Where to See
Where to See Florida Manatees
Overall, the best time to see Florida manatees is between December 15 and April 1 when they seek refuge in warm water. The colder the weather, the more manatees need the warm waters found in Florida springs and at the water discharge areas of some power plants.
These are the best places to see manatees in Florida.
Blue Spring State Park A boardwalk bordering the clear spring run makes manatee viewing easy; and it's wheelchair accessible.
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge You'll find more manatees at Crystal River than anywhere else in Florida. And you can swim with them, too.
TECO Manatee Viewing Center at the warm water discharge of Tampa Electric. Free admission and parking.
Manatees in Captivity
Although seeing manatees in the wild tends to be seasonal, these parks and zoos offer good viewing opportunities all the year round.
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park View manatees underwater year-round without getting wet! An underwater observatory reveals the captive manatees living in the spring.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium A fine place to see sharks, too.
Miami Seaquarium One of the original leaders in manatee rescue.
Manatee Photo Gallery Underwater photos of manatees