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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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We read many of these reviews, but were still not sure if we would be successful in actually viewing manatees. We needn't have worried; we saw and photographed several which came... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Calgary, Canada
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We read many of these reviews, but were still not sure if we would be successful in actually viewing manatees. We needn't have worried; we saw and photographed several which came very close to the viewing platform. We were also fascinated by the variety of fish life: tarpons, sharks, rays and many fish which I could't identify. The surroundings and... More 

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It seems manatees like the warm discharge from the nearby power plant when the bay is cooler. But due to the warm winter here in Tampa, there were only brief glances of a few manatees. Parking can be a problem, it opened at 1000 & we got there at 1100 and needed to circle the parking lot a few times.... More 

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Sun City Center, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Top notch facility for viewing wintering manatees. New Stingray Touch Experience is great for kids, and adults!

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North Port, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There were several boardwalks available for viewing the manatees and fish, and a good size enclosure with sting rays. There are clean restrooms available, along with a gift shop.

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Brookeville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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