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“Great view of manatees!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
6990 Dickman Rd, Tampa, FL 33572
813-228-4289
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Ranked #9 of 213 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Lakeland, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
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“Great view of manatees!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Great place to see lots of manatees during the cold season, in their own habitat free to come and go as they please. Especially love the babies. Have been coming almost every winter for 17 years

Visited December 2012
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“Long way to travel to see manatees”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I will start with the fact I've lived in Florida for much of my life and have seen manatees in the wild many times. They are facinating, adorable creatures. For those of you who haven't seen them in the wild and don't want to go to the Lowry Park Zoo (where they have a great manatee exhibit and hospital), the Teco Viewing Center is an alternative.

The best part of the attraction is that it is free (thank you Teco). However, you have to time your visit to when it is cold. And don't base your decision to go entirely on the web-cams at the Teco website, because those cameras are not very close to the boardwalks that people are allowed on. We went toward the later part of the season. There were lots of manatees on the webcam, but when we got to the boardwalks all you saw was manatees breaking the surface of the water almost a full football field away. None were close to the boardwalk. This was a bit disappointing to drive as far as we did from North Tampa to see very little.

Visited February 2013
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Athens, Georgia
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“This place is one of a kind, totally worth the stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Having never seen manatees in the wild before this place was amazing and nearly unbelievable. We saw 6 up close and 30-40 farther away. We were mesmerized and watched for nearly an hour. GO HERE when in Tampa

Visited January 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Manatees & More”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a wonderful experience and it's free! Once you get over the fact that you are in the shadow of the power station (which let's face it is why the manatees & other wildlife are there seeking warm water) there is a rich variety of wildlife. On our visit in early April 2013 (the end of the season) we saw 10+ manatees, stingray, small sharks, tarpon, fiddler crabs and many other fish. The site is great with a pier, raised viewing platforms, flower garden displays, plenty of car parking, exhibition area, several toilets, a small snack bar (we enjoyed corn dogs & nachos) and a manatee gift shop. We found it was a great place for a 1-2 hour stop if passing the Tampa area or a filler at the beginning or end of the day exploring the Tampa Bay area.

Visited April 2013
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Kansas City
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“CLOSED APRIL 15th - Nov”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Closed now look at the website for details. Outdoor area is open but not the indoor facilities. Will not see manatees when weather is warm like it is now.

Visited April 2013
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