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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441
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Ranked #8 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many...
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
Useful Information: Activities for young children

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Branson, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Visited Mote Marine with some young friends on my recent visit to Sarasota. The children enjoyed the various touch-pools where they could get up close to the fish, as well as searching for sharks' teeth. We appreciated the various displays that were kid-friendly. Watching the dolphin training was also a treat!

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Holmes Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you need a great day trip for your g-kids, this is the place to take them. It's not so large that they lose interest, yet it offers a great deal. If yours are like ours, we made it through the aquarium portion and over to the dolphin training center just before they (and their grandparents) ran out of gas.... More 

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Chesterton, Indiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Admittedly, being from Chicago, we have the magnificent Shedd Aquarium. Yet despite this bias, the Mote failed to impress. The exhibits were small, with little education offered. Tanks were small (that poor sting ray!). Everything from range maps written instead of depicted, to scrolling screens meaning you had to wait to find your animal instead of them all depicted in... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Mote is a facinating place with good folks doing great work. A walk through is well worth the price of admission.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

So interesting and doing good work. Loved the seahorses. The people are so dedicated to the animals. Always something new to see.

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Charleston, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I visited the Mote Marine on a foggy day at the beach and were pleasantly surprised. The staff was so friendly and very informative. We loved the aquarium and also enjoyed seeing the dolphin and manatee. The onsite café also served up a delicious Mahi Mahi sandwich and my husband said the French fries were the best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Mote Marine was a educational experience for me. The tanks were clean and well maintained. you have a great view of the animals and the information about them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

One can never run out of good things to say about Mote Research Laboratory and Aquarium! There's always something new to see and learn about from the dedicated staff and volunteers who are always ready to answer your questions and guide you to some new discoveries. Love this organization! So well worth it to purchase a yearly membership if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went with husband and 12 yr old son. We really enjoyed our visit. Its not your typical big aquarium so if that is what you are expecting you may be disappointed. This is a smaller aquarium that educates and informs. What I liked best were the volunteers who would patiently and kindly explain things to visitors. There are several buildings... More 

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Rotonda West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

I visited here on November 20th with my family and my fiancee, and I really enjoyed it. The animals were all in clear view, and all looked healthy and happy, and I enjoyed the dolphin exhibit especially. They even have stingrays that you can touch, and a nice little diner set up like one you'd find in the 50's or... More 

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