TECO Manatee Viewing Center

Tampa Electric Company has long pier that goes out into a bay filled with warm, clean discharge water from their factory. I put a few photos on a former post which were taken with my cell phone. These are more close up photos of the manatees who come into the warm waters during the winter. Michelle and I had already done a clear kayak ride, a snorkeling trip, and this one we were able to stay dry and just look out all dozens of manatees along with some babies. It is free….my recommendation is to definitely go….but arrive early, when they are just opening. I highly recommend it! We learned a lot and they have a sting ray petting tank and a cute gift shop with all things manatee as well. Definitely glad we made the time to stop by! Learn about the floaty potatoes!

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