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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
813-228-4289
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Ranked #7 of 85 attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It is amazing to see so many manatees in their natural habitat. The grounds are pretty and it is a great experience.

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Sun City Center, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

go during the winter and see hundreds of manatees.also have seen sharks,tarpon,mullet, skates(small sting rays) and other kinds of fish . great for the whole family and it's FREE.

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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are traveling around Brandon area and want a little side trip off of I-75, this is a fun stop. The manatee's started coming to the warm waters around the TE generating facility many years ago and people would just casually come by and watch them swim around. They have added several areas of boardwalk and it is a... More

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dartmouth ns
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

we loved seeing the manatees,it was awesome and the grounds are beautiful,the whole experience was wonderful and it was free,and that is always a plus!!

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Upper Arlington, Ohio, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a great family excursion to take if visiting Tampa. It's an out of the way drive but well worth it. Admission price is free which is incredible. Staff (volunteers) are wonderful and knowledgeable. We saw a few manatees from a distance but also saw several fish and birds. The longer you stay the more you'll see but you... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stopped by here on a Sunday afternoon a couple weeks ago on our way to Sarasota beaches. There weren't many manatees probably because the season is coming to an end but it was quaint and just a nice treat. They've done a good job of providing additional activities to extend your visit with.

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Northfield
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Well worth the drive to stop and see manatees. The parking is a bit cramped so hope for a quieter time. They have a nice visitor center and gift shop along with friendly, knowledgeable volunteers who give information sessions. We enjoyed this quick stop and were able too see quite a few manatees although most of them were a bit... More

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Toronto, ON
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A little, out of the way spot that is well worth visiting. They have an interpretation center with some very interesting facts and displays, and a well designed viewing area. When we went (3 times) we did not see much from the deck viewing area near the entrance, but on the walkway we say much. One of the trips, we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Great free place to enjoy time with family and take in the great natural habitats of the surrounding wildlife

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Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

During the winter months spend a minute or an hour watching these cool and rare creatures of the water basking in the warm waters of the Tampa Electric Company Plant facility. There is plenty to do for all ages here. Learn about the Manatees, stand in hurricane winds (a charge), marvel at the solar panels and their output, or just... More

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