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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Bigger than I thought it would be.

We took our teenagers (16,16,13) to this aquarium late in the afternoon. We arrived around 2:30... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Saint Louis, Missouri
Huge facility, lots to see

This place is massive-2 buildings! There was so much to see that it took us 3 hours to simply walk... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Columbus, Ohio
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Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed yesterday

We took our teenagers (16,16,13) to this aquarium late in the afternoon. We arrived around 2:30. The parking lot was only half full and we didn't have to wait to buy tickets. $24 a person (13 and older) seems a little steep but there is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lathby
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is massive-2 buildings! There was so much to see that it took us 3 hours to simply walk by every display. It was also extremely crowded the day we went. Parking was very difficult and many of the patrons in the lot were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s a nice place for interactive fun about sea life. Glad to see the dolphins are not there anymore. Volunteers are very helpful and knowledgeable.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Roadiecpl
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went and were so impressed that we bought season membership. Great facility for a city this size with a friendly and helpful staff. Ample parking and great for people of all ages.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rockydogz1
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was a very interesting and from what I’ve heard, a controversial place. They save sea creatures and have a beautiful array of exhibits. We had a guided tour which made a big difference in our experience. I would highly recommend that. The tanks are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Nicolaspicklebe
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I started my trip with the Sea Life boat tour. Very informative. The Aquarium had a wonderful variety of sea life. I found the jellyfish strangely mesmerizing. I could also watch the sharks swimming in the tank for hours. There were people of all ages...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank glasschickjax
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful place to learn and touch marine life! I particularly don't like to see any animal confined in aquariums or zoos. But Mote Marine treats them when they are sick and it is really a school where you can learn and touch marine shelves ,stingrays,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mariachristina809
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved watching the otters swim and play. We also saw the manatees being fed. The boat ride did not present any dolphin or manatee viewing but it is informational with beautiful views. A great experience for visitors and residents alike.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank theskoop
Reviewed 6 days ago

Whether you have children or not, the Mote Marine Laboratory is a wonderful place to explore all types of marine life. The fish, jellyfish, sharks and manatees are so interesting to watch. You can also see alligators and watch the sea otters play in their...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank flutist1
Reviewed 6 days ago

As a Floridian, I have been to many, many, many aquariums. I had never been here, and now it is one of my favorites. At first I thought it was pricey (you can also Google a coupon for it easily - I did so while...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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24 February 2019|
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Response from Susan S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can even though it is a smaller aquarium. They have feeding scheduled from 11 am through 3 I believe. You can interact with the people who feed and care with the turtles, sharks, and manatees.
9 December 2018|
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Response from 836sarahm | Reviewed this property |
There is not a live dolphin show. This is more of a museum/aquarium, geared towards education more than entertainment. I would highly recommend seeing it over something like Seaworld!
28 March 2018|
Response from Familycrazy | Reviewed this property |
I know this answer is super late. I didn't even know I had an inbox let alone that someone could post questions. However I have no idea. I was just visiting and we walked from our hotel. It was about a mile and a half for... More