Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach

#30 of 1,679 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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  • The manatees are so amazing. One of my favorite animals. The fact that Tampa Electric built this visitor center/educational center says a lot about their values to me. We have been there many times....  more »
  • The viewing center is a nice way to spend a morning, watching the gentle giants. You can go at your own pace and not fight a big crowd. Sharks, rays, and other fish show up from time to time.  more »

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