Published: Jan 09, 2013 6:14 AM EST
Updated: Jan 09, 2013 9:22 AM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Manatee Park is rolling out its winter program, designed to highlight one of Florida's most loved sea animals.

- Calusa Blueway Outfitters & Gift Shop at Manatee Park is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.

Kayak / Canoe Rentals start at $15.00/hour. Come paddle with guides for spectacular views of manatees and other wildlife as you paddle along the Orange River.

- Spend the day with a certified Florida Master Naturalist and learn about Florida ecosystems and habitats. You can take a 3-hour journey through an estuarine system teeming with life. Manatee, Dolphin, Turtles and countless birds like the Roseate Spoonbill are spotted frequently. For more information visit manateeguides.com.

- Habitat Tour of Gardens:

Sundays starting January 6th through March 23rd, 9:30 a.m.

Explore the native habitats that supply food, shelter and space for a many species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Tour begins on the porch of the Gift Shop. Tour is free with paid parking.

- All about Manatees Program:

Jan 2nd - March 30th

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily

Learn all about the biological characteristics and habitats of the Florida Manatee. Discover where manatees live, what they eat, and the challenges they face in the shallow coastal waters of Florida. Program is free with paid parking.

Manatee Park is a non-captive refuge for the endangered Florida Manatee. Optimum viewing for the Florida manatee is between the months of November – March. Visitors will enjoy walking the ADA accessible paths through the restored native plant habitats and beautiful butterfly gardens. Volunteer interpretive naturalists provide guidance along the walkways throughout the park. In addition to wildlife observation the park offers picnic facilities, playground, fishing pier, self-guided ethnobotany trail, and canoe / kayak launch to the Orange River.

Manatee Park is open 8:00a - sundown. Parking fee applies: $2.00/hr per vehicle, maximum $5.00. No Pets.

Manatee Park is located at 10901 Palm Beach Blvd. 1.3 miles east of I – 75 on SR 80 directly across the street from the FPL power plant.

For more information go to www.LeeParks.org