After a relaxing Sunday morning and a yummy breakfast, my family and I headed to church and enjoyed an uplifting service before heading out to see manatees at Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center.

Manatee Viewing Center

With Mom and Dad

Mom and Sister in the Mangroves

The viewing center was located in Apollo Beach near the Big Bend Power Station.

Big Bend Power Station

The manatees gather near the power station during the colder months because the waters are warm due to discharge from the station. There were literally hundreds of manatees in the canal.

Lots o' Manatees

Sea Cows

Mama and Baby Manatee

The manatees were so neat! We were really surprised how many people came out to see them. The viewing center was slammed!


After a family fun day with the manatees, we headed over to Kojack’s, a BBQ restaurant in South Tampa.


I love hole-in-the-wall restaurants that serve the best food… Kojak’s is that kinda place!

I ordered the quarter chicken with cole slaw and baked beans.

BBQ Chicken Plate

It was moist and delicious. My mom also gave me a couple nubbles off her rib plate, which was also delicious.

My family and I joked that today felt like a daycation. It felt nice to get out and do a touristy activity together and enjoy quality, local food!

5 Responses

  1. Looks like a fun day with family! I love hole in the wall places. They are the best!! 🙂

  2. Awww – lovely pics!
    I´m sure you´ve all had an amazing day 🙂
    Have a terrific week, Julie!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  3. Ahh! My family has a house on the bay in Apollo Beach right down the street from where you were- I grew up about 15 minutes away 🙂 My aunt counted 16 manatees from the dock last week! Between the Strawberry Festival and manatees, spring makes me so homesick, ha!

  4. Hi Julie! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I must say you are adorable!

    Oh the manatees are some of the cutest animals ever! They just eat and roll around in the water all day- how can you go wrong with that??

  5. OMG if you want good BBQ in Orlando you have to go to Keller’s! It’s amazing…in fact it has been way too long since we’ve gone!

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