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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Science & Nature Hand In Hand

Not the typical marine attraction, Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium is a wonderful balance o' wildlife from rivers & oceans - and the learned folks who protect and heal them! A perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Not the typical marine attraction, Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium is a wonderful balance o' wildlife from rivers & oceans - and the learned folks who protect and heal them! A perfect place to learn about aquatic species in the area: sharks (which is how it all started 60 years ago), manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, skates and more.... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful afternoon with family visiting us from out of State. The kids loved their visit and were constantly talking about the great experience they had at MOTE

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Mote has something for everyone. It's interactive, informative and they have special exhibits that change so you won't always see the same things when you visit. Their volunteers are knowledgeable and it's a wonderful way to spend part of the day. There is a little bit of a walk from the main building over to see the Manatees and others... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We all really enjoyed our visit to Mote marine. The staff/volunteers were all very knowledgable about the exhibits and very willing to discuss the animals and operations. The sea turtle exhibit was fantastic and there were lots of other interesting sea life to see and learn about. There were touch tanks for kids to get some hands on time which... More 

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warsaw, IN
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Loved the visit. The staff was very informative. I loved the baby room. If you go after 3:30 the tickets can be used the next day. Spent more time in the first part of the exhibit.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Though small they have a very immense and knowledgeable staff. It was a much longer walk than anticipated between the main building and the mammal building, which is not air conditioned as much, however they do great work there. They really need the visitation and donations to fund their rehabilitation program. When we went there they had 15 animals they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is wonderful to visit the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. It is educational and a great place to visit no matter what the age. I loved seeing the Manatees. The volunteers are always ready to help you out.

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Rotonda West, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A lot of different species of fish and sea creatures. Nice afternoon for a family or a couple. Manatees, turtles, dolphin and sharks it's a educational and informational experience that is benefitting the community .

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It was a day that was rather gloomy outside but wow did that change when we entered the MOTE MARINE. It was brilliant and alive with color when we saw all that beautiful sea life inside. It was most enjoyable and don't forget to observed the hospital across the street for rehabilitation of turtles, and injured Manatee. Very special experience... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is an awesome, working aquarium with baby sea horses in each stage of growth, sting rays you can touch and the best sensory table anywhere with sea pencils, cucumber urchins, star fish and other creatures to touch. It is not a typical, commercialized aquarium. The volunteers who work there are simply fabulous, many retired sea life professionals. The shows... More 

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