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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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As featured in 3 Days in Sarasota and 2 other guides
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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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Great day for the Mote

Not a great beach day so we headed to the Mote marine and what a great place it was. We really enjoyed the sea turtle section. All the volunteers are very informative. A must visit

Reviewed 5 August 2016
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West Nyack, New York
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Not a great beach day so we headed to the Mote marine and what a great place it was. We really enjoyed the sea turtle section. All the volunteers are very informative. A must visit

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Rochelle
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

There is a wide range of water creatures to look at. There were lots of staff around with information about what you were looking at. The tanks were clean and easy to see into. There were several spots to touch real sea animals such as sharks, sting rays, star fish, sea urchins, etc. They have a great new otter exhibit... More 

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Euless, Texas
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I took a trip to Sarasota, Florida and the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium was one of the main attractions on our list. And boy did it deliver! The amount of live fish and other underwater creatures was spectacular and the fact that we were able to watch the sea turtles being fed was a huge plus... More 

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Venice, Florida
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This was a great day out! There is so much to see and something for everyone. Whether you like sea turtles, manatees, otters, sharks or any other sea life, you will find it at Mote. The "baby" exhibit is a must.

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Thank gymrats2016
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Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I went with my husband and we had an excellent time. I loved the manatees and the otters! Lots of exhibits and lots of interesting info!

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Havant, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Great experience - always see something or learn something new each visit Loved the baby turtles in the tank especially that they were identifiable with their lettered shells so you knew the story behind them. Sorry to see the dolphin tank no longer there - replaced by red otters partly ( need to sort that part quickly as it was... More 

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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Been there several times never a let down, a wide variety of sea life -the kids enjoyed the manatees and sea otters-the nursery is always a hit! Make sure when visiting to put this on your list!!!

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Thank Carrie P
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

For a research driven aquarium, Mote has a great variety of sea animals/exhibits! It's great for kids (three 'touch tanks'), and adults alike!

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Thank Catherine N
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We live locally and love going to Mote often. My son is a huge fan of the stingray touch tank. We are members and find it is a wonderful way to spend a couple hours or the day. You can go through at your own pace and there is something for everyone. Make sure you go across the street to... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

For the last couple years we have wanted to go here and finally did. We took our 2 young daughters and our exchange student and another , both from Spain to the aquarium. Glad we did. The place is not big but packed with many local species as well as other fish. The tanks are clean, full of creatures and... More 

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