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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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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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It's a great way to spend the day with the family. Had a blast last year at their Halloween adventure.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

It's a great way to spend the day with the family. Had a blast last year at their Halloween adventure.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed seeing all the animals but were not as impressed as we thought we would be. We were a little disappointed as when we went the penguins were not there yet. But all in all a nice day.

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Austin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I have heard of this place for some time. I know they do rescues and meaningful research. But the displays are old fashioned and sad. There were about twenty medium sized fish, circling frantically in a medium sized cylinder. The large sea turtle was all alone in a medium sized tank. And the manatee was all alone with nothing to... More 

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Iowa Park, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If you go on a hot day be aware there is a lot of walking involved. I would have appreciated if they suggested we drive and park at the second building. Also part of the aquarium is outdoors. Really nice volunteers. The "o baby" exhibit seemed a little over rated. The videos on the big screen in the theater room... More 

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Olathe, Kansas, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to get a look at all the help being done for marine life. I have never seen a manatee in the waters around Tampa yet but its nice to see them at the aquarium/laboratory. Great place to take the kids!

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Rodeo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Such amazing place to see one of my favorite animals,the manatee. Turtles live here too. Its a very cool place to learn about these amazing creatures and spend some hours. I dont recall how much it was to get in. But we had a great time there!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great afternoon of viewing and learning. Take as long as you want and view at your own pace. We became members we enjoyed it so much.

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Derby, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went on the offered boat tour and I highly recommend it! It was very informative and lots of fun! The throw nets off of the back of the boat to see what we could catch. We found puffer fish, seahorses and more! The aquarium is also very good! We really enjoyed seeing the sea life and all the baby... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Mote is a small facility but has such a lot to offer. I've been coming here since I was a young girl. My dad, aged 92, has been a volunteer here over 17 years. It's great for kids because they really get to be close to the sea animals. It has a homey feel unlike the big city aquariums. Seeing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I love Mote Marine because what it represents to our community. So much research and help to local animals and creatures. Its a pleasure to see animals in treatment being nursed back to health. Although some prortions of the aquarium need updating, the focus is never lost. Gem in the community.

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