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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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  • We have been to Tampa several times and this our first visit to the manatee viewing center and what a trip. We got to see several manatees , a shark, all sorts of fish and birds. If you are ever in th...  more »
  • This place is great. I took my oldest here more than 20 years ago and it was awesome to take my littles to the same place to see the manatees. I love the work they are doing to restore health to these...  more »
  • Nice walkways and area to view manatees in the warm waters of the Tampa Electric company. You might also see eagle or manta rays and various types of fish. There's a small shop as well.