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. Put Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center and other Tampa attractions into our Tampa trip maker tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We visited right after the viewing center opened for the season so we only saw 2 manatees but it was still a fun visit. The walk on the pier gave a good view of the power plant operations and allowed ...  more »
  • As long as the weather is fairly cold, we always have good luck seeing manatees here. They have done a nice job putting together the area with enough viewing areas and other things to walk around and ...  more »
  • What a fun place to visit! I saw twin baby manatees, lots and lots of adult manatees, and visited the nice gift shop. We've been going here since our first date in January, 2014 and try to go at least...  more »

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