The Manatee Viewing Center Webcam West, which sits high above the center's gardens and boardwalks, will be operational through the end of the center's open season on April 15. Simply follow the instructions below to take control of the camera and see plant life, wildlife, and – when the water temperature drops below 68 degrees Fahrenheit – manatees.
Instructions: Simply click on the camera image to request control. Once you have control, you will have two minutes to use the camera before control goes to the next person waiting in line. If no one else is in the queue, you will be able to direct the camera until someone else requests use.
Direct the camera's view as follows: to zoom in, use the slider bar along the left side of the image. To swivel the camera left or right, use the slider bar along the bottom of the image. You can also direct the camera by clicking on the spot within the camera's viewscreen where you want to focus. (Please allow a moment for the camera controls to respond to your commands.) Click on the "Snap" button to take a photo of your view that you can e-mail to friends.
Now you're ready to use the Manatee Viewing Center Webcam. Enjoy!
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Check to see if manatees are at the center using our east and west Web cameras from home!
Address: 6990 Dickman Rd
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Admission: Reserve your FREE tickets.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (the wildlife observation tower and habitat trails close at 4 p.m. daily).
Tentatively open: Jan. 6 - April 15, 2021
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (at 3 p.m.), Christmas Day and Easter.
Please note: Shoes and shirts required; no pets allowed (service animals only). The MVC is ADA-compliant. No drones, drugs or alcohol allowed on or over facility grounds.
Let us know by sending us a group reservation.
Take Interstate 75 to Apollo Beach, Exit #246. Turn west on Big Bend Road (C.R. 672). Travel to the traffic light at Big Bend Road and U.S. 41 and turn left on U.S. 41. Head south until you come to Apollo Beach Blvd (CVS on the right) and turn right. Travel west on Apollo Beach Blvd until you come to Dickman Road (Apollo Beach Elementary School) and turn right. Follow Dickman Road all the way to the end and the Manatee Viewing Center will be on your left.
Travel South on U.S. 41. Continue to travel south on U.S. 41 going past Big Bend Road until you come to Apollo Beach Blvd (CVS on the right). Travel west on Apollo Beach Blvd until you come to Dickman Road (Apollo Beach Elementary School) and turn right. Follow Dickman Road all the way to the end and the Manatee Viewing Center will be on your left.
Take Interstate 75 to Apollo Beach, Exit #246. Turn west on Big Bend Road (C.R. 672). Travel 2.5 miles west to the curve intersection of Big Bend and Dickman roads, view map . The Manatee Viewing Center entrance is on the right. On an as-needed basis, overflow parking is available immediately to the south of the Manatee Viewing Center.
Note: For the safety of our guests and environment, smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Pets are not allowed, but service dogs are permitted. No drones, drugs or alcohol are allowed. The Manatee Viewing Center is ADA-compliant.
Tampa Electric takes great pride not only in providing sanctuary for the manatee at our Big Bend Power Station, but also in contributing to boater education and public awareness. The public is invited to learn more about conservation of manatees, coastal waterbirds and the ecosystem by visiting the Environmental Education Building at the Manatee Viewing Center.
During the winter season, the center offers an observation platform for visitors to observe manatees in the wild without disturbing them. Information is also available about our Big Bend Power Station.
990 Dickman Rd
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Season: November 1 through April 15
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; the wildlife observation tower and habitat trails close at 4 p.m. daily. We're closed all of Thanksgiving Day and close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Easter.
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