Free, in-person festival with activities for all ages to learn about and show appreciation
for Florida manatees
RIVIERA BEACH, FL Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® is hosting its seventh annual ManateeFest on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ManateeFest 2023 attendees can enjoy free, family-friendly activities that celebrate Florida’s iconic manatees and local waterways. In addition to in-person activities, this event will feature a ManateeFest mobile event app, which will serve as a unique tool to keep all visitors in the know ahead of and during the festival.
“For the seventh year in a row, ManateeFest will bring together locals and visitors alike to celebrate the beloved and iconic Florida manatee,” said Pam Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). “FPL constructed Manatee Lagoon seven years ago to inspire communities to preserve and protect Florida’s wildlife for future generations. We hope ManateeFest 2023 plays a key role in doing just that by raising awareness around these beloved local creatures.”
During the event, guests can visit the Conservation Pledge Station and make a pledge to help protect manatees and their habitat. Guests are also welcome to interact with environmental exhibitors, help Mia the Manatee complete her conservation challenge by participating in a game called “Mia’s Conservation Mission,” and listen to educational presentations throughout the day.
ManateeFest 2023 activities at Manatee Lagoon feature something for everyone:
Family Fun for All Ages: Young manatee enthusiasts can enjoy a KidsFunZone, with activities such as a Coastal Cleanup and Recycling Relay Race, the ever-popular free sea-life themed face painting, free caricature portraits, giant sea-life puzzles and a sidewalk chalk station. Educational Coastal Chats, environmental exhibitors and arts and crafts vendors round out a full festival experience.
Local Shops & Eats: Visitors can peruse and support various local small businesses and grab a bite from a delicious variety of food purveyors along the way.
ManateeFest’s Relaxation Stations & Live Music: Guests can find moments of serenity during the festival fun in these special spots. Visitors can enjoy the tropical ambiance, comfortable Adirondack chair seating, picturesque views of the Lake Worth Lagoon and live steel drum music performances. Attendees are encouraged to look for the large, clear tents designating the three spots: the Main Stage Relaxation Station (closest to the Main Stage), the Lagoon Relaxation Station (southernmost waterfront tent) and the Coastal Relaxation Station (northernmost waterfront tent).
In line with Manatee Lagoon’s commitment to conservation, guests can download and access the ManateeFest 2023 mobile event app. This app supports Manatee Lagoon’s environmental mission by reducing the need for paper materials at the festival. It serves as a one-stop shop for all ManateeFest needs by including an event schedule, festival map and more. The app also has the online gift store with items for sale, including items that vendors will be selling at the in-person festival. The online gift store will feature the commemorative ManateeFest 2023 shirt, which once again features an attractive marine-themed design from world-renowned artist and conservationist, Guy Harvey. Manatee Lagoon partners with the Guy Harvey Foundation as they collaborate with local and international organizations to conduct scientific research and host educational programs aimed at better understanding and conserving the ocean environment.
To stay informed and learn more about ManateeFest, please visit www.VisitManateeLagoon.com/ManateeFest. One week ahead of the festival, the ManateeFest 2023 app will be available for download.
About Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center®
Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® is a free Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area to view manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center features engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about the unique creatures as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. During the colder winter months, the facility’s observation deck is the ideal spot to view manatees basking in the clean, warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Manatee Lagoon also offers digital resources and educational virtual content for manatee fans near and far on its website: VisitManateeLagoon.com.
The center is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for major holidays, until March 31, 2023, which marks the end of manatee season. April 1 through Nov. 14, 2023, the center will observe the same hours, with the exception of Mondays, when the center will be closed.
About Florida Power & Light Company
As America’s largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Company serves more customers and sells more power than any other utility, providing clean, affordable, reliable electricity to more than 5.8 million accounts, or more than 12 million people. FPL operates one of the cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S and in 2022 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Award for the seventh time in the last eight years. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to J.D. Power’s 2021 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM and 2021 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. The company was also recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity. NextEra Energy is ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2022 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and recognized on Fortune’s 2021 list of companies that “Change the World.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.