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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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Don't bother with the aquarium just go on the boat trip

The aquarium was quite disappointing compared with others with one solitary dolphin on show and a manatee in a tank which looked way too small. Should they really be in captivity... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

The aquarium was quite disappointing compared with others with one solitary dolphin on show and a manatee in a tank which looked way too small. Should they really be in captivity. And it was expensive. But the boat trip was amazing with the girl talking the whole trip so knowledgeable and telling us everything in a really great way. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Our friends brought us to the Mote where we spent an enjoyable and educational afternoon looking at the various exhibits, talking to the knowledgeable and friendly docents and learning about the aquatic life inhabiting The Sarasota Bay Area. We viewed Buffet and Hugh the 2 resident manatees in their tank feasting on their food. We saw Moonshine, the resident dolphin,... More 

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Muskoka, Ontariio
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Lots to see and very educational. Take your time looking around. There is also a 50's style diner where you can grab a sandwich and a drink. Make sure you take your camera to snap shots of sharks, manatee, stingrays, transparent jelly fish, and beautifully coloured tropical fish. Make sure to cross the street for the dolphin show with their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The cooler weather created a need for a beach alternative and this was a fantastic find! There are touch pools, a ton of volunteers sharing knowledge if you take the time to ask questions. There is a dolphin, turtles, manatees, sting rays, and a ton of additional salt and fresh water fish. We spent about 3 hrs and the kids... More 

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Alpaca, Potosi, Bolivia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Zero enrichment, chlorinated pool with nothing to do. They were despondent and pitiful. They are close enough to smell their original ocean home but are stuck there. I wish they would just let them go.....how can they look at these things day in and out and keep them? It"s so obvious they"ve given up on their lives. It was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Fun place for all ages, lots of interesting things to see. Kinda pricey, but worth going at least once. We enjoyed ourselves, I would recommend it to anyone with kids

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Jackson's Point, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We visited as a couple and really enjoyed it - I can imagine it would be quite the treat for families with kids as well! Not too large, a variety of displays (some live specimens, some preserved) - Moonshine, the dolphin, is an absolute delight and we were so pleased we stayed for the little training session and got to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Attended a conference here. Staff were all great very accommodating. Catering after hours for the event was excellent. Collection is very good and educational. We'll worth a visit.

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Key Largo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

For a small aquarium it is very good. The exhibits are kept nice and the volunteer tour folks are great & very informative. Walking across the street to their second building you can watch them train a dolphin & view a large manatee. I was there with my grandson and he enjoyed it but went through fairly quickly. I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Sharks...big sharks! Tuna! Really, really fast ones! Weedy sea dragons, the most beautiful creatures in the world. All for the viewing at the Mote Marine Aquarium. Unique space for an aquarium, you're outdoors though shaded most of the time so all you feel are the breezes blowing. There's a touch pond, too. Horseshoe crabs, icky sea cucumbers...fun! There are sardines... More 

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