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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Super Nice Way to Spend a Few Hours

First time visiting this aquarium. Very informative and the staff was friendly and involved with us... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lori P
Sarasota, Florida
Fascinating glimpse of marine life in Florida

My grandkids loved this!! The big manatees, the turtles, all the fish, touching critters in the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Huntley, United States
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  • Average7%
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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.
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed 2 days ago

First time visiting this aquarium. Very informative and the staff was friendly and involved with us without being overbearing. Always ready to answer questions and point out animals that we might have missed. Great for kids too.

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 2 days ago

My grandkids loved this!! The big manatees, the turtles, all the fish, touching critters in the touch pool. They ranged in age from 3 to 15. Something for everyone.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here for a lovely wedding, the food (cooked by Mote’s cafeteria), was outstanding! The exhibits were well thought out and educational, loved seeing the giant squid!

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were done shopping and happened to see the sign for Mote so we thought we would stop. I am so glad we did! We are from Toledo and we have a beautiful aquarium at The Toledo Zoo, but Mote is dedicated to research and...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Educational, interactive, and beautiful. This was a pleasant surprise for us. Manatees,otters,sea turtles, rays, sharks---they have it all. Knowledgable volunteers eager to share their knowledge. Definitely worth seeing.

Thank gzgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so impressed with the aquarium. Never expected it to be so good. Nice, modern exhibits. Try the Diner there too!

Thank cantwaittotravel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Living in the Fort Myers/Naples area we have no aquariums, which I don’t get so looking at other cities I found Sarasota’s Mote and the great reviews did not disappoint. Had already been to Tampa’s aquarium, which is awesome but pricey. We spent three hours...More

Thank Angel D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium as I wanted to see Manatees on this trip to Florida, but because of the red tide seeing them in the Wild was extremely unlikely. The aquarium have 2 manatees and it’s worth visiting for that alone! Majority of the staff...More

Thank Georgie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When our grandkids come for a visit one of the first things they ask is, are we going to Mote? Great exhibits along with many hands on areas. Manatees, turtles and otters are a must see. Had the best sundaes ever at the snack bar...More

Thank jjr21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to some of the premier aquariums across the country and this is a similar experience. Nice exhibits, entry of room and they have sea turtles! Definitely recommend.

Thank Dan T
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February 11, 2018|
Response from RckMtn12 | Reviewed this property |
No active duty only.
January 10, 2018|
Response from Melissa 9 |
$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.