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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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Wonderful place to learn about and view manatees and other wildlife

Free and educational. There is a walk around platform for viewing the manatees, a nature center, and trails. What a wonderful place. I cant wait to go back. The day we went the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Free and educational. There is a walk around platform for viewing the manatees, a nature center, and trails. What a wonderful place. I cant wait to go back. The day we went the water temp was cold (65 degrees) and the manatees were abundant. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Went there with my parents and my thirteen year old son last week. It was easy to find and plenty of parking even though it was busy. You certainly could not spend a couple of hours there, but it was great to see all the manatees and they were fairly active (as active as you expect a basking manatee to... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Manatees everywhere!! We went in November 2014 and saw quite a few rising to the surface and dropping back down. We went back in December 2014 and the amount of manatees had tripled, it was simply fabulous! We saw a few mother manatee with babies, rays jumping out of the water, huge fish of all kinds. It's a wonderful experience... More 

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Westland, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Drove out to the power plant on a lovely sunny afternoon and ended up staying much longer than planned. The volunteer docent gave an educational and entertaining brief presentation and answered all sorts of questions. The observation platform offered plenty of viewing, we especially enjoyed the moms and babies (manatees, that is).

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We spent much more time here than we anticipated. There were several manatees basking in the warm water both at the observation walkway and out the extended trail. It is hard to believe this attraction is available to the public totally free of charge by Tampa Electric. It is neat, clean and very well done. Do not miss the walking... More 

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Warren, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of those things you don't know how much you'll enjoy it until you get there. There were well over 100 Manatees in the water. They were all sizes. We saw a mother nursing a baby. There were some popping in and out of the water for air, some were swimming backstrokes and some were just relaxing. There... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The manatee viewing area and all surrounding grounds are beautiful and well maintained. It's hard to believe they don't charge admission! Loved seeing the solar panels in the parking lot and they even had power stations for electric cars. On our visit we saw at least 50 sea cows all enjoying the warm water from the TECO power plant. An... More 

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Gloversville, New York
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Easy to find, free, and both educational as well as entertaining. We hit the weather right and the creek was full of manatees. There were all sizes/ages and a good variety of behaviors, though mostly it was just rising to breathe and disappearing again. Fun to watch from their observation platform. There is also a walkway out along the creek... More 

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Tarpon Springs
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195 reviews 195 reviews
28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped by this afternoon. There were many small manatees near the front observation deck. A few were doing backstroke swimming (cute). We only saw 2 larger manatees but I am sure there were more hiding. This is a free exhibit and has a learning center with interesting displays - and free too! There is a snack bar & rest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

came here on a rather cool day...what a treat. Manitees everywhere. Great boardwalk for viewing and its free.

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