Manatee Lagoon will Host its Eighth Annual ManateeFest Feb. 3!

By Julia Bauer
Image of people at ManateeFest looking at manatee in the water

On Feb. 3, Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center®, is hosting its eighth annual ManateeFest! From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., families will be able to enjoy free activities celebrating Florida’s famous manatees and waterways.

What to expect at ManateeFest

At ManateeFest, there will be family fun for all ages! Kids can play in the KidsFunZone that includes a Coastal Cleanup and Recycling Relay Race. They can also solve sea-life themed puzzles, draw with sidewalk chalk and get their faces painted inspired by the sea, according to the ManateeFest 2024 press release. There will also be a celebrity appearance from Mia the Manatee!

The festival will also have educational Coastal Chats and environmental exhibitors, according to the press release.

Feel free to stay for lunch and support local businesses by enjoying a meal from one of the onsite food trucks! As you eat, you can listen to live music at the main stage or relax in the waterfront seating, according to the press release.

Additionally, there will be a 360-panoramic photo booth, according to the press release. Remember to use the hashtag #ManateeMoments on any epic photos you take and post throughout the day!

Girl getting her face painted at Manatee Fest

“For eight consecutive years, ManateeFest has been drawing in locals and visitors to celebrate the beloved and iconic Florida manatee,” said Zack Greenberg, Operations Manager at Manatee Lagoon, according to the press release. “FPL built Manatee Lagoon to inspire communities to preserve and protect Florida’s wildlife for future generations, and we hope ManateeFest 2024 plays a key role in raising awareness for these beloved local creatures.”

About Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® is a 16,000-square-foot center with hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn about the creatures and wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon, according to the press release. “During the colder winter months, the facility’s observation deck is the ideal spot to view manatees basking in the clean, warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center.”

Visit the Manatee Lagoon website for more information and its digital resources and educational virtual content. 

Photos courtesy of Manatee Lagoon.

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