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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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Great place for families.

This is a wonderful place to take your children as they have hands on that is very educational for kids as well as adults. Nice to see them feed Snootie the oldest Manatee in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Englewood FL
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Englewood FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful place to take your children as they have hands on that is very educational for kids as well as adults. Nice to see them feed Snootie the oldest Manatee in captivity as well

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to visit. Up close and personal with sting rays. Very informative and educational. Great staff and facility. I highly recommend this for all!

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Mansfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the aquarium! It was much larger than the ones we have here in Ohio. Very clean and the staff was helpful and more than willing to answer any questions we had

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I visit the Mote every time I am in Sarasota. This is NOT like a Sea World type aquarium. The marine life there is not trained to do tricks or other things they would not do in the wild.This is a marine rescue and rehabilitation facility. If their rescues can be released back to the wild, they are. If they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A relatively small but well laid out aquarium. The entrance cost is quite high but when you see the conservation work they do you don't mind paying it. Very clear exhibits, lots to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very good display of local aquatic life. Also great for kids because there are a couple of places where they can touch sting rays and other aquatic life. We all loved seeing the manatee, turtles and sharks.

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Family visit with kids and they all loved it. The kids especially enjoyed the up close views of the sea turtles and manatees. It is a smaller aquarium as many reviews mention - don't expect any dolphin shows. The value of the Mote is the many volunteers throughout the aquarium answering question and explaining the exhibits. Very informative. Can get... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The animals and attractions are incredible. We were there for several hours, and were able to pack a lunch on premises at the picnic tables they provide. We were able to see a shark feeding and a manatee feeding. We were disappointed by the fact that they no longer have dolphins, but it does sound that they are looking to... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We took our grandkids last week - and they and us had a wonderful time - so much to see and hear about - we will definitely be going back with our other grandkids when they come down to visit. Mote is a fabulous place - and everyone we talked to there was so informative. What a place - can't... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you want to get a feel of the local sea life in the Sarasota area waters and beyond you have to come to Mote. The sea life is incredible, Never dissapoints as I have been many times. Don't forget to visit the mammal house across the street from the main center and then go grab a good lunch near... More 

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Additional Information about Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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