Manatee Park is part of the Lee County Parks & Recreation system of parks and preserves that lets visitors see Mantees gently swimming in warmer waters during the winter months. Some Manatees swim up the Orange River to escape the cooler waters of the Gulf. Prime viewing times are from December to March. The park is staffed by volunteers and Interpretive Naturalists. There is a great walking path that you can stroll along and see Manatees swimming and floating in the water. The 17 acre park allows fishing from a pier and there is a kayak/canoe rental service that allows you to paddle up or down the Orange River. I did this recently with a group in my FMNP Florida Master Naturalist Program.
The park is open from dawn to dusk and is located on State Rd. 80, Palm Beach Blvd in Ft. Myers. Take I-75 to exit 141 and go east 1 1/2 miles. The park with sign out front is on the right, across the street from the FPL Power Plant. Website Information: http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0088