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Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center

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6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289
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Manatee's by the hundreds.

This is the place to go to see a spectacular site of manatee's during their winter migration to the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jerzray
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Apollo Beach, Florida
Its the luck of the draw...

We came during Spring Break (Mar) hoping to see lots of Manatees; well we saw 0. We did see other... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MaeH4
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Niceville, Florida
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals. Open Nov 1 - April 15
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“power plant” (328 reviews)
“warm water” (250 reviews)
“gift shop” (321 reviews)
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6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
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+1 813-228-4289
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the place to go to see a spectacular site of manatee's during their winter migration to the TECO discharge where they can escape the cold water to a more comfortable temperature. Also there are many more species of aquatic residents including sharks, tarpon...More

Thank jerzray
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We came during Spring Break (Mar) hoping to see lots of Manatees; well we saw 0. We did see other wildlife, but not the main attraction. Still nice nonetheless and glad we stopped by. They close in April, when the water starts to get warmer....More

Thank MaeH4
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting in winter seems to be best as the manatees are attracted by the warm water from the power station. Amazed to see over 60 manatees gathered together, some being groomed by smaller fish. Actually lost count of the number of them. The jumping rays...More

Thank Mlove2013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whenever we have guests in from out of town we stop here to show them the manatees. The nature trail out back through the mangrove is nice also.

Thank Jim O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately our trip was nearly April 15 and the water was way too warm, so we didn’t see manatees. However, we were able to see the stingrays get fed, very large fish and some black tip sharks. We also walked out onto the long pier....More

Thank Jami0927
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an absolutely great place ... I question TECO's motives, but still, what a fantastic place to visit to learn about manatees, brackish water, fish, and birds. Besides seeing the mass of manatees attracted to the warm waters near the electric plant, there is also...More

Thank allioak
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cool little place, great for kids and adults. Parking was a bit of a mess, the small lot was full so cars just had to drive in a circle until someone left. There's many activities here: a string ray pool, butterfly garden,...More

Thank emma b
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family loves to visit here when the manatees are around. Such a nice viewing facility and they now have a stingray petting pool which is great for kids and adults both! You cant beat especially since this is a free attraction and is also...More

1  Thank Jennifer D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The manatee viewing center is an amazing wildlife viewing area. My fiancé and I live up the street and go often because there is so much to do! The last time we were there followed a couple of very cold nights so there were tons...More

Thank hmw00d
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy parking and access. Nice little information and nature center, observation reached through a nature trail, (decking and shell pathways), information center was filled with manatee information. Huge tarpon on easily seen from the viewing area, and we did see a manatee at a distance...More

Thank Joe K
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Holly M
19 March 2018|
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Response from kinzo2 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Also the employees did tell us as the weather gets warmer there will be less sightings. There are more manatee's in the winter /cooler months. Not sure when you are planning to go. We only saw one Manatee last... More
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You-YY
10 March 2018|
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Response from Linda B | Reviewed this property |
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Nora M
3 February 2018|
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Response from Harold R | Reviewed this property |
YES..... plenty of handicap parking and very wheel chair accessible to everything. This place is top-notch in all facilities. Enjoy!
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