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Manatee Sanctuary Park

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701 Thurm Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
+1 321-868-1226
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Cute animals but hard to see

Stopped here as I was nearby and saw manatees dancing in the water as soon as I arrived. The water... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cris H
Toronto, Canada
via mobile
Unexpected Surprise!

Our family decided to head out to the park for a bit since the beach was too windy and wavy. We... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Linda T
Rochester, Michigan
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Manatee Sanctuary Park boasts over 10 acres of riverfront beauty. Situated on the Banana River, this park has a little something for everyone! 4 Horseshoe Pits 1/2 Mile Paved Fitness Trail 10 Exercise Stations Covered Riverside Boardwalk Picnic Tables & Grills Covered Pavilion with Basic Kitchen (Available for daily Rentals & Private Events) & Even the OCCASIONAL Manatee! Manatee Sanctuary Park is home to the annual Cape Canaveral Founder's Day Festival every March & Space Coast Dragon Boat Festival every April! This park is named Manatee Sanctuary because it borders a section of the Banana River that serves as a protected Manatee habitat. While we cannot guarantee that you will see a manatee during your visit, these beautiful creatures have been known to come and feed off the sea grass along the boardwalk. Manatees enjoy warm waters and typically move to inland springs during the winter months. They are considered an endangered species and fall under highly protective legislation. To learn more about these amazing animals, including where to see them year round, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.
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“fitness trail” (5 reviews)
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701 Thurm Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
+1 321-868-1226
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stopped here as I was nearby and saw manatees dancing in the water as soon as I arrived. The water is brackish though so not easy to spot unless they're coming out of the water which luckily for me they were this time. Quick visit...More

Thank Cris H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family decided to head out to the park for a bit since the beach was too windy and wavy. We didn't see any manatees but we saw plenty of dolphins! We took some terrific photos. Only downside was the fact that the observation area...More

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 4 September 2017

They have a nice area to walk through, so you can relax on benches or the grass and look for the manatees.

Thank karen m
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Very nice clean park just off A1. Like said, it's just a park. Close to restaurants and hotels. We've been coming here 5 years and yet never seen a manatee in this area of the river. I'm sure in the ber months there would be....More

2  Thank tom m
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I love to stop here in the mornings and enjoy the quiet of the park. Lovely view, nice spots to sit. I took advantage of the paved walkway that gives walking distance, being unfamiliar with the area, it was a great way to get a...More

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Manatee Sanctuary Park is located on the river side of Port Canaveral. It was nice to see kids playing there and there is a light workout routine trail.

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This place was extremely cool, a group of us rented kayaks and got to go see the manatees up close. Just sitting in the kayaks, the manatees would come up right next to you! They were just curious to see what you were, what you...More

1  Thank kelseymae16
Reviewed 13 August 2017

After eating breakfast at Zachary's (which I highly recommend), my family and I stumbled upon this gem of a park. Slightly off the beaten path, it is an extremely well-maintained park that boasts a great walking/exercise path, small pond, beautiful boardwalk overlooking the ocean, a...More

Thank dianef399
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This is a little out of the way park that boasts of the opportunity to see manatees and other wildlife. It is located off the Banana River and during the right time of the year or day, I am guessing you would see some wildlife,...More

Thank ldtblitz
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Manatee sanctuary doesn't really have manatees, except a manatee statue. The park is clean with a paved fitness trail. There's a several gazebos connected by land ridges to view the ocean & possible manatees.

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Beth R
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Response from LARRY C | Reviewed this property |
October is a good time to see them. Not necessarily at this park, they are everywhere in October. If you go to the Manatee Overlook at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, I can almost guarantee you will see... More