Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach

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#23 of 1,736 in Wildlife in Florida
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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  • Due to construction work there is a signed detour to the manatee viewing area and a level 400 yard walk from the overflow car park to the viewing area or a shuttle bus. There were around 40 manatees....  more »
  • It’s best to go when it’s colder so the manatees come in to the warm water of the power plant. Well organized and free. We go at least once a year. It’s well worth the trip.  more »

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