FAQS

Most of the information about Manatee Lagoon activities and programs can be found by browsing this website. Here are some additional answers to questions you might have about our facility.

Manatee Lagoon is free to visit and free onsite parking is available. Guests can visit the facility during our regular hours of operation without a reservation. We also offer a variety of free programs available to the public. Some programs require pre-registration, so please be sure to check the website for more information on specific programs you are interested in attending. 

Hours of Operation
Monday: Closed*
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holidays
We will be closed on:
New Year’s Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

We will close at 2 p.m. on:
Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve

*We will be open on the following Mondays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Presidents Day
Veterans Day

Manatee season is Nov. 15 through March 31.
Manatees can be unpredictable, so whether they are in the surrounding waters or not, you should never miss an opportunity to visit Manatee Lagoon to learn about these wondrous creatures regardless!

If the water temperatures drop (especially when we’ve had several days of cold weather) manatees will probably be found in the warm waters near Manatee Lagoon.  When planning your visit, consider looking at our online Manatee Cam where you can actually see manatees in the water.

Yes, but we do ask for at least two week’s advance notice of plans so that all guests are provided with the very best visitor experience. Further advance notice may be needed to reserve certain programming. We may ask groups to adjust their plans to help manage visitation and parking levels.

To reserve a visit for your group, please visit the appropriate page listed below to review the guidelines and to submit a booking request:

At this time we do not have translators or language services available. We can make arrangements for bilingual tour guides on a case-by-case basis.

Manatee Lagoon is exploring how we can work with volunteers as needed. At this time, we do not have a formal program for volunteers, but we plan to in the future. If you would like to be contacted when the volunteer program opens up, please visit our Get Involved page.

Yes, there is! Manatee Lagoon is a one-of-a-kind event venue featuring panoramic, waterfront views and multi-functional space options for meetings and events, large and small. For more information on our event space and to view our live calendar of availability, please visit our Venue Rentals page.

No. The existing docks along Lake Worth Lagoon cannot accommodate private watercraft or other vessels. They are restricted to facility operations and law enforcement personnel on an as-needed basis. There are nearby marinas that can accommodate a variety of watercraft.

Please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number at (888) 404-3922. Please remember to never touch or attempt to feed a manatee.

Yes, along with dedicated parking, we have ramp access and all of our exhibits and various amenities are built to ADA standards.

Manatee Lagoon serves as a field trip destination for local summer camp programs. To learn more about our camp group visit program and to schedule a field trip, camp coordinators may visit our Summer Camp Group Visit page. We are evaluating options for a summer camp program for 2020.

Manatee Lagoon is delighted to offer charging stations to visitors on a first-come, first-serve, space-available basis. There are two stations located on the north side of the property.

Yes. The onsite gift store features a wide variety of items. You can also shop online by visiting our online store.

Manatee Lagoon does not allow any pets on the property. We do, however, allow trained service animals on site.

Manatee Lagoon does not serve food, however the gift shop at Manatee Lagoon offers a selection of packaged snack items and beverages for sale. Visitors can bring their own food and drinks to the center, but they must be consumed outside at the picnic areas. Picnic tables are located by the banyan tree and under the shaded solar pavilions along the waterfront.