This is THE BEST Time of Year to Visit The Manatee Lagoon

Brittany Bosher
Posted by Brittany Bosher
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While the weather is cool in sunny, Palm Beach County there is one place you absolutely have to visit; the Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach. Manatees are a beloved native species to Florida and while the Intracoastal and ocean waters cool down they flock to the warm run off water that comes from the power plant next to the Manatee Lagoon. The warm water comes from Florida Power and Light Company’s Next Generation Clean Energy Center, making for a nice place for hundreds of manatees to warm up and an even better place for locals to get up close and personal with them. 

Features of the Manatee Lagoon: 

The new Manatee Lagoon building and café overlooks the warm waters of Palm Beach where with manatees like to stay during colder months. Each year, thousands of manatees come to the lagoon. The incredible facility is 16,000 square feet and features engaging, hands-on exhibits and educational displays. Free to the public, the Manatee Lagoon offers a two-level educational center and display decks, a gift shop, and café and picnic areas. 

The Manatee Lagoon hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm and the outdoor park area being open for an extra hour, 5pm. For more information about the Manatee Lagoon please call 561-626-2833 or visit www.visitmanateelagoon.com

5 Manatee Facts to Know: 

  • Adult manatees can grow up to 3,500 pounds and over 12 feet in length. Most manatees reach about 1,200 pounds in their adulthood.
  • Manatees are almost exclusively vegetarian, feeding on sea grass in both salt and fresh water environments. 
  • Manatees can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes. 
  • Manatees only drink fresh water. They can go up to two weeks in salt water without fresh water but must return to fresh water to drink. 
  • The Florida manatee’s population has steadily grown, with an estimated 5,000 manatees in Florida. Even with their numbers growing, the manatees are still considered endangered. 

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