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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“power plant” (220 reviews)
“warm water” (174 reviews)
“gift shop” (222 reviews)
6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

5 manatees 60 yards away doing nothing. Save your time. Drove here from St Pete. F that. I know its a free but my 13 and 10 thought it was lame.

Thank pizzeriaar0ma
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great pit stop for all. The day we stopped we didn’t see many manatees but they were out and out and about. You could spot them in the distance. Not the swarm I had hoped for. Lots to see and do for...More

Thank CurlGirlWhirl
Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a fun place to go November through beginning of March. Free parking, free admission, wonderful boardwalk from which one can view manatees close in as well as in the open water near the electric plant. There is a sting ray exhibit which was fascinating....More

Thank ItIsSunny
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First thing - this place is a bit of a drive. We came from Clearwater and after 40 minutes and many miles of industrial buildings we began to wonder if we were heading in the wrong direction. Just keep with it! It’s a little further...More

Thank rmssquared
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the second of the 'Power Station' manatee viewing areas that we had visited during a tour of Florida. It was by far the best. The facility is well laid out with Skate tanks and bird trail walks, however, the stars of the show...More

1  Thank geoffandtom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We checked this out when we had some time to pass before heading to the airport. There is no admission fee and it was a great way to spend about 90 minutes. There was a lot more to do than I expected and our three...More

1  Thank indyoes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw about 5 manatees, lots of big fish. Its was 80 degrees out, there are usually more manatees when it's colder. The stingray touch tank was fun for the kids and there was a fun educational room too. It is definitely a fun, quick...More

2  Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see a whole lot of manatees as well as a bunch of fish like Tarpon in the very clear waters. It's worth the stop.

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great experience for children, families and really anyone interested in the gentle giants we call manatees. You get to get up and personal with some very close viewing options. The winter months tend to be the best as the manatees gather to play and...More

Thank epolins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited right after the viewing center opened for the season so we only saw 2 manatees but it was still a fun visit. The walk on the pier gave a good view of the power plant operations and allowed you to watch The sharks...More

Thank Lynne C
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9 April 2017|
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Response from Oscar B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have wheel chairs but I do know they have wheel chair ramps. Very accessible for everyone.
20 March 2017|
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Response from MomofShadow | Reviewed this property |
They are typically there in the cooler weather trying to stay in the warmer water. I believe the sight is open all year.