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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: +1 813-228-4289
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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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I am such an animal lover. I was so awesome to see how the manatees collected here in winter. they are such peaceful majestic mammals.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am such an animal lover. I was so awesome to see how the manatees collected here in winter. they are such peaceful majestic mammals.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a wonderful and magical place for these manatees. I have to make a trip here every time someone comes to visit. The kids will love it, but its not just for them. Not to mention it is free to view. Can't beat that. Have fun and enjoy nature.

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Tampa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We are locals and this spot is wonderful to our our lovely manatees from mid November to April - It is a must see for those that like wildlife and our iconic manatees

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Coral Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 so busy. We saw manatees, sharks, eagle rays, tarpon, jacks and loads of birds. I'd... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 interesting fish and visited the gift shop, which was surprisingly inexpensive. It's free to go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Wentzville, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 that was a nice nature view...but far from manatees. Then we found the longer boardwalk... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 - 3 feet. Observation tower was the highlight of the trip with good views of... More 

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