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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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One of the country's favorite vacation destinations, Tampa offers lodging options ranging from lavish resorts to inexpensive motels, and almost everything in between. The city's downtown boasts numerous affordable full-service hotels where you can take advantage of in-room dining, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking, all within walking distance of popular beaches. For an indulgent experience, consider staying at one of the hotels located along the sprawling wildlife preserve on the upper shores of Tampa Bay.
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  • I took my science classes on a field trip here. It was a half day field trip. It was very educational and coloring pages and puzzles were available for my 6 graders. There were plenty of picnic tables...  more »
  • Great for a leisurely outing! Great for the little ones. Manatees are not always there but exciting to see when they are.  more »
  • A great place to learn about these sea cows. Volunteers help operate the educational center. One can learn a lot at this sight. The colder the waters of the bay, and Gulf of Mexico, the more manatees ...  more »