Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Tampa

Currently 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
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Beach, Garden, Wildlife Park, Family And Kids, Exhibition
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About Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Tampa

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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  • This was a very fun outing. The neighborhood around this area is pretty run down, but the park is kept up very well. There were no manatees since as they told us, it's been above the 60s so quick, they headed out into the bay early. There are sharks up close, pay attention to the jumping fish. The tower has some good views for being only 50 feet high. Definitely worth the stop even in the off season. You can see thousands of these crabs that love the salty surroundings.

  • So, if you were wondering, I think folks from Florida really, REALLY love their manatees. So much that they have a county named "Manatee County" and have set up this lovely center! The Manatee Viewing Center is not only educational, it is also adorable and extremely busy. There were masses of children from schools visiting, as well as many people who were enjoying the site. There were lots of manatees in the water and they are very loved by the area. It was great seeing so many people interested in them! The butterfly habitat was very small, but also full of educational signs for people to learn as well as seating nearby. The pet a stingray area was very crowded but very well behaved and controlled. Right above the stingrays would be the area with really reasonably priced food to buy if you get hungry. And then there's the birding trail. I didn't see many birds, but I did see more manatees at the viewing area at the end! It was a lovely and educational visit!

  • No manatees here when we stopped by — it was warm, so they didn't need to seek out the warm discharge water — but we were still delightfully surprised by the extent of this free boardwalk-style viewing area. There's a sting ray pool (petting allowed), photo ops, butterfly garden, learning center, cafe, gift shop, and extended mangrove walk. And the wheelchair accessibility is very good, including parking, boardwalks, and restrooms.

  • Great place to get out and enjoy nature. Loved the nature walk to and from the overlook tower. During this walk you are in the direct sunlight, so prepare for this. We were able to see a few of the Manatee. Loved seeing the sting rays up close. Best part it is free.

  • Neat place. I suggest going when they open and on a colder day. Parking is a bit crazy. Small lot on site and then another across the street it seemed. Not sure if there is a way to check but if possible avoid going when there is a field trip. Lots of room to look though. Sting rays to touch. Small cafe area, mostly snack foods. All ages would enjoy it.

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