitats and gardens have been planted and maintained by the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and many volunteers. Lee County residents provide visitor services as Volunteer Interpretive Naturalists trained in part by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. While small in size, Lee County Manatee Park provides information and programming for over 200,000 visitors annually.