Watch the manatees at Eco Discovery Center

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Manatees are part of the attraction for visitors to the Florida Power and Light Eco Discovery Center in Riviera Beach.

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Riviera Beach’s new Florida Power and Light Eco Discovery Center is a day outing where families can explore the new complex, which features a fun-filled calendar of events conducted throughout the year.

Everything is brand new in this inviting two-story building featuring free parking and admission. Families will learn and be delighted with the interactive, educational and entertaining exhibits on the main floor.

During Florida’s cooler months, endangered and unique Florida manatees in their watery habitat can be seen from the building’s two-tiered decks. FPL discharges warm water from this plant into the waters of Lake Worth.

Our group visited this complex in December, and the warm waters alongside the Discovery Center were full of manatees of all sizes feasting on the bottom sea grass. The best time to see Manatees here is from November 15 to March 31

There are other fun-family options that are offered at Manatee Lagoon throughout the year. Manatee Lagoon staffers have created an extensive calendar of free activities, ranging from art classes focusing on species found in the Lake Worth Lagoon, yoga on waterfront observation decks, educational aqua labs for children to stories and craft time for toddlers.

Check out their their events calendar to access the schedule and registration details.

Manatee Lagoon is one of Palm Beach County’s newest free fun and engaging family-friendly attractions, with interactive, entertaining exhibits that delight your curiosity about the environment of the Lake Worth Lagoon and the world of Manatees.

FPL constructed Manatee Lagoon as part of its environmental mission to not only educate the public about the relationship it has with these wonderful creatures, but to “inspire communities to preserve and protect Florida’s environment and wildlife for future generations.”

Manatee Lagoon at the Florida Power and Light Eco Discovery Center is located at 160 East Port Road in Riviera Beach. For information, call 561-626-2833 or go to

It is open Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday.

Getting to the Manatee Lagoon is about a two-hour drive from Brevard County.

Take I-95 south to the West Palm Beach 45th Street exit. Go east on 45th Street to Route 1.

Take Route 1 North for 14 short blocks to 59th Street. This is East Port Road.

Go east on Port Road to the Manatee Lagoon parking lot. 

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