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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572
Phone Number: 813-228-4289
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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 enjoyable and informative.

Friendly, helpfull and informative volunteer staff. Free...but you will feel you want to leave a donation. Giftshop priced much lower than you'd expect. They say there were about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Mel N
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Friendly, helpfull and informative volunteer staff. Free...but you will feel you want to leave a donation. Giftshop priced much lower than you'd expect. They say there were about 500 manatees last week but many fewer today. We did see manatees, spotted rays and black tipped sharks. Well wort the time spent.

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Thank Mel N
Milwaukee
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome FREE activity. Easy to find. Great viewing, not just of manatees but large fish and Pelicans too. Very well kept viewing docks, small gift shop and snack bar. Saw a couple of senior citizen bus tours which was nice. There was elevator access to the viewing docks

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1 Thank madameak65
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice free place to visit. We came in February when it was a little chilly and there were lots of manatees to see. Great trails to walk and viewing areas.

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Thank Cade C
Colchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Drove here from Reunion to see these lovely animals and wasn't disappointed. There were lots basking in the river when we arrived mid afternoon giving us fine views of them. The walk on the walkway was great saw Pelicans and stingrays as well as more manatees. Interesting but small information centre which was packed, difficult to see all the information.... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The TECO Manatee Viewing Center was a very pleasant surprise. It was very crowded today for a chilly day during the week so be sure to allow enough time to get a good spot on the rail for manatee viewing and to see the small exhibit floor inside. This center was extremely accessible for people with mobility issues with long,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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212 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a free attraction. I was there a couple days ago and I'd say there were hundred's of manatee in the water. Sure, you only see their nose and head or their tails when they flip over but it's cool. The water is alive with 1200 pound animals surfacing for air. ( They have to come up every 20... More 

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Thank Tony D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Where can you go these days for absolutely FREE and come away with seeing and learning about something as wonderful as nature? This is it! It is truly a spectacle that is rare and wonderful. The Tampa Electric station even provides busses to transport you if the crowds cause you to park in the overflow parking lot. It is a... More 

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West Hempstead, New York
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we visited while in the Orlando/Tampa area on a misty/rainy day. It was fantastic seeing the Manatees hanging out there. Still, I would have wanted a more "hands on" experience. They should figure out a way to interact with some of these beautiful creatures. The educational center was very informative and the viewing areas were not crowded which made for... More 

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Chicago, IL
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29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Tampa electric company has done a good job promoting the well being of manatees. They definitely love the location as there were dozens of them there. The water is fairly dark and murky so all you can see is the tops of them if they decide to surface a bit. There is no underwater viewing. There is a small... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to see manatees in the cold winter months, this is the place to come. There are many animals here and you can get up close views of them

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