Manatee Lagoon is a new, free educational attraction in Palm Beach County. The 16,000 square-foot eco-discovery facility features hands-on exhibits to teach guests about these endangered animals as well as the nature surrounding the Lake Worth Lagoon. The center’s observation deck on the second level is the ideal spot to see herds of manatees. Manatees enjoy the warm water outflows from the adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Aside from exhibits, there is a multi-functional education area, observation areas, pavilions, picnic tables, and a manatee cam. Admission and parking is free and it is open Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The center also hosts Manatee Lagoon Talks/Tours for free on days they’re open at 2 p.m. These tours are for groups of 10 or less and requested to be registered in advance. If you’re interested, you can pick a day here. The hour-long tours are guided by “Manatee Masters” who will walk you through the exhibits and provide insight on everything to do with manatees and the lagoon ecosystem.
Other family-fun activities are offered throughout the year. These free activities range from art classes, crafts and story times to educational aquatic labs and yoga on the observation deck.
Manatee Lagoon is located at 6000 N Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.