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Parks and Outdoors Review of South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium

Away Travel Expert: Mike Sigalas
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ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Snooty the Manatee is the aquarium's sunglass-wearing cartoon mascot, and he's actually a real manatee. Born in captivity and originally named "Baby Snoots," Snooty has lived here since 1949; his birthday is celebrated each year by generations of people who grew up visiting the famous manatee.
  • During the summer, the South Florida Museum offers a host of week-long camps that—if you plan your visit just right—might work out as a great adventure for the kids while allowing parents a little guilt-free "grownup time" during the day. The day camps feature various themes, including Archaeology, Manatees, and Space Exploration.
  • The South Florida Museum examines the history and natural history of the state. Its voluminous collection of Floridian Native American Artifacts is without parallel; the museum's Mastodon skeleton is a cast of one discovered in 1968 in a river bottom near Tallahassee. Even today, it's the largest North American Mastodon skeleton ever discovered.

Address:
On the riverfront, at Barcarrota Blvd. Bradenton
201 10th St. W
Bradenton, Florida
Parking: Jan-Apr and July Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm; rest of year Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm
Price: Admission $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 children 5-12, free for children 4 and under


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 941/746-4131
Transportation: From U.S. 41, take Manatee Ave. west to 10th St. W. and turn right
Price Information: Admission $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 children 5-12, free for children 4 and under
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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