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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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+1 941-388-4441
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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It's a very interesting place to visit. Since you are so close to the place where most of these animals dwell

Very interesting place to visit. The only reason I don't give a better score is because of the location. I visited in Feb. and that area is over-run with snowbirds and the traffic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting place to visit. The only reason I don't give a better score is because of the location. I visited in Feb. and that area is over-run with snowbirds and the traffic is horrendous.

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Have been at the aquarium many times, we love to go and see what's new. If you are in town don't miss it!!! There is also a boat ride check it out!!

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great activity for the whole family. Allow yourself 3 hours or more. Photography allowed without flash. This is an educational institution. The sea turtles and manatees reside here because they were injuried and cannot be returned to the wild. The otters are orphans. No one is being "held against they're will" (& they're a blast to watch). The docents are... More 

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Riverview, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Would highly recommend. You can spend the entire day here. There's so much to see! Something for everyone to enjoy! A great place for families.

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Thank Vrj8789
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I cannot say enough nice things about this experience! does not matter if you are 3 or 103 you will find this an joy to visit! the staff and volunteers are kind, helpful and knowledgeable. The sea life is vast and pictures are easy to take. interaction with many of them make it a memorable day.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's not the biggest aquarium around, such as someone noting it doesn't equal Boston's, which it doesn't. It has a more educational bent to it, but that was nice to see, as to their at least indicating they're making a difference to the marine environment, such as re-seeding coral reefs. The exhibits were good, and it was enjoyable for all... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The octopus was in rare form the day the 4 of us went here. He is a total busy body. The staff was surprised he was out and about because he usually hides in his home. Talk about up close and personal! If you loved Finding Nemo and Finding Dory this is the place to be. Hank the octopus in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a pleasant surprise to see a variety of activities and options for visitors to enjoy. We toured the aquarium, but did not have time to go to the mammal building. Loved the octopus that put on a show in a tank we could touch. And the moon jellyfish were so graceful and interesting to watch. We added on the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this Aquarium with my adult sons and wife's. They were all surprised by the size and content. We all enjoyed the "touch" pools, where you could actually touch some of the aquatique creatures. The staff were well informed and pleasant to talk to. You will see manatees eating lettuce, sharks, sting rays and otters. You can easily spend... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So cute, had such a lovely time while learning a lot too. Especially loved seeing the sting rays because they were just as friendly as the staff, definitely worth a visit and would recommend to anyone especially to those with love for animals like me, dragged my parents with me and they ended up enjoying just as much, such an... More 

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