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Manatee Viewing

February 15, 2020 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Manatee Viewing Center

6990 Dickman Rd.
Apollo Beach, FL

Contact :

Jeaniel Image
(813) 506-4612
Tampa Platoon lets get out and get active while enjoying nature and learn about one of Florida's Native creatures. Florida is known for its gators but, there is a much gentler majestic creature in these Florida waters. Join us Saturday and learn how energy and the environment are merging together to create the perfect habitat for these docile creatures. Then stop by our picnic table for some lunch, beverages, and mingle with your fellow platoon members.

Inside the MVC's environmental education building, colorful displays immerse you in the world of the manatee and its habitat. Others show how Big Bend Power Station generates electricity for the community in an environmentally responsible way. See some of the power station's beneficially reusable byproducts. Inspect actual manatee bones and piece together puzzles. And before feeling the blast of a hurricane in the center's simulator, find out more about hurricanes and how Tampa Electric prepares for and responds to major storms.

Butterfly Outside, stroll among award-winning butterfly gardens and Florida-friendly landscaping. You also can see a variety of native and coastal plant life as you stroll along the center's tidal walk. Catch a glimpse of animals in the wild that make the center's habitat their home.

A towering symbol of our environmental commitment
Halfway along the Manatee Viewing Center's habitat loop trail – a winding route through natural Florida – you'll arrive at a boardwalk that takes you to our wildlife observation tower. Marvel at the surrounding habitat, including the estuary below, from a 50-foot-high vantage point. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the tables at the base of the tower. And on clear days, see all the way across Tampa Bay!

Wildlife Tower Built and located to minimize the impact on the environment, the tower, boardwalk and habitat trail are part of a network of trails that will connect to the Florida Conservation and Technology Center, an under-construction project between Tampa Electric, the Florida Aquarium and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

To access the tower, park at the Manatee Viewing Center. Here are some things to help you get the most out of your visit:

Be prepared for approximately a mile-long walk; select the right shoes.
There are no restrooms at the tower site, habitat trail and boardwalk.
To get to the top of the tower, you must climb several flights of steps.
Apply bug spray and dress appropriately (the tower will be closed in the event of severe weather).
Visitors with sensitive health conditions, including those aggravated by exertion, should use caution if they decide to go to the tower.
No food or water is available at the tower.
Feeding wildlife is prohibited.

What To Wear :

Wear comfortable out door clothing and comfortable shoes for walking.

What To Bring :

Sun screen as needed

Parking :

Parking: Free
**Big Bend Road is currently closed at the bend**

From the intersection of Big Bend&41 take 41 South to Apollo Beach Blvd. Turn right (West) on Apollo Beach Blvd then turn right (North) on Dickman Rd.