Wednesday – February 26, 2014
TECO Power Plant
Manatee Viewing Area
6990 Dickman Road
Apollo Beach, Florida
We visited the Manatee Viewing area located on the property of the TECO Power Plant. It is located at the intersection of Big Bend Road (County Route 672) and Dickman Road, about five miles north of Ruskin, Florida on U.S. route 41.
Open: November 1 – April 15
Hours of Operation: Open Daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission Fee: FREE
This is a wonderful area to view manatees and a marvelous public service, provided free to visitors, by the TECO Power Plant. The warm water discharged from the power plant attracts manatees to these waters in the Tampa Bay. An elevated walkway takes visitors out onto the waters to get a close-up look at the manatees. A concession stand provides refreshments and a gift shop provides manatee memorabilia for purchase by visitors.
It was windy and slightly overcast during our visit. These weather elements made viewing conditions less than ideal, but we were still able to spot a couple of manatees frolicking through the water. We will definitely visit this area again on our future trips to Florida.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.