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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  • August 5, 2017
    Tampa Electric offers to visit the free option of manatees in larger amounts than its power station. The great manatees love this place especially because where hot water is fed. Other marine animals can be seen. There is a small theer and souvenir shop with very friendly communication staff
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  • July 24, 2017
    I loved walking around this fun little attraction. We saw a lot of manatees and learned a lot as well. I loved the way it was set up with the boardwalk and little play areas.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Because of the power plant being on the water, it heats the water and brings the manatees in during the colder months (around November - March). I have been several times and sometimes you only see a ...  more »

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