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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” (319 reviews)
“warm water” (248 reviews)
“gift shop” (317 reviews)
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6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289

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Reviewed November 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this place. First off, it's free! The staff were all helpful and very friendly. It was obvious that they loved their manatees. It is well organised and quite big, so if there is a crowd you can find a spot that isn't...More

1  Thank Parkway_Dave
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Went here the day after Thanksgiving. It was more crowded than usual, but we were still able to find a parking space and enjoy our time. The air temperature was unseasonably warm, so no manatees to see this time around, but we did see some...More

Thank Miranda S
Reviewed November 28, 2016

Thank-you to the Electric Company (TECO) for providing this attraction to the public! Your staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Enjoyable to see the marine life but more enjoyable to watch the young children with their wide-eyed wonderment and mouths dropped in awe!

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed November 27, 2016

Well organized, free viewing center. We saw manatees, spinner shark, Jack Crevals, mullets, snook, spotted manta ray and stingray. There are also a few trails to walk through mangrove forests - we will definitely visit again!

2  Thank Nuria R
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Having visited blue springs state park many times we were looking forward to seeing this It's a power station that warms the water so the manatees come in You can't see the manatees as the water is dirty All you see is a bit of...More

Thank Anne G
Reviewed November 27, 2016

There is a education center to learn more about manatees, but also a large observation deck to watch them. Open only in winter and spring but worth a visit. While you are down there, check out Circles for lunch or dinner!

Thank lasagnadeb
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

What a cool way to see manatees in the wild...and no admission. Definitely visit the website to learn the history of how the viewing area came to be...pretty near serendipitous story. There are several overlooks...we went on the one to the right of the building...More

1  Thank Angela H
Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by this hidden gem on our way back from Siesta beach and was not disappointed we got to see several manatee and sharks. But the cutest thing was when a manatee started spinning in the water. Only wish they would have came closer...More

Thank Missy E
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
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Nora M
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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
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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.