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Manatee Viewing Center

Manatee Viewing Center Ride - Teco
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 17.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  The Manatee Viewing Center gets its name from the fact that visitors get to view manatees that gather in the clean, warm water... more »

Tips:  Bring Water for the trip to the viewing ctr., of course a Camera, and wear Comfortable shoes and clothes.

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Points of Interest

1. Panther Trace Subdivision

Panther Trace is a 785-acre master-planned community, with distinctively designed villages. Great care has been taken to preserve the community's scenic wetlands and nature areas.

2. Fruit Stand, Symmes Rd and Hwy 301

Produce found at The Farmers Market is renowned for being locally grown and very fresh. People argue The Farmers market allow farmers to pick produce at the peak of flavor, preserve the nutritional content of fresh produce, and since locally grown produce does not travel as far to get to your table, the difference in mileage saves fossil fuels. ... More

3. New Bike Lane

The MPO passed a Restriping Resolution stating that when a road with ample width is resurfaced, the designer will look at reducing the motor vehicles lanes to allow a bicycle lane to be striped. Following that resolution, an engineering study was funded to identify appropriate roadway widths that could accommodate cars and bicycles and still meet ... More

4. Tamiami Trail

Back in 1923, when completion of the 275-mile Tamiami Trail from Tampa to Miami was stalled, 23 men calling themselves the Tamiami Trailblazers and two Seminole guides decided to cross the Everglades in cars.

To demonstrate that the final section could be built through the treacherous swamp between Fort Myers and Miami, they set out in their... More

5. Mosaic

Mosaic is one of the world's leading producers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients.

Their world-class mining and processing operations produce more than 10 percent of the world's potash and phosphate supplies. They move these products through the value chain to wholesalers and retailers through their extensive global distribution ... More

6. Teco Power Plant

Big Bend Power Station has four coal-fired units with a combined output of more than 1,700 megawatts. The first unit began service in 1970; the second and third generating units were added in 1973 and 1976, respectively; and Unit Four was added in 1985. A natural gas- and fuel oil-fired peaking unit was installed in 2009 to provide additional... More

The Manatee Viewing Center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 1 through April 15. (The center is closed Thanksgiving, at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter.) From home, you can operate the cente's east and west Web cameras. For more information, call (813) 228-4289. The Manatee Viewing Center’s mission is to... More


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.3 km²), of which, 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (3.56%) is water.

Apollo Beach is named for the mythical Greek God who brought light and warmth to the world each day. Locals say that the name was... More

9. Tamiami Trail

The Tamiami Trail is the beauty and the beast of Florida roads, a highway-time machine that passes through a paradise of primeval forests and toothy animals as well as canyons of strip-shopping malls and heart-stopping traffic. The Trail, which is the last 275 miles of highway US 41, connects Tampa with Miami.

10. Orchid Green Houses (open to public)

They sell Orchids and Orchid supplies and one of the largest Orchid greenhouses in the area. Its worth a stop just to wander through the greenhouses to see all the beautiful orchids in bloom.

11. Cuban Restaurant... best in the state!

Quaint, clean Cuban restaurant with amazing Cuban sandwiches.

Located in Riverview, Fl at the Shoppes of Southshore in south Hillsborough county. Little Habana Cafe serves up a variety of Authentic Cuban foods with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Little Habana Cafe, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. They ... More