FPL’s Manatee Lagoon Kicks Off the 2022-2023 Manatee Season with a Weekend Celebration and New Offerings
Saturday, 11/19/2022-11/20/2022, 11:00 am-03:00 pm
Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center®
6000 N Flagler Dr,
West Palm Beach, Florida, 33407
As the Sunshine State anticipates the return of its favorite marine mammal to local waterways, Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® kicks off manatee season with a free, family-friendly weekend celebration, complete with a variety of activities, exhibitors and more.
On Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20, visitors can enjoy free face painting, frozen treats, cornhole and other games. This year’s kick-off theme is “safe boating” to remind boaters of the importance of being mindful behind the wheel. The first 400 visitors will receive a free waterproof phone pouch with information on how to report a manatee in distress if seen in the wild.
Lagoonside Chats throughout the weekend will feature a variety of exhibitors, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Friends of Manatee Lagoon, Save the Manatee Club, Lake Worth Lagoon Waterkeepers and more. On Sunday at 11 a.m., featured speaker and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee biologist Amber Howell will present ways the public can help support manatees.
Sunday’s activities will include the return of the “Lectures at the Lagoon” series with a 2 p.m. presentation by Dr. Beth Brady of Mote Marine Laboratory titled: “What Does the Manatee Say? Manatee Vocalizations in Florida and Beyond.” Advance online registration is recommended at www.visitmanateelagoon.com as lecture space is limited.
In addition to the kickoff event, the enhanced facility welcomes visitors to explore and enjoy a variety of exhibits and programs this 2022-23 manatee season, including new indoor exhibits, public tours, outdoor seating, yoga and more.