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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” (313 reviews)
“warm water” (242 reviews)
“gift shop” (312 reviews)
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6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289

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Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Sorry to say that I and my wife were very disappointed. Saw no manatees. Lots of yellow fin tuna. Did have two spotted manta rays swim through. The peers were very crowded making the view difficult. Water is very silt filled with visibility of 2...More

Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Wow! Manatees up close! Fun and educational. Wonderful facility. Well maintained and a great glimpse of nature. A must for those from out of town!

1  Thank dollyp3g
Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

I may have read the website wrong but the facility was closed at 1:45 when we arrived. I thought it was open till 3pm. I realize it is a holiday, but please make holiday hours more clear. There were several other cars that arrived at...More

Thank Debra S
Reviewed November 22, 2016

This place is a real find, manatees were there by the tens along with rays and other marine life all easily viewed from the many viewing platforms and decks. The walk trails are great too as is the observation tower. Their interactive education center is...More

2  Thank aaasolo
Reviewed November 22, 2016

This is the first time we visited the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center and it sure won't be the last! This is an absolute gem for a family or anyone visiting or living in the area. It's totally free and you are allowed to bring...More

1  Thank sammynew
Reviewed November 21, 2016

What a wonderful experience. We Ubered it from Tampa for about $25 each way. Absolutely worth the ride and the money. The place is free and the Manatee were plentiful. Spend a couple of hours.

1  Thank Traveler1Denver_Co
Reviewed November 21, 2016

We had a truly magical day watching the manatees - we really could have stayed for hours! We saw at least 20 and some quite close too! At one point a shark even jumped out of the water which was unexpected! Definitely a fantastic place...More

1  Thank catrinhd
Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We went as a family and walked the nature trail to get to the center. There were a variety of activities at the center, with helpful volunteers. The gift shop was small, but fun and reasonably priced. The boardwalk to view the manatees was very...More

Thank jzeglen
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Early in the season so not too many manatees to see but there were some. Clean, and well run. Did see fish, rays and sharks. Under construction, expected to be completed within a couple of weeks to house rays from baseball stadium. Good place to...More

Thank zwizz94
Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

It was nice to see many manatees swimming free in the ocean. We also walked around to explore the outdoors. Picture props and a gift shop on site.

1  Thank Dena R
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Damien H
January 14, 2018|
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Response from LWRFL | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. But there were about 50 or so people on the pier the day we were there. It's a very large pier, so that was not a problem.
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.
April 9, 2017|
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Response from Oscar B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have wheel chairs but I do know they have wheel chair ramps. Very accessible for everyone.