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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
Phone Number: 813-228-4289
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an...

Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.

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This is a great FREE place to spend a couple of hours. Wonderful observation decks and a fun little learning center with activities for the kids. Take a walk out to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Riverview, Florida, United States
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Riverview, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great FREE place to spend a couple of hours. Wonderful observation decks and a fun little learning center with activities for the kids. Take a walk out to the observation tower and see all of Apollo Beach from about 6 or 7 stories high. It is all stairs, and a bit of a rocky walk, not wheelchair... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Handicap friendly, child friendly, family friendly! Great place for everyone to see Manatees and all kinds of fish up close. Very cool! They have done a great job adding walkways and changing the parking to make it easier to maneuver the lot.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the boardwalk and areas to view the manatees and water birds. The discovery center was very informative and interactive. We can't wait for it to get cold so the water will be full of manatees!

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Thank Melanie L
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The manatee viewing center is a must-see in the Tampa/Apollo Beach area. In the winter time is when the manatees are the most prevalent, and it is great to see all of them there. They are safe at the viewing center, and the center does a great job of educating visitors about manatees and native Florida wildlife. Family friendly. Definitely... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been several times to see the Manatees. They only come in cold weather to warm up in the heated water near Tampa Electric so it is only open from Nov to mid April. It is free. There is a wonderful room of hands on exhibits for children and a great little gift shop that is not outrageous. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is one of those things where the degree of fulfillment you draw from the time investment involved (because is a lengthy drive from the beach areas) is purely dependent upon the vagaries of nature. If the manatee are cooperative then it's definitely worth, but if they are staying farther out in the water and away from the viewing decks... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Got there just to check out what people talk about it. Excellent place to pass some time. The kids enjoyed very much the place and checking out the manatees in the wild. Place was very clean and organized. Will visit again.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to see sea creatures in open. Much to learn for the children about the nature and the eco system.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been coming here for years every winter with the kids. No better place to see massive quantity of manatees… Certain times of year they have people out there to teach you about them and the habitat… Absolutely a must do between November and February if you're in the area, you will never regret it!

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When the weather turns cold, and that's below 72 degrees for South Floridians, manatees seek warm water. The best place for them, and viewing, is the Tampa Electric plant. This is all FREE to the public: plenty of parking, an educational resource center, boardwalk, and a viewing dock, where you are 6 feet above the manatees. From this dock I... More 

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