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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
Phone Number: 813-228-4289
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an...
Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
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Nice, free educational center for viewing manatees

This is a wonderful facility that is supported by the nearby Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. During the colder months of the year, manatees (which are very temperature... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful facility that is supported by the nearby Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. During the colder months of the year, manatees (which are very temperature sensitive) seek refuge in the warmer waters of the bay which is warmed by the saltwater discharge from the power station. Pros: ■ The viewing center is free which encourages... More 

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Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is really a great place to view manatees in Fl.in the winter months. Bring your binoculars for an upclose viewing. But you can really see them very well without them. No admission. Free parking. There is a large deck/boardwalk to view from . It was a manatee palooza. There were 100's. A rare find to see so many in... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The number of manatees is finally recovering and this is a great place to find them. Free, display area and close-up on piers. Worth seeing them. Also almost guaranteed in the winter to see them in some numbers. Very good of Teco to give back to the community.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This free educational, up close view of manatees is next to the Tampa Electric Big Bend power plant. The winter months are the best time to see lots of manatees congregate in the warm water discharge of the power plant. Sometimes there can be about a hundred manatees just hanging around. There is also a educational center geared for children,... More 

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Rapid City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great place to view the manatees. An opportunity to see numerous manatees in one area. Great viewing opportunity for kids and educational activities and exhibits.

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Halifax, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited when it was still cool (in February), so the Manatees were really plentiful. There is no admission and parking is free, although there aren't many spots. You don't really see them close up, but from a deck overlooking the water. It still is amazing to look down and see them and their huge size. I highly recommend this,... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful surprise. We saw hundreds of manatee in a great setting for close up looks. Just be sure to check before you go to be sure they are there.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Easy to get to. Plenty of parking, great place for families. No cost they have a gift shop and walk into protected wetlands

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It is better in the winter,but there is so much to see. Take the kids, go see birds,rays,sharks,manatees,and fish. There is a hands on center and a snack bar. Parking is a little limited, but its definitely worth the trip.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

we only go here during the winter when the manatees come here in force due to the warm water omitted from the plant otherwise dont advise it not enough to look at!!

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Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
Phone Number: 813-228-4289
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa

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