Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach

#29 of 1,606 in Wildlife in Florida
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Get up close to Florida's famous manatees at Tampa Electric's 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. Put Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center and other Apollo Beach attractions into our Apollo Beach trip maker tool, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Was excited to go here and not at all disappointed. It was extremely busy when we attended but the car park attendants did a phenomenal job. I can not believe you do not have to pay so made a...  more »
  • A cold day in Tampa made the beaches not very appealing, but the colder than usual water in Tampa Bay brought scores of Manatees to the warmth of the electric plant's water output. The animals came...  more »
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