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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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There is a tank where you can touch rays and several decks and walkways where you can watch the manatee in the bay. There are several locations with recorded information on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a tank where you can touch rays and several decks and walkways where you can watch the manatee in the bay. There are several locations with recorded information on the wildlife. I've been to places that offered far less and charged a significant entry fee. The Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center is FREE.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great freebee! Just drive up, park and take a stoll through the live sanctuary to view the manatees. (They love the warm water that is discharged from the electric plant.)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While you can likely always see that there are Manatee in the vicinity, don't expect to see one up close - they tend to gather near the plant which is on the opposite side of the inlet from the viewing bridge. Additionally if its cloudy, its hard to see into the water. When then sun does shine though, you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fun place to take the family. They have several viewing locations, a nice educational center, and lovely walking trails with a real cool watch tower. I highly recommend this place for kids and families. The manatees are unbelievably huge!!!

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Ocean Pines, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its great that this area has been made into a viewing spot for manatees. The day we were there it was 80 degrees and sunny. The manatees were "hiding" way on the other side of the viewing area away from clear view. Could see their backs humped up in the water. Nice break from our long drive. Restrooms are free... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went later in the day so not very crowded. Very nice viewing center. Be sure to walk out on the berm, too. We spotted almost all the different fish. Did the nature walk to the lookout. Late in the day and year not much happening nature wise that you can see but you can see far. They do serve food.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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