Manatee Lagoon, Riviera Beach
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The Manatee Lagoon is a two-level manatee viewing center with a pretty walkway on the water. It is located in an industrial area on the intracoastal, where manatees return each year in winter because previously the water was warmed by the coal power plant. The new gas plant is required to keep the water warm now especially for the manatees.
Inside the center you can read many poster exhibits that explain about manatees. Go outside on the second level for a great view of Peanut Island and the manatees below.
NOTE: Come at high tide for clear water. If you come at low tide the water is a murky brown and it's hard to see the manatees.
There is a gift shop with nice items, and two manatee skeletons near the entrance.
Outside there are plenty of palm trees and a manatee sculpture.
Check out nearby Phil Foster Park, to see starfish and other lovely sights in the clear water. This park must also be visited at high tide for best effect.
For a swim, head over to Singer Island for a beautiful, clear water beach with many shells.
For some cafes, head south to Northwood Village, a run down though quaint little main street with a French cafe.
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Manatee Lagoon is located at 6000 N. Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach FL 33407, call (561) MANATEE.
From Highway 95, exit at 45th Street and turn toward the ocean. Turn left on Highway 1/Broadway. Turn right on 58th St. Turn left on Flagler Dr and immediately right into the parking lot.
Open Tues-Sun 9-4.
Admission is free.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.