View Southwest Florida’s flora, fauna, and learn about its cultural heritage. Take a tour narrated by a Florida Master Naturalist in and around the oxbows and uniqueness of our environment. Traverse through the W.P. Franklin Locks to see the difference in the brackish water environment and the fresh water environment. And if you’d like, participate in our eco bingo game! The bingo card is full of pictures of things you might see along the way. If you achieve a bingo, shout it out and win a fabulous prize!
Manatee Tour in Southwest Florida
Manatee tours are typically offered between December – February. Join us aboard the River Queen II as we take a tour on the Caloosahatchee and Orange Rivers in Southwest Florida in search of manatees!
As the water in the Gulf of Mexico begins to cool below 68 degrees and seasonal air temperatures drop, the manatees move into warmer waters. Within our region of Florida, their popular hangout is that of the Orange River near the warm water outflow of the FPL power plant. Remember, the more uncomfortable (cold) we are, requiring jackets to keep warm, the better the observation of manatees!