Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center959 Votes Currently Closed
- 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
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 Travel Tips
- There are no restrooms here.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Carry bug spray.
- Do not feed any animals here.
- Food and water not available here.
Entrance Ticket Details For Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
- Entry is free.
- Parking is free.
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52.72% of people who visit Tampa include Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
63.79% of people start their Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
93.04% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Reviews & Ratings
A great place for tourists! If you come in the winter, you can see about 100 manatees! It is amazing what these people are doing for the wildlife. There is also a great place for the kids to play if they don’t want to sit and watch the manatees. There is even a souvenir shop and a place to buy snacks and drinks. You can go out there on kayaks and sometimes see manatees coming in or out. I strongly recommend for tourists and people who like manatees
Tourists, take note. This is one local place we love to go. To see the manatees! Yes, yes, no one likes looking at the big, ugly TECO smokestacks. They are truly the eyesores of Apollo Beach, an otherwise fantastic community. But after living here a while, you get desensitized. Here's hoping one day everything is solar, right? Meanwhile & that being said, if you can get over the optics of the factory itself, this is a great place to view the manatees in the winter. I'm not talking about just one or two manatees; on a cool day in the winter, you could see dozens. The warm waters around the plant provide a cozy, warm spot for the manatees to gather...one perk of the plant. This viewing area is lots of fun for adults and children alike!
A wonderful way to spend the day to get out and walk and stretch your legs. Manatees are bound as well as numerous fish sharks, etc in the canal as you walk along the pier. Afterward, take a walk out to the lookout tower along the boardwalk and flat shell paved pathway. Numerous photographic opportunities abound. HIGHLY recommend!
Saw lots of manatee, really cool fish, and even some small sharks. They now have a Manta Ray petting tank too. Very clean, completely free, friendly staff, and very reasonable priced gift shop. Have been twice now and really enjoyed it both times.
We were fortunate to see the recently released female manatee that has an attached buoy. Very exciting! We saw schools of baby sharks and one of the biggest Brown speckled And striped fish ever. It was 5-6 feet long and 16-18 inches diameter. Amazing! We also pet the stingrays and the gift shop has some lovely items.