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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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Great way to see sea turtles up close!

If you want to see a sea turtle up close and personal, Mote is the best place to go! There is a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kal_C
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Birmingham
Fun afternoon

Our boys love aquariums and fishing so this trip to Mote was right up our alley. It's a smaller... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ksneed2
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Fairmount, Indiana
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles” (318 reviews)
“shark tank” (117 reviews)
“touch tank” (66 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed yesterday

If you want to see a sea turtle up close and personal, Mote is the best place to go! There is a training time where the staff feeds the turtles and then the turtles can swim to individual markers for rewards. The other exhibits are...More

Thank Kal_C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our boys love aquariums and fishing so this trip to Mote was right up our alley. It's a smaller aquarium but great for a couple hours of fun.

Thank ksneed2
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful research facility! Our family was very impressed. It was better than the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. More to see and touch and conveniently located on an island near shopping, food, and the beach! The perfect family activity. We will be back :)

Thank Naomi V
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Though a nice place to visit to beat the heat, it was all and all quite small and uninspiring.I expected more and was disappointed. Both of the aquariums I visited in Tennessee were much larger and better equipped. The two highlights of our visit were...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The facility is small, so you probably won't spend but 2-3 hours there, at most; however, your dollars go to supporting their efforts to protect marine life from corals to manatees. You'll see gigantic lobsters, a Moray Eel, jellyfish, seahorses, turtles--large and small, fish and...More

Thank Annette H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

With 2/3 of the world water and most of it unexplored you must understand that the oceans are for you. Even if your not an water worshiper take your kids to see the sights.

Thank VoyagerJeff
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is such an amazing facility, and an experience you should take time to do on your visit to the area. If you are a local and haven't been here - please make time to go and see the wonderful things that Mote does for...More

Thank Cindy H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It has been a few years since I have been to the Mote Laboratory. It has grown! Family was in town and off we went with the kids for a fun and informative morning. As always the kids love the live tanks, where they can...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Being interested in marine mammals and marine life, I found Mote to be interesting and informative. There is a wide variety of marine mammals and marine life with information provided for all exhibits. Worth the visit!

Thank Paulette H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised how much there was to see there and how big the building was. Aquarium after aquarium with all sorts of sea creatures. A few tanks where the kids can actually touch star fish etc. there is another building with sea otters...More

Thank tk
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$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.
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