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

Address:
6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL
Directions:
North end of the city, at the east end of 59th St., where it intersects N. Flagler Drive.
Hours:
Jan. 2021: Temporarily closed due to Covid-19. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
561-626-2833
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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