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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#5 of 143 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
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 outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to take children to pass a few hours. The aquarium isn't very large and was not crowded when we went. There was a sea lion show and the kids took pics with the animals.

Thank Kdub74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a weekday in July and it was hot but the exhibits offered some areas with air conditioning. Educational and fun.

Thank Gina B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see if you like animals! The otters and manatees are super cute! We really enjoyed our time here!

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The aquarium is an excellent place for children. There is an assortment of very interesting sea creatures and this is an educational opportunity no child or adult should miss!

Thank BradyBear2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium is a good place to spend a couple of hours. There are a number of interesting exhibits of fish and other marine animals. The shark tank was cool to look into from the under water windows. There is a dedicated...More

Thank Travelswell4fun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to Mote for over 20 years! It is a wonderful aquarium with many educational programs as well. Perfect for kids and adults of all ages. Our favorite is of course the manatees. They have 2 of the most adorable manatees who...More

Thank Marisa141
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family including small children, teenagers, and seniors had a blast!! Every year we visit Mote. This year we opted for a special change and decided on the boat tour! We were able to see dolphins manatees and many beautiful birds! Snacks and drinks are...More

Thank Justin C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by Mote on a recent daytrip to Sarasota and wished we had more time to spend there! It was fabulous, and the volunteers and workers were so engaging, friendly, and informative. While we were only able to squeeze in about an hour of...More

Thank orlandogal22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time at the Mote Aquarium. We loved watching the Manatees and the Octopus the most. We came at lunch time so we got to watch the feedings. I'd suggest you check the feeding schedule as they are more active and fun...More

Thank Vik P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter wants to be aquatic vet so we like going to Marine centers. Mote has a shark exhibit that is pretty cool. Get there early so you can watch the sharks feed. Majority of exhibits are outside so it can get pretty hot. Everyone...More

Thank Kathy W
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22 February 2017|
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Response from familytraveler81 | Reviewed this property |
there are two buildings to Mote - neither is huge with tons of exhibits, however it is very educational. If you are going to want to spend time reading and observing in the educational areas and want to participate in the... More
17 January 2017|
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Response from Timber238 | Reviewed this property |
$18.00 per person but well worth it. By car ,leave St Armands Circle and head for Longboat Key . Just prior to going over the causeway take a right and the Aquarium is on your right. It is well sign posted.
Marilyn B
25 June 2016|
Response from Elizabeth P | Reviewed this property |
We called the day before to reserve a spot for a boat tour. They took our names and said they would phone us if the tour was cancelled, weather, not enough people and such. I do not think they billed our credit card until... More