The Manatee Viewing Area adjacent to the TECO plant in Apollo Beach makes a wonderful afternoon for the family. Get up close to view manatee, sharks, rays, gar pike, and other fish. Casually stroll the nature trail or visit the center. Gift shop as well. The manatee come in to this area for the warm water, so the best time for viewing is during the winter and early spring before the weather and the larger waters warm. And it is all free, including admission and parking!