Big Bend Power Station
Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center. 6990 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, Florida. Open November 1st through April 15th. FREE Admission and Parking. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Hanging Out In Big Bend’s Discharge Canal
A state and federally designated manatee sanctuary. Learn about manatees and its habitat. Learn about how the power station generates electricity for the community in an environmentally responsible way. Learn how the power station prepares and responds to major storms, especially hurricanes.
Those are not stones, but manatees!
Native & Coastal
Stroll along the tidal walk. Native and Coastal plant life. Butterfly gardens.
Like One BIG, GREEN Jungle!
Habitat Loop Trail
Check out natural Florida. Seeing the estuary below was a favorite of mine. On a clear day you can see all the way across Tampa Bay.
There is a boardwalk that takes you to the wildlife observation tower (50-foot-high vantage point). Climbing up to the tower is a commitment and for someone not scared of heights. The boardwalk was built to minimize the impact on the natural environment.
About a half-mile walk, so wear good walking shoes.
(Photos by RSheridan)