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Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center

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Fantastic to see manatees in the wild

Saw at least 8 manatees including babies. Its been my dream to see them in the wild which i have... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Don’t miss this.....once in a lifetime !

We usually go to Southwest Florida for a month in the fall but no manatees this year. Everyone said... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Belleville, Canada
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals. Open Nov 1 - April 15
6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572-2241
+1 813-228-4289
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Saw at least 8 manatees including babies. Its been my dream to see them in the wild which i have now finally realised. Also black tipped sharks and other large fish jumping out of the water. Cute gift shop and cafe. Also a ray touch...More

Thank rozzie551
Reviewed 3 days ago

We usually go to Southwest Florida for a month in the fall but no manatees this year. Everyone said to check them out at the Tampa Bay Electric in Apollo Beach . Wow....there are tons of these amazing mammals and some sharks and large fish...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Tide was in, wind roughed the water surface, couldn't see much--a few fish in the shadows of the mangroves and a very interesting shrub with bristle-covered pods.

Thank TravelFan34602
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seeing manatees was on my wife’s bucket list, so on this trip to Florida, we looked at options near Tampa, and the TECO Manatee Viewing Area at Apollo Beach was the closest. The site itself is set up nicely and provides exceptional opportunities to see...More

Thank 476devinw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the viewing center. People miss so much if they don’t wear polarized sunglasses. When you wear them, you can see all different kinds of fish in the water. Makes a much more enjoyable visit.

Thank Cathy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So many times we have visited Florida over the years and this time we were determined to see manatees. We found Tampa Electrics Manatee Viewing Center and we are so glad we did. What an incredible place for the community - it’s FREE! The employees...More

Thank michelebC9104GZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went tuesday and didnt know what to expect , had a fabulous 2hrs , walked through the mangroves to the viewing tower , a really nice 45 mins circular walk , fantastic views from the tower, the manatees must have started to arrive , there...More

Thank Paul N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth it's cost... Free! Also, please note that this place is closed between April 1 and October 31st. Manatees don't come here during this time. This is because Tampa Electric power plant is right next to a lagoon and the temperature of the water needs...More

Thank Nari K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely p,ace with knowledgeable guides who willingly share info. We saw the beginnings of manatees migration and met THE Tampa Rays in their habitat. And the whole thing is free!

1  Thank Josecanucee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we only saw one manatee but the weather was warmer than normal. The lady in the gift shop was very friendly and gave us good information. Would go back later in the year if in the area again.

Thank Lisa B
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Cathy W
14 October 2018|
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Response from farrellr40 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, that's true, they are only open from Nov. to April.
16 August 2018|
Response from Jon_PHL | Reviewed this property |
Red Tide does not usually come up the bay.
Holly M
19 March 2018|
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Response from kinzo2 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Also the employees did tell us as the weather gets warmer there will be less sightings. There are more manatee's in the winter /cooler months. Not sure when you are planning to go. We only saw one Manatee last... More