Have a Magical Time at the Manatee Lagoon

manatee swimming underwater in florida with fish around them. text reads access our insider's guide!Seeing wild animals in their natural habitat is an experience unlike any other. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn about and observe local wildlife at the Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach! Look out for these charming, gentle giants from the observation deck. After admiring the manatees, wander through various exhibits within the learning center. If you plan your visit to the Palm Beaches accordingly, you can even attend an exciting event like the ManateeFest! Read on for more details about this engaging attraction and access our Insider’s Guide for even more ideas to add to your vacation itinerary!

What to Do at the Manatee Lagoon

See Manatees in the Wild

The best time to visit the Manatee Lagoon is during the chillier months. Florida’s manatee season runs between November 15 and March 31. These majestic creatures love the warm waters of the lagoon and will spend their days swimming around and putting on a show for visitors. There’s something so magical about the way they gather here and bask in under the warm rays of the South Florida sun. Before heading to this attraction, be sure to check out the Manatee Cam for a sneak peek of what’s in store!

Peruse Informational Exhibits

This FPL Eco-Discovery Center serves as the perfect family-friendly activity that everyone will enjoy! Not only will you have an opportunity to see wild manatees, but you can also browse an array of exhibits. There’s no better way to protect and preserve an endangered species, like manatees, than by spreading awareness.

Attend an Event

You’ll find a wide selection of events to attend regardless of what time of year you plan to visit West Palm Beach! Learn about manatees from experts at lecture series, tours, labs, special exhibits, etc. Some events to be on the lookout for include:

  • Manatee Lagoon Tours
  • Junior Aqua Labs
  • Mindful Moments Yoga
  • Photo Exhibits
  • Art Classes
  • Manatee Tales Story TIme
  • Eco-Discover Tours
  • ManateeFest
  • & more!

Leave with a Souvenir

Before leaving, check out the gift shop. Find the perfect souvenir to bring home to remember your experience by. You might even stumble upon a great gift idea that you can give to someone else!

Know Before You Go


It may come as a surprise that one of the best things to do in West Palm Beach is also a free attraction! Most of the events held here do not charge a cover fee either.


Monday: Closed

Tuesday through Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Guests can find free parking in the Manatee Lagoon’s parking lot near the Visitor Center!

Stay at Casa Grandview

Charleston House Bedroom beautiful bed frame It’s no secret that natural wonders and opportunities to see wildlife top the list of major draws to West Palm Beach. Visit attractions such as the Manatee Lagoon, Mounts Botanical Garden, and the Lion Country Safari for an immersive experience in nature! Then, rest your head in elegant accommodations at Casa Grandview. The Charleston House perfectly captures an air of Southern charm and grace. It’s perfect for small families or couples looking for a little extra space. What are you waiting for?

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