Manatee Viewing Center - Apollo Beach, FL

benches Since 1986 the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach Florida has brought people and Florida's natural environment closer together. Tampa Electric built the manatee observation platform at Big Bend Station and welcomes the manatee watchers to its warm water discharge viewing area. The Manatee Viewing Center has hosted more than one million visitors who have come to see these endangered marine mammals.
Along with colorful educational displays, there is a butterfly garden, puzzles and games to play, a hurricane simulator, a 900-foot tidal walkway and a solar power display.
viewing dock
The center features an Environmental Education Building where you'll get a chance to learn about the manatee's biological characteristics and habitat.
people on viewing dock TECO in background
The center is open to the public from November 1 through April 30 10am to 5pm. The center is handicapped accessible, with vending machines, picnic shelter and gift shop.
tidal walkway entrance
A self-guided natural trail is also open, ideal for viewing the tidal flatlands.
mangroves on beach
Mangroves, one of Florida's native trees, are a common and very important part of Florida's estuarine ecology and economy.

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