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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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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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Amazing tour of all things ocean!

It was so amazing to see the sharks, rays, skates and little seahorses. They showed us a lab where they breed them and it was so sweet! There were some great displays and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so amazing to see the sharks, rays, skates and little seahorses. They showed us a lab where they breed them and it was so sweet! There were some great displays and the staff was wonderful!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mote Marine has been a favorite of mine for many years, and I visit once every year or two. Some has changed, some old favorites remain (like the jelly fish and petting ponds). "Your mileage may vary" depending on if you are with children (and their ages and interest level) and depending on your expectations. It's not very large, and... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This aquarium has been updated and has lots of interesting things for kids to look at. My kids loved the otters.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Sarasota visiting family we were taken to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for a morning activity. Although I thought the admission price was a bit high for what is available to see and do, I do believe it was certainly worth the time and money. It's not Sea World, but the primary purpose and mission of the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 2 year old and teenager were bored with this. Not much here for the price to get in. There are some cool things but not for little kids and not worth the drive in my opinion.

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Thank Vanessa S
Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mote is an excellent choice for families, including young children. We've taken our 3-year old grandson for two years; he's enjoyed being close to huge turtles, manatees and sharks. An option to include on your visit is one of the pontoon trips across the Bay past Bird Key. We've taken it twice and have seen dolphins up close. Somewhat pricey... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is splut into 2 buildings on opposite sides of the road. They both are pretty small, although they have some nice fishes and big amounts of seahorses that my wife adores. My young kids weren't to thrill about this place, only reason we went is my parents really wanted to take us there! As laboratory i guess they... More 

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Worthington, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took 3 daughters (15, 13, 10) to the aquarium. Great learning experience & fun. Easily could spend 3 hours exploring.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with my daughter for her birthday. We wish we could visit every day. The volunteers were so nice and very knowledgeable. Martha was especially good because she told my daughter so many facts about the green turtle that shares the manatee tank. Our visit really made my daughter's birthday special. Now she wants to be a marine biologist... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit with families, but adults enjoy it, too. Loved the manatees and the dolphins. Very informative about our wildlife.

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