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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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This was a fun place to spend a couple hours. Interesting location with nice deck viewing area for manatees and fish. There is a pool where you can pet sting rays and a walkway... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a fun place to spend a couple hours. Interesting location with nice deck viewing area for manatees and fish. There is a pool where you can pet sting rays and a walkway area with information on local wildlife. Great activity to do for free and they do have a concession stand.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This free, yes I said free, attraction is wonderful for visitors of any age. We visited last year and wanted to come back again this year. While there were not as many manatees this trip, there were still a decent number of them just not in quite as close as last year. They have recently added a stingray exhibit where... More 

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Richmond, London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We didn't see many manatee close up but you could see them from a distance relaxing in the warm waters. Parking was difficult as we arrived at peak time. Great that it's free entry and some educational things once you are a there. Make sure you have mozzie repellant as I was bitten a few times.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 3 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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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