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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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did not do the aquarium, probably should have. ride was enjoyable learned a lot and walked around an island

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 February 2016
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Boston, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

This is a small aquarium (and nearby manatee pool) that is a good place to take kids when the weather is inclement. For those who have visited large aquariums in major cities, you may be disappointed, so manage your expectations accordingly.

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

Spent a couple of hours there when it was raining and it kept the kids entertained. A little bit run down, but not really expensive either, as far as museums go.

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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

did not do the aquarium, probably should have. ride was enjoyable learned a lot and walked around an island

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Cedar Rapids, IA
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71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

We felt this aquarium was overpriced for what you got. Not a ton of traditional tank exhibits. Most of aquarium is outside under cover. The sea turtles and manatees are down the block across the street. Not great if it is raining, as streets and parking lots flood easily and we got soaked. Also, they do not tell you to... More 

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Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

The variety of displays makes this an excellent half-day adventure. We look forward to returning to see the otter exhibit that's coming soon.

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Angola, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Had a wonderful time visiting the Aquarium with my 8 yr old grandson. The exhibits are amazing and awed both of us. Even though it was crowded, the flow of traffic moved quite easily. All of the volunteers were friendly and informative. Fun for the whole family!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

We live in Florida in the winter and had our kids and grand kids visiting.Took them to Mote museum at suggestion of friend.Really enjoyed it Tom Norton our guide was wonderful!

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Wheeling, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Great for young and old alike! The manatees, turtles, touch tank and more are fabulous plus they rescue and educate! Please support this great place!

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

the aquarium alone wont be enough you go about it in about 1hr, I went on the boat trip around the bay and that made it worth it! that was pretty cool you get to birds, and if you are lucky as I was even dolphins. I would recommend spending the little extra and taking the tour, the aquarium alone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

This is a perfect aquarium to visit with family. Our 6 and 9 year old loved every part including the fish tank displays, turtles, manatees, and of course the hands-on ray tank. Mom and dad loved it too!

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