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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I love Manatees

This place is fun for all ages. We were a group of adults and found a lot to see and do. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike L
Weston, Florida
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Great experience

Great aquarium to visit. Informative staff at nearly every rank and exhibit. Ready and willing to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“sea turtles”(323 reviews)
“shark tank”(120 reviews)
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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 via mobile

This place is fun for all ages. We were a group of adults and found a lot to see and do. The Aquarium is set up to educate kids about wildlife but in a positive way without coming across preachy. The exhibits are both inside...More

Thank Mike L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great aquarium to visit. Informative staff at nearly every rank and exhibit. Ready and willing to answer any and all questions from the young children of 6 and 9 to the questions from myself at nearly 40. Highly recommended!

Thank inkedsteel765
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with a three year old and infant. Could go again when a little older and spend more than 2 hours there doing more activities. Was impressed by pools and variety of animals.

Thank Megan S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love salt water reef tanks even owned an 110 gal. tank. The Mote Laboratory is so much more than an aquarium...One building for fish and invertebrates and one for sea mammals and larger sea life...Huge sea turtles and manatees! The sea otters were cute and...More

Thank Richie B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We are frequent aquarium visitors in most cities we travel to and were happy to find the Mote. It's not tiny but not a big aquarium. Good for adults and children. Some exhibits outdoors (mostly covered) and split across 2 buildings that you have to...More

Thank johnfi
Reviewed 5 days ago

My first weekend after moving to Sarasota was spent at this aquarium - and I have been a few times since. I LOVED it! The animals are well cared for & there is a lot to see!

Thank Avery J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family really enjoyed the Mote. It is a clean and cared for location full of amazing animals! We loved watching the otters! The sharks and fish were swimming all around the tanks! The kids loved touching the stingrays! Affordable place with lots to see.

Thank Missi S
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a "Must See" for people of All Ages....Well worth the Admission and overall experience....Admission covers entrance into two huge buildings with open-air and inside numerous aquariums with amazing array of Sea Life Creatures. Additionally included is a Water and Land Bird Sanctuary with...More

Thank theadkinscentral2018
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been coming to Mote regularly for 14 years. Our youngest grandchildren now make this part of their Summer holiday with week long workshops educating them on life both above and under the sea. This was their third visit and they are excited to...More

Thank Stefano B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Moat marine laboratory and aquarium is a great experience for young and old alike It is a hands on experience that shows off the marine life found on the south west Florida coast we have had season passes there and continue to take our grandchildren...More

Thank danielcF7501BA
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12 February 2018|
Response from RckMtn12 | Reviewed this property |
No active duty only.
10 January 2018|
Response from Melissa 9 |
$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.