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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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Manatee Party

Winter time is the best time to see these amazing creatures. You can see as many as 300 hundred or more gathered in one place, sometimes with little ones by their side as well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Winter time is the best time to see these amazing creatures. You can see as many as 300 hundred or more gathered in one place, sometimes with little ones by their side as well. This facility has great access to see them and lots of information and activities to educate all ages about the life of the manatee.

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Lutz, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You are guaranteed to see these interesting creatures during a cold snap (yes, in Florida we do have them). The Manatees seek the warmer water of the Big Bend water outflows

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We live in the south shore area and whenever we have visitors in the winter, we make sure to take them to the manatee viewing center. We're lucky enough to live on the water but we don't always have manatee hanging out in our backyard. Once it's cold enough, they move in and typically hang out mid March. In addition... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I especially liked the habitats that the animals were in; it didn't seems like they were in cages for the most part. I have been to many zoos and this one is at the top of my list.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing for ALL ages they have docks to walk out on so you can see string rays dolphins all kinds of beautiful fish and there's a tower you can climb up that you can see forever

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a small corny attraction with decking built out on to Tampa Bay for visitors to roam and look at the Manatees. Its great for kids, parents and grandparents. If the manatees are near or in the viewing site they are fun to see. Go in the winter when the electric company waters are warm to see them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is great,nice family atmosphere.IF you want to see wildlife this is the place to go, we saw sharks jumping out of the water, fish, and manatees, hundreds of them.Teco power has done a great job at this site, they also have free shuttles when you are on site.

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Thank Tom N
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

TECO has done a wonderful thing and designed a fantastic way to see these gentle and marvelous creatures!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an annual event for my family and marked when "winter" was coming. During the winter months, there are many manatees that come up next to the plant for warmer waters. Its free to get in. They have a nice long boardwalk and the place is well maintained.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

beautiful place next to a power plant - we were there in the morning and i guess it was too hot anyway - we could see no manatees

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