Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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  • 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 Address: 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, FL 33572, United States, Tampa
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Contact Number: +1-8132284289
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 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. :)

  • I really enjoy bringing the kids here. You see something new each time. I didn't see manatees this past visit but we saw a lot of sharks which was an amazing site to see! They gave a concession area which is pretty much your "normal" snacky food items. Sting ray area is pretty neat and the butterfly box and garden is fantastic. They also have an education area upstairs that's very interesting. The trails to the lookout tower are great too. Makes for a nice walk.

  • It was great. It was during a eastern USA cold snap, intense. So there were many manatees in the warm Waters near the power plant. Or whatever it is... Factory. There may have been a hundred or more manatees. I had a broken leg and a campervan but no handicap parking sticker. Dre and his boss saw me circling. They opened up a small area near the front for me to park. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dre and his boss. They got me wheelchair so I could really cover the walkways. I got to pet the Stingrays in the pond on the first floor. They are so soft. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dre. He was a true gentleman.

  • Wonderful place to visit. You can see lots of manatees if you go at the right time of year and you have a little time to see them emerge. Stingrays exhibit was a great addition to the park. We highly recommend going if you get the chance.

  • If you visit during the cold season you may have the chance to see a ton of manatees. We've been twice and the second visit was amazing. I couldn't believe how many manatees were just floating in the little canal. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and the walk on the boardwalk is quite nice. Could easily visit the whole center in 30-45 minutes, but it's a good, free, educational trip for the kids.

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