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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

#6 of 196 things to do in Tampa Features Animals
6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
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6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
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Reviewed yesterday

If you, like I, have always wanted to see manatees in the wild, this is the place to do it! When temperatures drop below 68 degrees, manatees flock to the Big Ben Power Station in Apollo Beach to keep warm. We went during the week....More

Thank mikelcesc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place to see manatees. And hey it's free. Can't beat that. They have a ray pool too and you can reach in and touch them. Very nice. Quick stop so beautiful

1  Thank Robinlynntucker
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were surprised how many Manatees one could see. We have been here several times. Nov till Feb is perhaps the best time to see a lot of these calm animlas. Amazing! The Center is very well organized. A lot of wild life explanations around...More

Thank Hartmut P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were so excited several years ago when moved here and learned about the Manatee viewing center. And every year it gets better. TECO has added and improved the facility every year. It is very respectful to the manatees and also a great learning experience.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 6 days ago

if you are from out of state this is great place to take the kids. I live here and go once a year, yes you get to see the manatees but there is a lot of other wild life to see and a nice trail...More

Thank thomaspL2584OS
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take guests and to educate the young. During the winter months there are many manatee, flying fish and huge sturgeon. Nature walk along the waterway as well as educational displays and demonstrations.

Thank islandgolfer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe it is the kids ages or the weather or something, but we really found this super boring. It is free, so I guess that's good?

Thank Menat Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place, go before march. The warm water attracts the manatees. Summer they move to deeper cooler water

Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So cool viewing the manatees! The place is cool and good to take the kids! Very educational. Great place to check out and get out of the heat!

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Remember this is free and limited by environmentalists in that the Manatees have gone by late April but this is a really good spot to see numerous manatees. If you have never seen one, pop along here to view them plus the large selection of...More

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Does anyone know if there are will chairs there that you can use?
April 9, 2017|
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Response from Mlirvine | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any wheel Chairs.
Is there wheelchair access ?
March 20, 2017|
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Response from Roseann L | Reviewed this property |
are manatees only around November Thur April? I see this is the dates for the viewing center. so is this not open at all between may and Oct?
February 13, 2017|
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Response from MomofShadow | Reviewed this property |
They are typically there in the cooler weather trying to stay in the warmer water. I believe the sight is open all year.