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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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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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“sea turtles” (304 reviews)
“shark tank” (108 reviews)
“touch tank” (60 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

We have lived in Sarasota for 15 years, and are proud members of Mote Marine for all that time. Our kids have grown up here (they are now 11 and 13), and despite the crazy number of times we have been here, they never complain...More

Thank jen h
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

My grandson walked in , ran to a fish tank and shouted AWesome! Mote is Educational ... but not pedantic. Marine biologists are At work, animals obviously their focus and concern. Grandson talked to a woman worker who explained "math and science" if you want...More

Thank Joanne R
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Mote is located at Lido Key which means that a combination with the beatiful Lido Key beaches is very much doable. We spent 2 hours at Mote with our 2-year-old boy and had a great time. Importantly, the aquarium is just a part of the...More

Thank LCH1976
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Located just off St. Armand's this aquarium is a worthwhile stop. Well done exhibits on all facets of sea life. Shark training on selected days. By the way this is a 501 (c) 3 charity. The whole family will enjoy what is found at this...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Very informative and lots of marine wildlife. Great place to visit. The otters were hilarious and the shark feeding was pretty cool.

Thank TSPutt
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Aquaria are like zoos to me! Seeing lots of animals in a place actively involved in conservation is a big plus for me. Mote is just such a facility. Easy parking and well laid out exhibits plus lots of knowledgeable volunteers who love explaining to...More

Thank sgdh
Reviewed 1 May 2017

My brother liked the otters the best. I think the manatees swimming with the huge turtle was my favorite. We also enjoyed the sharks, the numerous coral reef exhibits, the touchable water creatures, the caimans/alligators and the ponds with the water lilies. The volunteers were...More

Thank Jan J
Reviewed 28 April 2017

My mom and dad first took me here when I was young. Since then, I have taken my kids with the same results. Its a wonderful place to visit and learn about the sea life in the area. Spent the better half of the day...More

Thank bandit153
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Great place to see, interesting to see the care they give the animals, have seen staff on beach checking for turtles also Bird sanctuary is wonderful, bird being looked after well!

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic wildlife and many helpful volunteers. Clean and mobility-challenged friendly. Be ready for some walking as it is spread over a large complex. The focus is sustainability and planet stewardship.

Thank Chris C
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27 September 2017|
Response from Darren H | Reviewed this property |
yes, if your little one likes looking at fish in tanks. there are plenty to see. would need to have a decent concentration span as it is quite a large site.
Daisy T
27 August 2017|
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Response from wlfrdbrgss | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is one and you can get a super picture with the manatee if you are lucky
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