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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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A truly unique experience!

There's nothing else like this that I know of! Excellent, FREE, fun diversion in the Tampa area. But note, this is really only when the water is cold, or at least as cold as it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

There's nothing else like this that I know of! Excellent, FREE, fun diversion in the Tampa area. But note, this is really only when the water is cold, or at least as cold as it gets in Tampa! I had expected to maybe see a couple of animials, but on the day I was there in February of 2015, there... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I read about this place and decided to go. Parking was a bit ridiculous but we lucked out and found a spot near the entrance. It was cool to see so many manatees clustered in one spot.

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Riverdale, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

South of Tampa down I-75, exit to Apollo Beach, follow signs. It is in the shadow of the TECO Big Bend plant. Best viewing is in cool months when the manatees come in to the power plant's hot water exhaust channel. sometimes there are so many manatees you could hop across the channel without touching water (virtually, of course). There... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Have taken my elementary class on a field trip and also visitors from out of town. They have a nice little museum in their main building, but it is often disappointing when the manatees (not too many) are not active enough to enjoy viewing. I think there are better places near Tampa to view the manatees.

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Gibsonton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you are visiting Florida and want to see Manatees, its a sure thing here 9in the Winter). Its free and we take out of towners there all the time. Just remember though that Manatees are only going to be there in the colder months. They come to the plant because of the warm water.

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Windsor,Ontario,
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

There is an inherent richness in having the opportunity to see live unusual critters. This is a remarkable place as it does encourage protection of a rare and magnificent species.

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Lutz, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a great nature park, and very visitor friendly. The walkway allows all to enjoy the scenery, the manatees, and the coastal ambience.

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Suwanee, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We saw plenty of manatees relaxing in the warm waters at the Manatee Viewing Center. There's a small information center and a couple of boardwalks. Parking is a pain, so go early. You can probably see everything within 30 minutes.

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Smyrna, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We didn't see any manatee when we visited the center. However, the boardwalks and nature trails offered great opportunities to see fish and other wildlife. The center has a good mix of interpretive exhibits on nature and on power production with an emphasis on conservation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

On those cool winter days in central Florida this has to be the best thing to do. Dress warm and go see the hundreds of manatees that are drawn to this warm water. This is a must see.

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