Thursday, December 29, 2005

Manatee Park Opens For Season

ALVA, FL. -- The Lee county parks have officially opened the Manatee Park
located on SR80 25 miles west of LaBelle. Visitors are able to view
manatees daily in the FPL discharge canal. Please monitor gulf temperatures
as best viewing occurs when it dips below 68 degrees. Park Hours (thru
March): 8am to 5pm daily. Visitor Center/Gift Shop/Kayak Rentals: 9am to
4pm daily. FREE with paid parking of $1 per hour/$5 per day. Kayak rentals:
$10 per hour, $30 per day. The park is the Winter home for the Florida
Manatee. Year round home for Florida native plants & butterflies. Picnic
areas & shelters, fishing cove & pier on the Orange River, canoe/kayak
launch to the Orange River, program
amphitheater and playground.

There are several Free Programs Offered Thru March: "All About Manatees"
daily at 11am and 2pm. "Gardening for Butterflies/How Butterflies Grow"
every Thurs and Sat @12:15 pm. "Native Plant Habitat Walk" every Thurs and
Sat @ 9:30am and 1pm. Kayak Clinics: the 2nd Saturday of every month - for
reservations: www.leeparks

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