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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Tampa
(4.4/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A nice place with lots of manatees. Watch as they swirl and play. Weird but im here please.
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  • Hubby and I checked out the manatees at the Teco viewing center. We enjoyed a walk on the nature trail and at the viewing center. We saw a few manatees and cool sightings of sharks jumping out of the ...  more »
  • We were happy to have gone. A nice cool day to be out and enjoying the trails. Most of the manatee were away from the viewing dock (could see them but not very well) but saw other animals up close on ...  more »