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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441
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Ranked #11 of 89 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

First, it is so easy to get to from Sarasota. Cross the bridge and follow the signs. Easy parking, well marked signage, and lots of knowledgeable volunteers that know the place well. This is not an amusement park, but a rescue and research facility. They are big on public education and provide a great experience that raises money to help... More

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Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This attraction is spread over two buildings. The one contain the aquarium with a varity of fish, sharks, and stingways. If you visted in the past some attraction have removed an d other renovated.The interactive theather is currently be replaced with a diarama. The second building contains a sea turte dispaly, manatee and dolphin display. If you time your vist... More

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Be sure to get there to take the boat trip, which lasts about 2 hours - it's a wonderful way to see the bay. Besides seeing the bay animals including dolphins, you'll see a rookery and stop at a small island for a short nature walk. On the way back, the crew brings in a net full of animals from... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Mote Museum is a wonderful place to visit. It has tanks filled with exotic fish including Sharks, Manatees, Dolphins etc. If you haven't been there please go. Perfect place to bring your visitors

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Destin, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

They do great work here - and it is worth the trip to just support their efforts - The staff is great about being available to answer question - it is educational.

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Clermont, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Mote isn't as large as some of the mega aquariums, like in Tampa, but it is still very nice. There are a lot of exhibits, large sharks (the feedings are entertaining), sea turtles, manatees, and rays to pet. The best part, for us, is the local conservation work that Mote is involved in. It makes the admission price feel as... More

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Ft Myers Beach, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

We have visited several aquatic research exhibits and The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a fantastic deal for the price. At $20 a person (before coupon and children price) is a great way to spend an hour or two. They have lots of tanks with different aquatic species that are not seen on any fishing our tour boat adventures.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have been several times on visits with family in Sarasota. A wonderful little place that does great work with Manatees.

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Erving, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Small in comparison to others. We were disappointed in the lack of knowledge of some of the staff we encountered. However it was late in the day and maybe they were tired. We did try to go on the boat excursion, but they didn't have enough signed up for the 4pm trip. That might have made a difference. I would... More

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went to check out Mote Marine as he went here all the time as a child. While we had a lot of fun, it is definitely more geared towards an educational experience for children. That said, the rescued baby sea turtles were adorable!!

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