Manatee Observation Deck


The refuge Manatee Observation Deck is located on SR 3 at Haulover Canal. Manatees frequent this spot year round and can be seen most reliably during the spring and fall. The Bairs Cove boat launch also offers another viewing option.

The refuge offers Manatee Programs that meet at the Visitor Center and then caravan to the deck during the spring and summer seasons. Call 321-861-5601 for dates and to make reservations or check the refuge monthly calendar here for dates and other programs.

To reach the Manatee Observation Deck from the Visitor Center:

Turn right out of the Visitor Center entrance road. Go to the traffic light and turn left onto SR 3. The Manatee Observation Deck is 10.5 miles and on the right of the east side of the Haulover Canal Bridge.

Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association
Merritt Island Wildlife Association