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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
Phone Number: 813-228-4289
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Ranked #6 of 67 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner 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, FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center is a great place to be able to view dozens, if not hundreds, of manatees. You don't get to see them as up close and personal as you would be able to do at Lowry Park Zoo though. There will be many swimming or resting near the viewing platform but most will look like... More 

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156 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit, and much has been improved and added since some years ago. But everything depends on the manatees, of course and they were there in massive numbers, playing, gliding and relaxing in the warm waters. Sensible parking attendant let us park in an unused "green" bay, as it was very busy, even at 11.00am on a... More 

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Canton, PA
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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I lived in Apollo Beach when I was single. Now I'm married and have 2 boys. Brought them to see the manatees and their eyes blew up. Such a great FREE tourist attraction sponsored by the local energy company.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the manatee viewing on a Sunday afternoon and I don't know if it's like this every day, but there were literally hundreds of people there. We were still able to see lots of manatees and fish but the viewing platform was very crowded. There is lots of parking, and its totally free for everything. There are nice walking trails... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

A must see for anyone in the Tampa area. These mammals are incredible. No charge for entry or parking, so spend your bucks in the great gift shop.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We went here first of all because it was free :) and 2nd of all because I have never seen a manatee. What a great find. I can't wait for my granddaughter to come and visit us so that I can take her here. We also did the $2 wind hurricane machine that they have there....now that was a waste... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Finally had a chance to stop in Tampa and see these wonderful creatures. Was not dissapointed. Warm water at the discharge area had over 100 of these amazing manatees right up close next to the viewing platforms. Also a very nice 1 1/2 mile walk out to the new viewing platform. Learned alot about how energy and nature can co-exist.

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Ocala, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The manatees seem to enjoy the human visitors. This is a great place for kids as well as adults. Lots of manatees, fish and people. Walking trails and an observation tower. The best time to go is in the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf drops. The water discharge from the power plant keeps the water in the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Had some time to kill and glad I found this place! For a place that doesn't charge an entrance fee, it was very well kept and clean.

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Minneapolis MN
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3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We saw 100-200 manatees, many up close. Very odd creatures, they are remotely related to elephants and aardvarks on the mammalian evolutionary tree. They don't do much but are fun to watch for 15-30 min. If first parking lot is full there is another one down the road that is a short 10 min walk

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