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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon...

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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Good entertainment, 2 to 3 hours visit

Very nice small facility, they had a nice things to look at, there was a few volunteers that very helpful. Overall selection is worth a trip for 2 or 3 hours of entertainment. We... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice small facility, they had a nice things to look at, there was a few volunteers that very helpful. Overall selection is worth a trip for 2 or 3 hours of entertainment. We drive from Naples FL to Sarasota, it was a little over 2 hours drive so all good but would I make a long trip to visit... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can't believe this place is not the #1 attraction...it is wonderful!!!! My favorites were the octopus, manatees and sea horses. The octopus is super entertaining with his constant movement, color changes and fascinating body. I could have watched him all day! I love manatees and enjoyed watching the pair, especially when one played with the blind green sea turtle.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love the Mote Aquarium. The manatees are a favorite but there is much to see and learn about. They raise seahorses for other aquariums and have injured turtles they have rescued.

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Thank dianaK52
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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Every year we visit the Mote Aquarium. It has become an annual tradition. It is not a huge aquarium, but we love it. We typically spend 2-3 hours there. The stingray touch tank is great. The volunteers are very nice and are always willing to share their knowledge. There are two separate building a short distance from one another, each... More 

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Spent a wonderful few hours here today with the tiny 2 week old seahorses and the manatees being the definite highlight. The touch and feel areas were also great. Really worth the visit and great for young and old.

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Thank Sheryn J
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The docents at Mote make every area delightful and educational. Their extra information adds to the winder of all the sea creatures. Mote is primarily a research lab, involved in everything from finding new cures to replenishing coral reefs. The Aquarium boasts a complete Giant Squid specimen, octopus and cuttlefish, huge shark tank, corals and convict fish you may not... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited this aquarium twice, with my last visit during November of last year. It is really nice, and has great exhibits. It is well worth your time to visit! ENJOY! The animals are beautiful!

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Thank Connie H
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to take the kids on a quick day trip and ended up at the Mote Marine Laboratory. There was not much going on, but I found the exhibits to be educational, and the kids loved it. The new area, with the otters and alligators was very nice, and had only recently opened. The staff was friendly and the... More 

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Murphysboro, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've been here three times and have never been disappointed. It's a great place to be both entertained and educated about the sea. Recommend taking the Sarasota Bay Explorers pontoon cruise; it's a great way to see more of the area as well as learn about what lives in the Bay. Having a Marine Biologist serve as tour guide really... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sea turtles, manatee, and otters oh my!! Even an OCTOPUS!! A marine animal lover's dream. The set up is kind of weird with 2 separate buildings across the street from each other, but worth the small walk. Very affordable and worth the money.

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