Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing CenterCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, FL 33572, United States, Tampa
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8132284289
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Beach, Garden, Wildlife Park, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center - Review
This attraction developed as a nice bit of serendipity. In 1986, when the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach began delivering power to Tampa, it began to take in water from Tampa Bay to keep cool. The warm and clean water was discharged back in to the ocean. Sometime later, large droves of manatee started showing up, attracted by the unexpected pocket of warmth whenever the water cooled below 20 degrees Celsius. The government swung into action, and today, the place is a ‘state and federally designated manatee sanctuary’ that provides protection to the people. Now the centre provides several activities:
- Exhibits of manatee fossils and insights into the life of this gentle creature.
- An exhibit on how the station generates power, and how it preps for storms and hurricanes.
- Butterfly gardens landscaped in Florida style.
- A fifty foot wildlife observation tower that lets you see across Manatee Bay.
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Information
- There are no restrooms here.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Carry bug spray.
- Do not feed any animals here.
- Food and water not available here.
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Ticket Prices
- Entry is free.
- Parking is free.
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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Tampa Reviews
This is always a fun place to bring out of town guests during the cooler months. Lots of manatees usually, along with some other wildlife. And the best part is that it's free! Definitely a must see when in the Apollo Beach area! The nature walk is a nice trail as well. I love manatees, so it's one of my favorite places to visit in the "winter" that we don't really have in Florida.
Great place for a fun little outing. Great for out of State folks to experience Manatees and learn about them. Be aware this place is not open all year and is closed in the Summer. Best time to go is in the winter. You will also see tarpon and other fish in the water. Definitely a kid friendly place. There are also walking trails nearby, but I’ve never bothered to do them due to laziness on my part. And please do NOT touch the stingrays directly on their backs, only touch their wings in their pool. Many dipsticks were touching them wrong and it’s really obnoxious and stresses the animals out. Bring your electric cars for an environmentally friendly charge while you visit!
An awesome experience especially in winter and spring when the manatees are in the bay due to cold water. There also have a ray touch tank and picturesque walking trails. The best part every attraction and even the parking are free.
This is one of my favorite "tourist attractions" around here. It's beautiful, not too built up (but building more! 😁) And just has an amazing atmosphere. I love the sting ray touch tank. The long pier is amazing to walk down and see all the fish. The countless times we've seen all sorts of wildlife there, plus the GIFT SHOP IS CHEAP. The snack bar is cheap, and has decent "snacks." The bathrooms are always clean. It's a well taken care of place. :)
We go minimum 3 times a year! The Manatees love the warm waters next to TECO plant. And as you see our pictures? Amazing view, learn about ALL local animals, plants, and habitats. Great learning environment. Great for all ages. And amazing wildlife of ALL kinds