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“Get closeup to the Manatees - and its free” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manatee Viewing Area

Manatee Viewing Area
6998 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, FL 33572
813-228-4289
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Ruskin, Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Get closeup to the Manatees - and its free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

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!

Visited January 2013
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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Always a must while in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We have always visited the viewing center when ever in the area and now we live in Apollo Beach and still go several times when the center is open during the colder months. Temps can range from shorts weather and winter jackets and hats - you just never know. If you are visiting in the cold weather be sure to dress warm as it gets very windy!

Visited March 2013
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Oak Island, North Carolina
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9 reviews
“Manatee heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Very awesome - highly recommend this for a day trip. Nice visitor center and walkways to view the manatees.

Visited March 2013
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Yorktown, Virginia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Pleasant Stroll”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

As others said, "it's free!". Very informative and pleasant nature stroll along boardwalk. Manatees were in abundance, but offshore of canal bank. Unless at the edge of the boardwalk (there was one!), not too much visible other than the ripples. Failed to visit info center, but docents very knowledgeable. As others have said, watch the temperatures as manatees return to the open water when water temperatures in the bay get to 67 or so.

Visited March 2013
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Campbellville, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Awesome place to view the Manatees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Very nice place to walk on the boardwalk and view the manatees, fish, found it very clean and excellent for kids and adults alike. Cafe and museum, gift shop, and some walking trails too! The staff are very helpful, a nice place to vist and free.

Visited March 2013
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