The Manatee Observation & Education Center is a fun-filled, family-friendly, environmentally based education center that celebrates Florida’s incomparable natural resources and wildlife! Our goal is Education! How do we accomplish it? By offering many unique experiences through a variety of programs including touch tank demonstrations, fascinating programs, summer camps, monthly lecture series, workshops, special events, and so much more! Are you looking for something fun and out-of-the-hot sun! Then look no further. Stop by the Manatee Center to check out our aquariums, educational exhibits, and amazing gift shop!
This is the first presentation of the new website for the Manatee Center! We want to give a big thank you to Bill & Julie Noddin for volunteering their exceptional skills that made this site possible. We have been 'under construction' for quite a while and they brought it all together. We will be updating and changing information regularly, so please come back often!
Our number one goal is to provide quality education to all of our visitors! Visit our Events Calendar to see all our upcoming educational events that you do not want to miss!
Looking for something new and exciting this summer for your child? The Manatee Center offers an unique summer camp experience not to be missed! Each week is a new type of nature exploration! Get wet! Touch a sea star! Take a wildlife boat ride! Visit a real life working ranch! Hit the beach! Create works of art! And that is just the beginning!All camps are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morning and afternoon snacks are included. Camps can fill quickly and are registered on a first serve basis.
NEW THIS SUMMER!
Join the Manateam!
Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Come share your passion for manatees at the Manatee Center! We have several exciting volunteer positions available.
If you love manatees, you'll love being a Roving Naturalist! They spend their time observing manatees in Moore's Creek and sharing their manatee knowledge with visitors from around the world!
Do you love to shop? Our Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop Assistants help customers find that perfect treasure for their loved ones.
Are you adventurous? Our Discovery Guides interact with visitors using our hands-on exhibits like our touch tank and various reptiles. If you have ever wanted to hold a bearded dragon, this is the job for you!
Do you have the gift of gab? Our Greeters welcome our guests to the Manatee Center and keep them informed about all of our special events.
The rewards are endless!
Gift Shop News
Don't Forget Mother's Day! It is just around the corner. Lucky for you, we are too!
Jewelry always tops the list when you need a gift for that special someone (or yourself!). The Vanishing Mermaid has something for everyone's budget! New Jilzara colorful clay bead bracelets in stock.
Sterling Silver Jewelry
Now 25% Off!
Need a new baby gift? The Vanishing Mermaid carries bibs and creepers, books, "boo-boo" bunnies, bath toys and more. Need a gift for a bridal shower, house warming or hostess gift? Check out these gorgeous sand dollar coasters that come gift boxed!
We offer a wide variety of gifts for home and family! Our gift lines are nature inspired and reflect coastal living with a Florida flare.
Just click gift shop at the top of the page and you will be amazed at all the fun stuff we have to offer!