Manatee Lagoon opens to visitors Saturday; great timing with cool weather coming in

Manatees swim along the viewing deck of the Manatee Lagoon, an FPL eco-discovery center, Jan. 12, 2016, in Riviera Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Manatees swim along the viewing deck of the Manatee Lagoon, an FPL eco-discovery center, Jan. 12, 2016, in Riviera Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

The new Florida Power & Light Co. Manatee Lagoon science center is slated to open to the public Saturday morning in Riviera Beach.

And the timing couldn’t be much better. A cold front is expected to drop temperatures in Palm Beach County into the high 60s Saturday morning, and into the low 40s Sunday, the National Weather Service says.

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During cool weather, manatees tend to flock to the warm water flowing from FPL’s Riviera Beach power plant next to the Manatee Lagoon center, making this weekend a good opportunity to spot some sea cows.

The $4.8 million facility also offers a boardwalk, a manatee cam, a pavilion, a gift shop and educational exhibits.

Read more about Manatee Lagoon.

IF YOU GO

What: Opening of FPL’s Manatee Lagoon science center

Where: 6000 N. Flagler Dr., Riviera Beach

When: Manatee Lagoon open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; public park open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week

Information: www.visitmanateelagoon.com

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