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!