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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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Great experience. Made us feel like kids again!

This place is an absolute must when visiting the Sarasota area. Remember it is first a functioning marine lab and second a tourist attraction. You are supporting a good cause... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Swindon, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visited the aquarium on a rainy day so it was very busy, car park was busy and road flooded! Some interesting parking! Interesting exhibits but it was expensive for a trip out. Give the cinema a skip the films are a little weird! We enjoyed our trip, it was a good place to visit in the rain. Find discount... More 

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This place is an absolute must when visiting the Sarasota area. Remember it is first a functioning marine lab and second a tourist attraction. You are supporting a good cause, learning a lot and, if you don't expect a SeaWorld type of experience, probably going to have a very pleasant, if not fun, experience. I highly recommend the boat tour... More 

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Joplin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The Aquarium is fine but taking one of the Marine Research boat rides is priceless. They take you out on a pontoon for a couple of hours and collect Sea Life. They catagorize and document it. Best part, they pass it around for you to see. Puffer Fish, Sea Horses, Fish, Star Fish, etc.

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Great educational and learning environment. Fun for both young and old to see the manatees and the sea turtles.

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North Port, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

With the dreary weather we've been having here I was looking for something for us to do to get out of the house. This was a great find. We were very impressed with the exhibits they had an I learned a lot about the differ marine life. What a fanatic job they do at preserving thing and helping to make... More 

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Kent, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Awesome! They do great things for the marine life that can't help themselves. It's good to see this. It may not look like much but it's a must see.

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Northern New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The volunteers here are fantastic! We visit once a year. For those of you looking for a large aquarium with numerous exhibits, this is not the place for you, and comparing Mote to a larger aquarium doesn't make much sense.

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Mote is one of the TOP attraction in the WORLD ! An absolute Family requirement if near - or in - Sarasota ! Can spend a day there. Boat trips are Photo ops and family entertainment !

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a nice time with the family at Mote Aquarium. Staff was very nice and helpful and exhibits were fun, especially where you could touch the sea creatures! Manatees were not available while we were there but overall nice experience.

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Longwood, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

drove over on the scenic highway from Bradenton ----Mote does a great thing here with their lab and aquarium so BIG and clean and well managed ---so much to see and when you are finally done here they have another place across the street and down aways ---long walk so we drove after we went to the cinema which was... 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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