Manatee Lagoon.

Manatee Lagoon

Field review by the editors.

West Palm Beach, Florida

For years, manatees have wallowed in the warm outflow water from the FP&L power plant on the north end of West Palm Beach. Dozens of the oh-how-cute sea cows can pack the lagoon during cold snaps. But security clampdowns since 9/11 kept them off-limits to visitors.

Manatee Lagoon.

That's changed: on Feb. 6, 2016, "Manatee Lagoon" opened to the public, a free manatee-watching attraction complete with its own boardwalk, a photo-op manatee statue, an "Eco-Discovery Center," and a gift shop. FP&L spent nearly $5 million building it.

Luckily for Snowbirds, the best chance of seeing your fill of manatees is during the peak Florida winter travel season.

Manatee Lagoon

6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL
North end of the city, at the east end of 59th St., where it intersects N. Flagler Drive.
Tu-Su 9-4. Gated off-hours. Most manatees Nov.-March. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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