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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 48 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: 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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Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The Mote is not only an attraction but is also a source of a great deal of research in marine biology. The displays are well done. There is always a plethora of volunteers to help with explanations of the exhibits. It is handy to St Armand's where you can get a good meal and to the beaches. Well worth the... More

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Jackson
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Good place for adults and kids to visit to see sea life. Call ahead to see what times the shows start to see them feed the fish and sharks.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Good way to spend a couple of hours. Some displays very good and interesting. Volunteers on hand with plenty of information. Would like to have seen the manatees from above and not just from underwater viewing area.

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Rochester NY
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The aquarium includes daily performances by the dolphins and their trainers and "toddler-friendly" hands-on exhibits as well as a fascinating permanent collection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I spent hours here just admiring the fish and watching the intricate jellyfish. The guides are very helpful and informative. It is a great place to stop by and relax.

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Nokomis, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We are members and go at least twice yearly, so it has been a favorite of ours, both to take our grandsons and to even attend some of the informative lectures they occasionally give in the evening. There are some great small indoor tanks with informative guides abundant, as well as some larger tanks outside. A short walk down the... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

They should be ashamed at Mote Marine keeping healthy turtles, manatees and one lonely dolphin in such appalling cramped and unnatural pools, why on earth are there any healthy animals kept in concrete ponds at all no wonder they are endangered, left me feeling sad and frankly depressed for those poor creatures desperately trying to escape their enclosures, two of... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is my fifth time to Mote with friends from out of town. Always enjoy the fish and the new exhibits. It is educational and fun.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A great place for adults and children, families and solo travelers. Staff are knowledgeable and willing to answer all questions. MOTE also offers unique events and experiences: Shark Feeding, Birthday Parties and even breakfast events. I highly recommend MOTE to anyone visiting the Sarasota area.

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Aylmer, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

My parents, in their 70's, and my sister and I (in our 40's) visited the Mote yesterday. It was super! The fish and coral and manatees,and teeny tiny seahorses were amazing! I have never seen a stingray get food...so fun! The volunteers and staff are incredible...they are everywhere and they know pretty much everything! So wonderful that it's a marine... More

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