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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
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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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Super place to see Manatee--GREAT for kids

We saw a number of Manatee and the have a really great 900 foot walk along the water where we saw Tarpon fish up to 6 ft, Crevalle Jack, jumping mullet, and other fish as well as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Brookeville, Maryland
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Brookeville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We saw a number of Manatee and the have a really great 900 foot walk along the water where we saw Tarpon fish up to 6 ft, Crevalle Jack, jumping mullet, and other fish as well as brown pelicans up close. They have a small fast food plae and nice gift shop.

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Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many Manatees and a great information center....they had a fresh water hose that the Manatees would drink out of...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, everything here is free. It was very easy to find from Tampa. We spent about 2 hours, we probably could have stayed longer but we had another commitment. We went on a Sunday and the manatee viewing area was very crowded. We could still see some snouts and tails popping out of the water. There were probably... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately didn't get to see any manatees when we visited, but did get a lesson on these beautiful creatures and nature. Bought an amazing book in the gift shop, and explained to my young daughter. She didn't even mind and was happy to just learn more about manatees. Great staff

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is such a nice place - don't forget to walk around the building to the nature trail - great views from that locale as well as the piers. And with the low tide, the manatee tend to stay out farther, so the walkway can follow them better.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent about 2-3 hrs at the manatee viewing center and had a very nice time. Not only did we see many manatee very close up from an elevated viewing platform, we also saw very large Tarpon, black tip sharks and many other fish species. Had a great time and best of all it was all free. Well worth the time... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a couple of hours to kill so searched for some things to do. We found this online and what a pleasant surprise.! Driving towards it we thought we had the wrong location, as its next to the Big Bend Power plant. Ironically, it's the plant itself that attracts them due to the warmth of the water, and there... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a very educational tour for young kids and adults. It was amazing to see the manatees up close and in their own environment.

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's pretty chill to stroll out onto the platform and watch 3 dozen Manatees cruise slowly in the bay. Adequate food counter for light snacks and a low key gift shop. Very well done b Tampa Electric. We spent 90+ minutes and had a good time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We live here locally and try to go check out this incredible center at least once a week. There are hiking trails through salt marshes (trails are well done and dry) to a lookout tower as well as a newly opened stingray touch tank. On the weekends, you will likely have to park in an adjacent lot (free shuttle provided).... More 

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