Our first visit was to the Manatee Observation and Education Center and we were greeted by the sight of two manatees right from the center’s observation deck! Cillian, my youngest, immediately started waving and saying hi. There is something magical about manatees to children, and even adults! Upstairs is a lovely covered terrace which is a great place to watch for the gentle giants while having a snack. Downstairs you can take a picture in a manatee cutout which of course we all did in multiple configurations. Inside the center were activities and displays including coral reefs and tanks displaying fish found in local waters in addition to the manatee info. Admission is free for 5 and under and over 5 is only $1 so it’s really an inexpensive thing to do with the whole family!
- The Manatee Centers’ observation deck is a great place to watch for manatees but if you are super adventurous you can rent a kayak or do a boat tour and get even closer!
- Check the calendar for dates as it changes with the seasons!
- The St. Lucie County Aquarium has free admission on the first Tuesday of the month!
- Bring water, sunscreen and a picnic or snack and enjoy the beautiful Museum Pointe Park. The playground is right on the water so use sunscreen!
- Don’t limit yourself! There are so many attractions that are within such a short drive/ walk that you can make a day of seeing all the various attractions.