Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Tampa
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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Just a little drive from Tampa and my kids enjoy seeing the manatee in their natural habitat. There are many babies at times. They have educational information along the walkways and a store with souv... read more »
This is a wonderful location tiff is it with family and friends during the winter months when the manatees flock year due to the warm water coming out of the power plant. It is free but they have a gi... read more »
Winter or early spring is the time when manatees search out warmer water, and the water here is warmed by the power plant. We've visited several times with family, and enjoyed the wildlife viewing are... read more »
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