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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
Phone Number: +1 941-388-4441
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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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Great way to spend a few hours

Very nice Aquarium with well maintained tanks and a beautiful large tank with manatees. Good place to take the kids on a cloudy day and don't forget to visit the bird zoo across... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice Aquarium with well maintained tanks and a beautiful large tank with manatees. Good place to take the kids on a cloudy day and don't forget to visit the bird zoo across the street (not affiliated) but worth visiting.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing facility - highly recommend - not just your run-of-the-mill aquarium - truly exceptional! Some of our favorites were the sea horses , jellyfish, manatees, sea turtles - and so many exotic creatures we have never seen before. Well worth the trip!!!

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Thank southwestmom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visit at least three times a year. A great place to see manatees and turtles. There is something for everyone. My daughter likes the coral, I like the big sea turtles and manatees. Do not miss this.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were on Anna Marie Island for a week over Thanksgiving and the water was a little cold the first couple of days, so we decided to check out the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. It isn't the biggest aquarium I have ever been to, but we had a lot of fun. With kids from age 8 up to 15... More 

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Liberty, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Once you get passed the bored volunteers at the front desk and map station, all the staff and volunteers obviously loved their jobs. The animals are being treated for injuries/illnesses with the intent of release whenever possible. The interaction with humans is based in respect and admiration. A very impressive organization.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great visit for all ages. Go early to avoid crowds. Lovely aquarium with great shark teeth digging activity for younger kids (additional cost).

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Newark, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Fun to see manatees, river otters, sharks etc. save the manatees and otters (separate bldg) for last. Just enough to see without it feeling dragged out. All species were very active when we went the day after thanksgiving, which seemed unusual for an aquarium.

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Thank Rich B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend a half day here with your kids. They will love it and so will you. You will definitely learn something new...

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Casselberry, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mote Marine offers a hands-on, up close and insightful view of ocean and coastal species, their habitats and role in our ecosystem. Plus, it isn't just displays. Mote is an active, vital hub of marine research. It's a must for visitors to the Sarasota-Bradenton area and most excellent for families with young children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aquarium is nice but they have a couple of offers that stand out. The nature tour by pontoon in Sarasota Bay is the best. You see properties from the water you usually won't see. The waterside is the elaborate sire. They collect marine specimens on every trip to document and study. Common to see Sea Horses, Puffer Fish, Star... More 

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