Visit the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida

Just outside of Tampa there is a power plant whose warm waters are frequented by a diverse group of aquatic and bird life. The Manatee Viewing Center [6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572] is free to visit and there is a lot to do and see. You’ll likely first want to walk on out the boardwalk to catch a glimpse of the manatees. I visited later in the afternoon so they were all snoozing by that point, but I wasn’t the least bit upset about being shafted a manatee sighting. I saw black tipped shark, tarpon, and all sorts of exciting exotic looking fish.

There were plenty of birds around the premises as well, looking for the fresh catch of the day.

Inside there is a great exhibit about the local wildlife

and out on the deck you can even pet the rays in the pool!

When you’re finished with all that you can hit the trails, just over two miles in total, filled with beautiful Florida flora.

It is very exposed out here, so bring water and wear a hat. You can see an observation tower out in the distance, it’s a great destination.

You get a great view of the power plant and the surrounding area from way up high.This is a perfect destination for families and wildlife lovers of all ages.

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