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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Tampa

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Get up close to Florida's famous manatees at Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. In the cooler months, a large number of this endangered species seek refuge in the warm, clean water of Big Bend Power Station's discharge canal. Tampa Electric has set up a viewing area here where visitors can observe these gentle creatures. Watch them for a bit, and then enter the indoor education center to learn more about the manatees and power station. You'll be able to take part in activities and peruse information displays. Don’t miss the hurricane simulator, where you can experience the blast of strong winds and learn how Tampa Electric deals with serious storms. The many outdoor activities include an award-winning butterfly garden and a tidal walk. Work out when and for how long to visit Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center and other Tampa attractions using our handy Tampa vacation planner.
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  • Went later in the day so not very crowded. Very nice viewing center. Be sure to walk out on the berm, too. We spotted almost all the different fish. Did the nature walk to the lookout. Late in the day...  more »
  • We learned about the Centre from a brief article on TV, gosh so pleased we did! This is a superb place, the facilities are great (spotless bathrooms, shaded picnic tables) and the staff were so friend...  more »
  • We were able to visit one morning while visiting Tampa. The manatees are so cool to watch although many of them are scraped up from boat motor injuries. We also got to see lots of fish (the water is v...  more »