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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 89 attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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South Windsor, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It was great to see the Manatees just lounging around in the water. They were active when we were there and I could have watched them for hours.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My wife and I had to have seen at least 100 Manatees swimming around in the 75 degree water during the winter weather...It is a site to see

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Not sure how other people are reviewing this attraction when it's closed from April 15 to November 1. Saw lots of reviews in June so we went to see it. Very disappointed.

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Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

No-charge for admission; and operated by Tampa's Electric Company; such a nice way to see Nature and Humans working hand-in-hand to help preserve endangered Manatees. Attracted by the warmer water discharged by the Electric Plant, through June the Manatees congregate in waters that are crossed by wooden walkways and waterside paths. Come and enjoy seeing these gentle creatures. Quick drive... More

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Have been here a number of times. It is great area for viewing manatees and other natural wonders of Florida. Best of all it is free. Great place for kids and a relaxing time.

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Herndon, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Interesting & off the beaten path. We were able to see @ 3-4 manatees & toured the wildlife exhibit for free. Great quick pit stop on the way to the airport. Took a few pictures of the power plant for my son's science class.

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Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Excellent place to view manatees. Easy to find. Free parking. Boardwalk offers good views and education on Florida shrubs, mangroves, birds, wildlife and water view. See oyster beds from the docks. Good learning center.

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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you want to go somewhere that will excite the kids and not lighten the wallet, drive to the Tampa Electric Manatee viewing center. It is absolutely free and there are always plenty of manatees there for your enjoyment to watch. There is also a nature walk and boardwalk to stoll on.

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Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Awesome and free! We saw lots of manatees, many different types of rays and fish. Also saw sharks and lots of birds. Definitely worth the stop if in area. Only a few minutes drive off I-75.

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It is an interesting place to visit and take family or out of town guests. There is someone there to talk to guests and a show and tell type area where the information about the manatees is displayed and an employee explains everything you would want to know about manatees. The viewing area for the manatees is very large and... More

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