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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 92 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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 young children, Activities for older children
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

No cost except the gas getting there for a very serene experience. Great experience for the entire family. Take all visitors there during the colder months of winter.

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We saw a few but it was not the easiest place to see them at least at the time of year we went. The view wasn't the best but it was free to park and it was close to where we stayed.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

When the temperature drops the manatees come in and there are hundreds. If you've never been this place is a must see. Very cool for a short field trip too.

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is fabulous if you go when the waters of Tampa Bay have cooled. In the winter, there can be several dozen manatees trying to keep warm there. Do not go in the summer or you will be disappointed. TECO has done a fine job with a display and well-maintained boardwark to view the manatees as well as an... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

After much convincing of my friend, we piled in the car for the drive. Little far outside of downtown Tampa, but I was eager to see the manatees. After the 30 minutes drive we arrive to a closed sign!! It was not open! They are closed for the season. Every website and info posted said nothing about closing until November... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is the place to see the wonderful Florida Manatees up close . The viewing centre is easy to access for everyone and there is ample parking. The boardwalk provides easy viewing for fish and other wildlife and the volunteers are pleasant and cheerful.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

brilliant choice, we were very lucking to have found the perfect reserved spot where the Captain of our boat knew where to look for the Manatees. He was very knowledgeable and gave us the perfect advice. He told us to wait and be patient that the manatees would come to us and play. And he was right. I was floating... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were closing out our week vacation on the way back to Tampa airport. This is a convenient nice family stop for an hour (not a full day destination). We saw a few manatees and lots of small sharks. The boardwalks were easy to navigate.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went here with our three year old son, and he loved it. It's not just the manatees that you will see. Lucky for our son, we also saw sharks.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We love stopping here to see the manatees! Such a great viewing spot. Our family stops at least once a year. Lots of fun for people of all ages.

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