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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#5 of 144 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

We and our grand daughter have learn new things about marine life. Very interesting shark and fish feeding show. Thanks to the very friendly personnel.

Thank alain o
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We had a nice visit and were impressed at the dedicated people at the Mote. Very knowledgeable staff to answer question.

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Had a wonder time at the aquarium!! Lots of things to see! The staff here were so helpful and explained a lot about the marine life.

1  Thank Linda F
Reviewed 11 October 2016

they also have a great area where you can touch a tide pool and sting rays. place is clean and nice and very kid friendly

Thank Zipdoodah123
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed Mote Aquarium. It was a very educational experience with lots of information to read about the exhibits and plenty of staff available anxious to share added information as well, especially about the inhabitants with history or those whom they have rescued and...More

Thank carolyn O
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I enjoyed a great day at the aquarium and took a great eco tour with Breanna! Tour was just under 2 hours and we saw all parts of Sarasota Bay, beautiful coastal homes, and at the end of the tour the boat...More

3  Thank Kelsey S
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I really expected with the aquarium here at the ocean, for it to be much larger . Not that many exhibits and not worth the money we spent

2  Thank jdw102050
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We bought the Save our reefs license plate and I had looked up the cause being the Mote Marine lab. So glad we were in Sarasota to be able to visit. They do excellent work and you can't see the hospitals for turtles and other...More

1  Thank Natandjaan
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Took company from N.J. to see the aquarium. Everyone there is very knowledgeable and helpful. Exhibits are amazing. Lots of 'hands on' for kids to touch and feel. We saw a demonstration regarding training otters to fend for themselves. Large shark tank and manatee tank....More

Thank BHUG611
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We know this aquarium is trying.....they just aren't making it.....for example, there is a 2nd building where there are supposed to be otters and other sea life.....we were turned away while it was supposed to still be open on a Sunday PM....there were valet kids...More

1  Thank RickMIusa
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21 February 2017|
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Response from familytraveler81 | Reviewed this property |
there are two buildings to Mote - neither is huge with tons of exhibits, however it is very educational. If you are going to want to spend time reading and observing in the educational areas and want to participate in the... More
16 January 2017|
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Response from Timber238 | Reviewed this property |
$18.00 per person but well worth it. By car ,leave St Armands Circle and head for Longboat Key . Just prior to going over the causeway take a right and the Aquarium is on your right. It is well sign posted.
Marilyn B
25 June 2016|
Response from Elizabeth P | Reviewed this property |
We called the day before to reserve a spot for a boat tour. They took our names and said they would phone us if the tour was cancelled, weather, not enough people and such. I do not think they billed our credit card until... More