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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Revisited 2014. Rainy day activity.

Revisited Mote with adult friends on a rainy day. Ample parking. Short walk along a clearly marked footpath to the entrance. In main facility ample fish tanks to peer into. Cute... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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southampton, england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Revisited Mote with adult friends on a rainy day. Ample parking. Short walk along a clearly marked footpath to the entrance. In main facility ample fish tanks to peer into. Cute seahorses, Moray eels and more. All exhibits clearly labelled and informative. Volunteers on hand to answer questions. Through a door are touch pools featuring sea urchins and other critters... More 

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Laguna Beach-sarasota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Hopefully, money is being spent wisely on research and rescue, because you can't see it in this facility. Admission price is steep, and should be counted as a donation, lest this place be seen as a "for profit" operation. Facility is in need of repair, and split location makes it cumbersome for wheel chair. Volunteer staff is very helpful and... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

So enjoyed our visit to Mote! The displays were wonderful and well labeled. It was nice that there was always a volunteer in the arts to answer any questions or provide a little extra insight. We really enjoyed the Shark Training session, the touch pool for the rays, and the Oh Baby displays!

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic day at Mote. Really enjoyed the shark feeding (go on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays in the morning, if you want to see this) and we also did the eco-boat tour in the afternoon and saw wild dolphins and the snouts of manatees, in the sarasota bay. A great day out.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

we enjoyed all the exhibits and learning more about marine life. the host near the exhibits were great. They have touch tanks but we did not try those. Maybe on our next visit. We had read about this place int eh Doc Ford novels

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A very interesting place to visit if you are close to Sarasota. It helps understand the richness of Florida Marine Life and ecosystems. Did you know there is a coral reef in Florida ? The turtles and mannattee section is very good. This is cost affordable @ 20$/pp moreover.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

My wife, daughter (18), and I visited the lab and aquarium in 2014 and again at the end of June 2015. I'm sure that we'll go again the next time we visit Sarasota. Our favorites are Hugh and Buffitt, the two manatees that live at the place. Large plate glass windows at the side of the tank allow visitors to... More 

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Watertown, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We had an amazing time at the Mote Marine! Make sure to go on the Eco boat tour! The food at the diner was yummy! As we were leaving we even got to see them bringing in an injured sea turtle. It was awesome to see this wonderful place at work!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the Mote a little concerned about past reviews, I'm not sure what aquarium they went to but this one is nice. Well maintained, tanks were clean and the grounds are well kept. They only had one exhibit that was closed due to the death of their dolphin.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a serene and wonderful adventure, couldn't be more pleased with this outstanding aquarium and destination. The property is large and spread out with plenty of experience filled, hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits to spend a great, informative and beautiful day. We walked through various aquatic environments, (plus a whole separate part of the park containing jungle birds!) sightseeing and... More 

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Additional Information about Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Address: 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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