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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

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6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
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Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“power plant” (218 reviews)
“warm water” (171 reviews)
“gift shop” (222 reviews)
6990 Dickman Rd, open Nov.1-April 15, Tampa, FL 33572-2241
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been a couple of times and really enjoy it. Very well planned and maintained. It is only open certain times of year, so make sure to check their schedule. Both times were busy, but everyone still was able to view the manatees. Would...More

Thank JenFL71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's amazing to see these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat. They are so gentle and graceful that you will stare at them from the pier mesmerized. The best time to go is in the winter because there is a power plant nearby that heats...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to see what was going on so I rolled down on my motorcycle. The winter is better for viewing manatees because they rest in the warm water of the power plant. Tarpon can be abundant and easy to see. Most are young adult...More

Thank Moto-Photo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family always takes guests here, excellent for viewing and variety of informative on manatees. This is definitely a must-see for families and those with young children. A sunny day is best, but go anytime, easy access for all ages and needs.

Thank Sandy4556
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there not expecting much, but I was amazed at the number of manatees and how well I could see them. The information and film provided were helpful in understanding these amazing animals. Don't miss it if you are in the area during the...More

Thank vlgtampa2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First it is free to go and u can if you like give a donation, there are several donation box around this place. We had a nice time and took pictures.

Thank yanelis2012
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can not go wrong going here with your family, or even by yourself ! If you are a nature lover, this is a perfect place to visit. During the peak times, one can view many manatee's all day long as well as taking the...More

Thank radamsofs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't know that they didn't let the manatees out until the first of November. This place is easy to find but closed the day we arrived. I guess the manatees show up from November 1st through April - it's a winter activity when the manatees,...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids love it and it is a no cost half hour to an hour event that is a very easygoing way to see some nature and learn.

Thank Rerbird
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You may think you're coming for manatees, but all you'll see is the glaring and obnoxious Tampa Electric. It's industrial. Sure, I saw manatees-- but hardly, I could only see a black dot poking up above the waterline from about 100 feet away. The manatees...More

Thank Micah L
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Response from Oscar B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have wheel chairs but I do know they have wheel chair ramps. Very accessible for everyone.
21 March 2017|
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Response from MomofShadow | Reviewed this property |
They are typically there in the cooler weather trying to stay in the warmer water. I believe the sight is open all year.