Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach

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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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  • We enjoyed the viewing center and were thrilled that it was free. You can see the manatees in the water and can see several variety of fish too. We must have stood watching them for 45 minutes. We pic...  more »
  • This was such a nicely maintained area with easy access for all mobility types. The walkways were wide and level and the view was great. The manatee viewing was great. The touch tank for sting rays wa...  more »

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