I have been compensated to share the local mom scoop about Manatee Lagoon Tours.
Winter Break for South Florida students is over and parents will still be looking for local fun and cost-friendly activities to keep the kiddies entertained.
Well, look no further than the newly upgraded Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco Discovery Center, located in West Palm Beach, where parents and kids alike can learn about Florida’s unique wildlife.
Just a short drive or Brightline ride up north, visitors can learn about Florida’s iconic sea creature, the Manatee, from the inside out, as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon, with interactive exhibits and even manatee bones on display to touch and feel.
Did I mention the center is FREE for all visitors?
“Manatee Season” officially kicked off a few weeks ago which means now is the time of year when temperatures start to drop and manatees can be seen huddling for warmth, where they are drawn to milder water temperatures from the warm water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera BeachNext Generation Clean Energy Center.
There are also tons of new features for Manatee Lagoon this season including revamped landscaping, new solar pavilions offering a shaded picnic area and an expanded parking lot to accommodate more vehicles.
The Center’s enhanced outdoor space will allow for expanded program offerings such as yoga classes for kids and new educational curriculums for school and camp groups that visit the center.
Manatee Lagoon has an exciting calendar of events lined up for all ages to enjoy all year round and you can view the full calendar of events here.
You may have been to Manatee Lagoon in the past to visit the manatee during manatee season.
But have you ever had a Manatee Lagoon Tour to learn “all things manatee”?
Manatee Lagoon Tours
Last month I attended a tour of the facility, where Manatee Masters guide visitors on a walking tour excursion to learn about of Manatee Lagoon’s exhibits, providing insight about “all things manatee” and the Lake Worth Lagoon ecosystem.
Kids are able to ask questions and interact with the Manatee Master. You’ll learn about where they manatees live, the dangers they face in the wild and even touch a manatee bone.
The tour can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Local Mom Scoop was part of a public tour which we made a reservation for. This is important to do during manatee season.
Public tours are offered for individuals or groups with less than 10 people (e.g. families, social clubs)
If you would like to make a public tour reservation, click on the calendar and select the date that you are interested in to make a reservation.
Manatee Masters can adjust the length of time for private tours to accommodate large group schedules, but cannot provide that option on public tours.
Days: Tuesday through Saturdays (no tours on Sundays)
Private tours @ 10:30 a.m.
Private tours are offered for groups with 10 or more people (e.g. senior centers, community organizations, clubs).
Advance registration is required to ensure the availability of Manatee Masters guides.