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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
813-228-4289
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Ranked #10 of 93 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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Apollo Beach, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is actually down the road from where we live, so we love to frequent this site. It's nice to see them Manatees while they're at their lil' resort spa. TECO heats the water nearby, so the Manatees cluster here during the cooler months. There are tourists w/ big time professional cameras that come to see the manatees, as well... More

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Tampa, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This small center offers a long pier to walk out to the water. There is an automated "tour" as you walk the pier giving information about the facility and the manatee's. Saw many manatees just off the decking of the center. There are some children's learning activities and a very new restoom facility. Free to visit and a nice stop... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went to see the manatees in November. It was a little too early to see many of them as the winter temperatures hadn't yet prompted the manatees to head for warmer water. I would love to go back. I was very surprised that this is a free activity. The parking lot and gift shop were very nice; the whole... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I visited the viewing center several times. It's just ok. If you absolutely must go, go when the water temp is cooler. The manatee's are attracted to the warm water put out by TEC. But don't go out of your way to see it.

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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