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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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Very educational and interesting. Most people have never seen a manatee up close. You will see large tarpon fish and other sea creatures. There is a long pier with mangroves and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very educational and interesting. Most people have never seen a manatee up close. You will see large tarpon fish and other sea creatures. There is a long pier with mangroves and Florida plants and shell creatures. And the best part, it is free. Adults and kids love to hear what the docents have to say about the life of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What an experience to watch all manatees gather in one particular area. The sight is only open during Fall, Winter and part of Spring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

You will see a lot of manatees congregationing enjoying the warmth of the water output of the power plant. It is peaceful except for the noise from the power plant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Pros: Where else in the world can you see dozens (maybe 50 or more) manatees all lounging around in the water enjoying the heat from a power plant? Pretty cool, well designed viewing decks, LOTS of manatees. It is free. There is adequate parking, except on weekends. Besides the manatees, there are nature displays that are pretty well done. Cons:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We've been taking our grandkids there since there were very small. We also take our out-of-town company there. It's a nice little change from the hustle and bustle of most tourist places. What is even more amazing is that it is totally FREE!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Great place to see and watch the Manatees. Went on a picture perfect day, it was so much fun! Sent great pictures to all of my friends and family up North.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is the "Winter Resort" for Manatees trying to escape the cold water of Tampa Bay. Tampa Electric provides an opportunity for families to experience these gentle creatures in a way that is not found anywhere else in Florida. It will make you appreciate how beautiful they are and aware of how slow they move. If you have a boat,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Unfortunately, when I stopped by on my drive to Tampa, the manatees had already gone further out to sea as the waters are warmer in early April. However, the staff here was so friendly and amazing in explaining the manatees (including showing some bones), talking about the fish that congregate here and showing off their butterfly habitat, that you really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect about this visit. While researching "things to do" while visiting the area I had stumbled across the website mentioning the Manatee Viewing Center. I am so glad we came -- we saw hundreds of manatees and the best part is it is FREE! We were there on a Sunday afternoon and it was very... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The manatees are rather dumb animals..they actually do not do much. But it is a great place to take children out for nature exposure. Watch the entrance fees, though.

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