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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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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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We learned about the Centre from a brief article on TV, gosh so pleased we did! This is a superb place, the facilities are great (spotless bathrooms, shaded picnic tables) and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Wellington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We learned about the Centre from a brief article on TV, gosh so pleased we did! This is a superb place, the facilities are great (spotless bathrooms, shaded picnic tables) and the staff were so friendly and giving of their time. We saw huge tarpon and sharks, schools of fish close to the viewing platform and manatees out from the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were able to visit one morning while visiting Tampa. The manatees are so cool to watch although many of them are scraped up from boat motor injuries. We also got to see lots of fish (the water is very clear). We only stayed for about 30 - 45 minutes but enjoyed it very much. It's free and definitely worth... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to see the manatees in a beautiful sunny day. It's an impressive site with boardwalks gift shop and food. We were disappointed however as we didn't see any manatees. Not sure why but that's the way it was. It is free which is nice. We did see lots of large fish. It was very crowded at 1030am on... More 

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Greenville, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thought this would be an easy excursion to kill a bit of time while in town so we drove out to the manatee viewing site. This place was crawling with families and kids. We had to park in the alternate parking lot it was so packed. Definitely wait on the shuttle. Some people were walking the distance to the... More 

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Penndel, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped by to check this place out on our way to the airport. Very nice nature trail to the lookout. We did see manatees but they were a bit far away. We also saw sharks, seabirds, and other fish in the water. Nice for young children - they have a stingray pool where you can touch them and a... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful manatee viewing and so close to home! And it's free! Nice viewing platform. Nice gift shop with friendly help.

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Thank m0rningw00d
Tampa, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Manatees, tarpon, sting rays and the odd shark, plus plenty of birds. A simple viewing area and some displays. A bit of patience required but worth if you like wildlife. Just south of here is a nature Reserve and beaches where you can see horseshoe crab at a he right times.

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Flower Mound, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can see the manatees here during the cold months when they like the warm exhaust from the electric plant. We saw over 50 manatees

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Branson, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We always take our family and friends here when they come for a visit. We love just watching for the manatee or even any types of fish or birds from the Florida area. There is also a cute little gift shop and a walk thru learning about manatees area. Very educational, FREE, and FUN!

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Thank Dawn F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't complain. The area was well designed and let you pet stingrays. The manatees weren't cooperative but it was built for them. All in all a good visit at an even better price....free. In the pic you can see them in the distance (they are the humps in the water).

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