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Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center

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6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals. Open Nov 1 - April 15
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“power plant” (320 reviews)
“warm water” (249 reviews)
“gift shop” (320 reviews)
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6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a super cool place to visit! I went here one other time and it was closed (during the summer) so I was super excited. There were no manatees in the normal viewing area- it was unseasonably warm (almost 90) in February. The ray pool...More

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed yesterday

This is a really cool somewhat out of the way place. Apparently the manatee come into the harbor at the electric company's waterfront when the water in the Gulf is too cold to sustain them. That means they are here primarily in the winter months...More

Thank jasgld
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful viewing center, thoughtfully designed and easy access for all. Hundreds of manatees to observe and the educational center was truly informative. Great way to spend time on a beautiful day.

Thank pkm711
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Since this was just off the highway and we were curious, we checked this spot out. While we wish we could've seen more wildlife, we did see 1 manatee and a ray in the water...and several large fish. It was fun to check out and...More

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place for families. Educational and well done. Lots of manatees and also a place to touch the sting rays.

Thank lodmark
Reviewed 6 days ago

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center is a great place to learn about manatees and see them in abundance. They also have a stingray tank where you can view, learn about and pet stingrays. A great free and educational experience in the Tampa Bay area.

1  Thank brianmm58
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Wednesday afternoon in early February. There were plenty of parking spaces and the viewing area was large enough so that it was easy to see the manatees. There is a small informative museum and gift shop that had several good books...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend. Not a lot of stuff going on, but it’s free. Free admission, free parking and it was maybe 5 minutes off the expressway. We saw two manatees and some of the sharks. It was a neat area to just stop by. It’s a...More

Thank axj23
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an excellent year to view the manatee's. The gulf water was cold so there were hundreds of the manatee's in he warmer water. The center also has walk ways a sting ray viewing area

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cold temperature brings a large number of manatee to the area. Crowded but not over crowded. Quiet and a good place to watch sea cows stay warm.

Thank Scott H
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Nora M
February 2, 2018|
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Response from Harold R | Reviewed this property |
YES..... plenty of handicap parking and very wheel chair accessible to everything. This place is top-notch in all facilities. Enjoy!
Damien H
January 14, 2018|
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Cathy B
December 8, 2017|
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Response from wdwmk2017 | Reviewed this property |
We are not supposed to feed the manatees at the viewing center anything! There are signs posted reminding visitors not to feed the animals there.