Manatee Viewing Center

6990 Dickman Rd.
Apollo Beach, FL 33572- Map It
Phone: (813) 228-4289

AAA Editor Notes

Manatee Viewing Center is 2.5 mi. w. of I-75 exit 246 (Big Bend Rd.) at 6990 Dickman Rd. The center is across the warm-water discharge canal from the Tampa Electric Big Bend power plant and features an observation platform for manatee watching and a movie about manatees. Other displays cover Florida yard landscaping, power plant and solar generation and by-product recycling. A nature trail provides closer glimpses of native plants and wildlife.</br>Note: To reach the observation platform visitors must walk a half-mile and climb several flights of stairs.</br></br>
Hours: Daily 10-5, Nov. 1-Apr. 15. Nature trail daily 10-4, Nov. 1-Apr. 15. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. and Christmas. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.