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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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Address: 6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an...

Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.

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If you go in cold weather it is packed with manatees, When they built the power station environmentalists worried about the warm water coming out of the power plant, but the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Norman, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you go in cold weather it is packed with manatees, When they built the power station environmentalists worried about the warm water coming out of the power plant, but the manatees go there in the winter when the Gulf water gets cold. Retired employees of the power plant are your guides.

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Elkton, Maryland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love living right down the street from this FREE gem that's open to the public with clean restrooms and plenty of parking. The fish, birds, and of course, the manatees, are varied and fascinating. It can get crowded and the viewing areas are not shaded, so plan accordingly.

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Redding, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to view manatees. The water temperature needs to be cold for the manatees to come to the warm water coming from the power plant. The best time would be December through February. In addition to the manatees there is a sting ray touch tank, a butterfly garden and fun gift shop. This is well worth the... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The temperatures were already warming up, so we were not sure we would be able to them, but we did. The staff their said to come early in the morning when it starts warming up. Nice walkway along the river out to the coast, and we saw manatees at various places. The staff are very knowledgeable and will be happy... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Admission is free so nothing to lose if you're in the area. Open Fall through April 15 (the Manatees like the warm water produced by the power plant during the winter). Suggest you visit earlier in the season when it's colder out. Manatees like water that's 68 degrees or above, so they migrate to the the bay when the ocean... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The day we visited there was only one manatee in close to the viewing platform but you could see a lot more further out in the inlet. A very well set up place and definitely worth a visit to see these amazing creatures.

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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were disappointed the manatees had left the area. We could see some fish in the water. Great boardwalk to walk on, butterfly garden, gift shop, educational centre.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bit of a drive but well worth it to see dozens of manatees gathered in the warm water of the plant.

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The population of Manatees can vary. They come into the warmer water heated by the electric plant when the Tampa Bay and Gulf waters are colder in the winter. I saw quite a few in February. There were still some Manatees to see in March, however not as many. There are several Tarpon to see as well as wildlife. There... More 

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South Dennis, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by on our way to the airport. It was easy to find and kept up very nicely. The walkway in the back lead us to the manatees!

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