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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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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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I want to be a fish

Must visit! Great location and so very Family friendly. Learned a lot about the sea world. We have a great Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and this is close! Take family and enjoy!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chicago, United States
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Must visit! Great location and so very Family friendly. Learned a lot about the sea world. We have a great Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and this is close! Take family and enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Inexpensive. A good time. Educational and fun. I'm a full-time resident and encourage anyone to buy the annual pass. It's a great way to spend a few hours and the money goes to the research they do and helping to rehabilitate animals to be re-released into the wild.

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Thank Chet R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Haven't been to an aquarium in a long time but we were impressed with the facility. We arrived in time for the shark feeding which was interesting. The Manatee exhibit was fascinating as well as the historical audio. Definitely a must on your trip

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have worked at this venue several times & it is sooo awesome to visit or to have a celebration. Simply Gourmet does an excellent job. The new tiki hut over longing Sarasota bay is amazingly low price to host a small wedding or party. A must see for everyone.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was in Sarasota for the day, and had some extra time so took my fiance' here, as she had never been. It has been years since I went, so it was virtually new to both of us. Great improvements since I was there last! Every tank was beautiful, water was perfectly clear and the fish and corals were healthy and... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What an excellent laboratory and aquarium. The best feature was the fact that knowledgeable docents were by most exhibits to give you facts about that exhibit and answer your questions. There were lots of hands on items to interest kids. What a wonderful way to get children interested in marine life. I highly recommend a visit to Mote Marine Lab... More 

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Mote was a nice diversion from the somewhat crowded Long Boat Key area. The attraction was not crowded but then it is not a large location. We enjoyed the presentaion and exhibits avaiable. Given the open area we were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of some local wildlif, beyond what was actually a part of the Mote. The staff... More 

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Swansea, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This experience by far was truly a wonderful one. You can spend hours here gaining a wealth of information from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. The grounds are immaculate. A great experience for all ages. Great day trip for the price. I truly enjoyed seeing the octopus, up close was amazing. The peacock mantis shrimp in the bulletproof glass was... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every year we visit the Mote Marine and aquarium and have become members. There are 2 buildings so don't miss either.( across the street from each other ) The kids love to watch the manatees when they come up to glass wall. There is a new feature exhibit each season. At this time a new permanent exhibit was under construction.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised to find that Mote is an aquarium on a par with those in much larger cities. Excellent displays of a wide variety of sea life, displayed and described well. This impressive organization also does extensive research and conservation work.

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