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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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Tampa, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Free. Busy in season, so parking can be a challenge. About as close as you can get to a manatee while staying dry (on land). We live here and often take out of town guest to visit for unique experience.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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USA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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