I love manatees!
My girlfriend and I are thinking of going to Crystal River in Florida for a Manatee Tour where you pay 40 bucks for a manatee underwater tour.
They provide you with scuba diving equipment as well as a boat that takes you to a small bay where manatees swim around.
$40 is a great price to go scuba diving to get up close and swim with them. Take an underwater digital camera or video camera too!
I don't know if Port Everglades still allows FREE visits like when I lived in Florida, but check it out to be on the safe side.
Port Everglades is right out of Ft. Lauderdale, and entire schools of manatees live, rest, or give birth there. Yoy can stand right on the bridge which is like a mere 10 feet off the river there and you not only get to see all the manatees come right up to the surface, they talk!!!, whatever sound it is they make, really cute and are very people friendly, like dolphins.
Also at Port Everglades are TONS of Pelicans. That was the FIRST time in my life, I ever saw a pelican that was NOT in a zoo. One came right up to me, and I fed him/her a jelly donut too!
You will also see tons of gorgeous Florida birds like white herons, and....
...swimming with the manatees are GIANT sea turtles!!!!
It was so great to see all these wonderful animals, NOT in a zoo, but free and wild.
So see if Port Everglades still lets tourists go down there, for free.