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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
813-228-4289
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Ranked #8 of 60 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

it's a nice quiet spot to view the manatees and other sea life on certain days (weather and manatees permitting.) but there seems to be little else there.

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deltona fl
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is our second visit. The manatees are everywhere. There are tons of fish and other wildlife. Take the time to go on the trail to the observation tower. We saw stingray and shark from the tower. Well worth the visit. The best part is it is all free.

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Cedar Falls, IAN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We had never seen a manatee in the wild and it was well worth the trip to see them. The warm water attracts them and they are fun to watch. We will go again the next time we are in Tampa.

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Springfield, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We were on our way to the Tampa Aquarium and saw a sign for the Manatee Viewing Center. We were so glad we took the side trip. We can't believe this place is free! There are plenty of viewing areas and a very nice (but small) museum that describes manatees. There is a manatee skeleton for the kids to assemble.... More 

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London
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Like everywhere in Florida, you need a car to get there. When we arrived the sun was shining and we spent hours wandering around. There were guides there to provide information and all of that was free of charge, which was excellent - most attractions in Florida seemed so expensive. Plenty of parents were there with their children, as the... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A 40 minute drive from Clearwater, 275 to 41 south. Lots of manatees to see and lots of different fish. Guides are very informative if you ask questions. Great for children and adults. Lots of free parking. After visiting go do some shopping in the Ellenton premium outlet mall.

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Okay, it's a power plant. That is a negative, but the manatees really like that warm water in cooler months, and it's a lot of fun to see a herd of them. In addition, many fish can be seen. Take the Tidal Path Walkway for its informative talk (loud speaker) and to look at various fish in the shallow waters... More 

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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Two hours of entertainment for the family. We dropped in to this free attraction expecting to see one or two manatees in the distance but to our surprise there were loads! Upwards of a 100 manatees, some really close to the viewing platform and tidal Boardwalk. Huge tarpon fish as well. We also did the nature trail walk out to... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We planned to stop and check it out on the way to Tampa and we ended up spending the afternoon! There were so many Manatee's, we were amazed, about 50! There is just the right amount of education/exhibits for our family to want to go back again! I did notice the later it got the shadows made it harder to... More 

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Who would have thought you could like a park that is next to a giant power plant? But this place is worth the stop. It offers up close views of manatees and other marine animals. There is a picnic area, gift shop, snack bar, tidal flats walkway, and information about the power plant. We spent at least two hours here.... More 

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