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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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Best place to see Manatees

This is the best local place to see Manatees without snorkling or riding on a boat. Best time is in the winter -- thats when you will see the most.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the best local place to see Manatees without snorkling or riding on a boat. Best time is in the winter -- thats when you will see the most.

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Thank Sue P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great family place in the winter. The manatees come into the bay to keep warm and there are more than you can count on a cool day...and it's FREE

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Thank Diane S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is not a lot of parking but only because once people arrive, they do not want to leave. It is located directly across of the main water supply to the local electric company aka the smoke stacks. The manatees and other marine life like to gather here especially in the Winter time when the water is usually cold. However,... More 

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Thank Michael Z. L
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love the manatees. It is so awesome to watch them in their natural environment. Tampa electric does a great job of showing off these magnificent creatures.

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Thank morriscdk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was such a neat experience! It was so cool to see all the manatees, Rays, and tiger sharks! We really liked going on the walk out to the pier. This is a great activity for people of all ages, and you can spend as much or little time looking around. It's got a cute gift shop and snack bar.... More 

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Thank Val M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was tucked away and had more to offer than it appeared from the outside. The boardwalks had spectacular views and in addition to the manatee a large variety of fish swam at the docks. I thought the walk thru the mangrove informative and relaxing.

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Thank Tracy G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is great. Not only do you get to see the manatees in the "wild" (their natural habitat?!?) but there are great exhibits and many other creatures to see. We saw sting rays that were huge. The webcams are awesome too. Great for educators!

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Thank Mark S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great conservation area. A wonderful family outing to view the manatees up close. We saw tarpon and spinner sharks. Also a very nice walking platform that tales you through local vegetation. Highly recommend .

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Thank Jimbobillybob C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful time seeing the mantaee's - this is only a winter time activity and worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent when its cold enought to see manatees. kids love it. see manatees and sting rays. maybe even a shark

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