Spotting Sea Cows at Manatee Park in Ft. Myers, Florida
In this non-captive park habitat for the West Indian Manatee (just removed from Florida’s endangered list), there are no entertaining performances -- just waters warmed by the nearby Florida Power and Light plant. If these big, gentle creatures are lumbering about, get a gander from a viewing platform and listen to their songs through a hydrophone. Kayaking along the Orange River gets you closer, but they only hang out by the power plant when winter water temps elsewhere dip below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it warms up, the sea cows prefer the Gulf, so settle for the Eco-torium's info-laden displays if you're curious.