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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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Once in a lifetime

This is definitely a sight to see. Hundreds of the gentle giants all huddled together in the warm waters generated from the electric plant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is definitely a sight to see. Hundreds of the gentle giants all huddled together in the warm waters generated from the electric plant.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Although we came with high hopes of seeing Manatee, it was mid-afternoon and apparently they go out to feed in the Bay. Although disappointed, it was still very educational. We also enjoyed viewing the power plant close up and their story of producing warm water for the manatee.

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Up close viewing of manatees. Although the area around is a bit industrial, it was interesting to see manatees in the wild and so up close. It will depend on the day you are there as we saw three adults but learned from another visitor that the week previous there were 20 in the water at one time! This is... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We love this place. We see Manatee, Bull Sharks, Tarpon, and spotted Eagle Rays cavorting only a few feet away.

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Bad Axe, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

There were so many manatees, that you didn't know where to watch first. This is an experience that everyone should have, but not much is published about it. Take the time to see them

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columbus indi
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Awesome educational facility at no cost. Right off the interstate. Easy to get to and have a quick stop on the way back North. Be prepared not to see the Manatee depending on the time of year. Would be good if they posted a sign that they have left.

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Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I'm a volunteer at the Manatee Center. When Tampa Bay drops in temperature to the mid 60's and below the Manatees which feed in Tampa Bay swim into the TECO water outlet to warm up. This is a free attraction and Docents are trained to give sticker, bookmarks and explanations about the Manatees which are mammals and herbivores. In order... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Wow! LOVED this place. It is so deceptive when you see the nasty smoke stacks but when you take the time to read about them and what an effort TECO is making in the environmental department, it is beautiful. The smoke is actually steam. The power plant warms the water and the manatees like the warm water so they hang... More 

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Caliornia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Unfortunately the manatees are gone for the season as the weather and water is warming. I didn't see a single one.

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tampa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I never saw so many Manatees in one area and you can get so close. The viewing area, docks and walkways, are just beautiful. It's a great place to talk out of towners for something different, or children. It's a place for all nature lovers.

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