Manatee Viewing Center – 6990 Dickman Rd., Apollo Beach, FL, (813) 228-4289, http://tampaelectric.com/manatee
Q-tips say: Nice park across the Tampa electric power site. see Manatees, it has a Butterfly Garden, a petting animal pond, and a gift shop and walking trail. IT IS FREE.
Took the grandson and saw one manatee, played in the play area with the sand. Did pet the stingrays in the petting pond and enjoyed the butterfly garden. Unfortunately you cannot take a tour of the power plant since 911 – security issues. Overall a nice place but go when the weather is colder because that is when a lot of manatee congregate in the water due the the warmth from the power plant.