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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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A good aquarium over several buildings. It is a working research facility and you can see some of that, too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

A good aquarium over several buildings. It is a working research facility and you can see some of that, too.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Come to Mote with the expectation of learning about sea life, particularly that of Florida, rather than seeing shows. Then the Mote, a non-profit cutting edge institution, will not disappoint. Most of the people you will see will volunteers eager to help but with varying levels of skill. These volunteers alliw Mote to spend funds from your admission fee, grants... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This place is old sort of run down.Not my ideal place. I heard there may be a New Mote Marine built next to the Ritz Carlton.That will be a great location and a chance for the Mote to rebrand its self.

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Napier
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

All very laudable and perhaps educational but rather old fashioned and over priced unless you are really into fish. Two Manatees which are a bit shy, a couple of turtles and no Dolphins other than the rather dull aquarium. OK as time filler but not worth a special journey.

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Lakewood Ranch
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The Mote Marine has always been a beautifully balanced display of education, rehabilitation and inspiration. An new expanded area over the turtles and manatees has spectacular displays. The interactive video is crowded so it's best to pace your time and get in early. Close up exhibits, dedicated volunteers, clean and value priced. A great place for a few hours,

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

It is like any other aquarium but I did get the more intimate feeling other reviews mentioned. There are volunteers everywhere anxiously waiting to answer any of your questions. All the animals there are what you would see anywhere else. Although, they do have manatees which are not to popular outside of Florida. The price is reasonably and kid friendly.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I was taken here for a birthday outing. It was ok, I found it to be overrated the aquariums are nice and clean, but nothing special. I found the tank that hold the large sea turtles and manatees are to small. The dolphin tank was sad in my opinion. He was there by himself and hardly moved, didn't swim much.... More 

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New York City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Not 'worth a detour' but an interesting way to spend an hour or two. Sad to see some large fish in such small tanks, but these are apparently rescue animals unable to be returned to the sea. Had never seen a manatee up close, or able to touch a turtle, and there were some beautiful ocean fish, a tank of... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We went with high hopes but we're a bit disappointed. The main building with the aquarium was very good. Volunteers were helpful and the exhibits of all kinds of fish and Information was well displayed. The mammal building was depressing. The dolphin show was closed because the dolphin died. There were 2 manatees and one sea turtle swimming in a... More 

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Auburn, Maine
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Great place for adults and children. I took my 8 year old grandson who was visiting from up north and he loved it. His favorite was the large green eel and the jelly fish. He also loved being able to touch the cucumber fish and baby sharks, etc. Great educational trip!

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