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Mote Marine Laboratory

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441
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Ranked #15 of 88 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Perfectly sized facility so as not to overwhelm even the most reluctant "museum" goer. The staff was soooo helpful, friendly and knew just when to approach us with information and when to back off. I've never been to a facility with such impressive volunteers as these. You can tell they love being there to offer assistance. Super excited to see... More

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Ocoee, Florida
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124 reviews 124 reviews
37 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

One of our main stops in Sarasota, love the aquariums which are always clean and well maintained. Seeing the sea turtles so close up is very cool too.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

From the moment a volunteer greets you at the curb, this place entertains with genuine charm found in very few places. Kind of hard to find, once there budget enough time to see all Mote has to offer. Feel the enthusiasm from volunteers and paid professionals alike. Ask questions, have fun learning and be sure to bring the kids along... More

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Pennsylvania, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Mote Marine Laboratory is a nice place to take the kids while visiting Sarasota. It may be smaller than what we are accustomed to since Baltimore Inner Harbor is close to us, but it is definitely worth the time to visit. A good value for the cost of entrance.

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Bradenton, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place is awesome...they have many species of fish to view...the best part are the sea creatures they rescue and take care of when they find them sick or injured...nice day for the family!

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Englewood, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Good for families. Not too large to be overwhelming for your children. Focuses on local sea life. Is both educational and fun.

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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth the time and entrance fee to support important research work. Educational, interesting and fun. Hands-on "petting pond" for the kids. Eco-Boat tours, kayaking, shark habitat, dolphins, reef aquarium and my favorite -- beautiful iridescent jellyfish.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great for kids of all ages, see Manatees, there is a touch pool with sea urchins, sand dollars, starfish, etc. & learn about all types of marine wildlife.

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Miami, Florida
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55 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is included with the aquarium. It is earlier to drive over to this separate facility ESP. In 98 degree heat.

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Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I absolutely LOVED Mote Marine. This trip would be good for any age. (Stroller friendly and mobility accessible) Mote allows you to see ocean life up close and personal. They have beautifully decorated exhibits as well as well educated employees and volunteers who are always in sight that can answer questions or give fun facts about each display. From sea... More

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