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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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  • Didn't see manatees but saw several other fish and learned a few things from the audio running in the background. Petted the stingrays and had some very good Kona shaved ice afterwards in the seating ...  more »
  • If it's too cold they are far away under the power plant outputs but catch them on a nice Feb or March day and there are sooooo many manatees, rays, black tip sharks, all kinds of tarpon and things to...  more »
  • The viewing area has been expanded. Most times there is ample parking. The snack bar has good food. Some walking required.  more »