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Manatee Lagoon, Riviera Beach

Palm Beach, FL
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Manatee Lagoon, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach FL

Description

The Manatee Lagoon is a two-level modern manatee viewing center with a pretty walkway on the water. It is a very attractive yellow building with huge windows and patio, located in an industrial area on the intracoastal. 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 right before high tide for clear water. If you come at low tide the water is murky and it's hard to see the manatees.
Come on a cold day to make it more likely to see manatees. We saw one swimming right by us and poking its nose out the water, and it was so lovely!
There is a gift shop with nice items, and two manatee skeletons near the entrance.
Outside there are plenty of palm trees and a cute manatee sculpture.
Check out nearby Phil Foster Park, to see huge yellow and orange starfish and tropical fish in the clear water. This park must also be visited right before 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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The beautiful building on the water.
The beautiful building on the water.
A manatee swims around in the water.
A manatee swims around in the water.
Visitors enjoy the upstairs balcony.
Visitors enjoy the upstairs balcony.
A father and son check out the lagoon.
A father and son check out the lagoon.
Manatee skeletons and beautiful ocean mural behind.
Manatee skeletons and beautiful ocean mural behind.
The gift shop is fun for kids.
The gift shop is fun for kids.
The displays educate you about manatees and the lagoon.
The displays educate you about manatees and the lagoon.
Huge windows add to the appeal.
Huge windows add to the appeal.
A lady looks out at the water from the upstairs balcony.
A lady looks out at the water from the upstairs balcony.
Manatee mother and baby sculpture.
Manatee mother and baby sculpture.
A dad and baby walk along.
A dad and baby walk along.
Nice landscaping at the manatee center.
Nice landscaping at the manatee center.
View across the intracoastal.
View across the intracoastal.
Manatee!
Manatee!
A manatee taking a breath, right by us at the railing.
A manatee taking a breath, right by us at the railing.
Closeup view of a manatee!
Closeup view of a manatee!
Manatee coming to the surface.
Manatee coming to the surface.
Looking down at a manatee. Sweet shape.
Looking down at a manatee. Sweet shape.
Stripey fish and manatee.
Stripey fish and manatee.
Stripey fish.
Stripey fish.
Bench and water views.
Bench and water views.
The big windows at the front.
The big windows at the front.
Upstairs, at Christmastime.
Upstairs, at Christmastime.
View from the upstairs balcony.
View from the upstairs balcony.
Beautiful landscaping in the park adjacent to the manatee center.
Beautiful landscaping in the park adjacent to the manatee center.
   

Directions

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. Closed Mondays.
Admission is free.

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Last Updated: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:37:16 GMT