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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
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Ranked #8 of 55 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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Muskoka, Ontariio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Oconomowoc
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Chicago
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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NC
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139 reviews 139 reviews
25 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Took a kayak tour with Mote Marine, led by a guide. Toured around the mangrove swamps, picked up lots of information. Children spotted birds and jelly fish and loved paddling the kayak Getting stuck in the mangrove roots was all part of the fun experience! Great for kids as they can share the kayak. Would recommend for family trips.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Nice local attraction-even for adults Many reviews considered this aquarium as not good enough.... Yes, it is a local attraction which means it is not one of the large new showcast buildings built to make big money and attracting thousands of tourists. Still, this is a place where you get to see a manatee. They are in my opinion a... More 

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