Manatee Viewing Center

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Tampa , USA
Big Bend Rd
Apollo Beach
+1 813 228 4289
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Opening hours
10am-5pm 1 Nov-15 Apr
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One of Florida's more surreal wildlife encounters is spotting manatees in the warm-water discharge canals of coal-fired power plants. Yet these placid mammals show up here so reliably from November through April that this is now a protected sanctuary. Look for tarpon, rays and sharks, too. A snack bar, small exhibit, bathrooms and picnic tables round out the sight.

It's half an hour from downtown Tampa; take I-75 south to exit 246 and follow signs.