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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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More is an exceptionally educational and entertaining tour. When you visit take time to speak with the many docents are very knowlegeable and friendly. The many sea creatures on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

More is an exceptionally educational and entertaining tour. When you visit take time to speak with the many docents are very knowlegeable and friendly. The many sea creatures on exhibit are interesting and beautiful.

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Plenty of aquatic animal to view and discover at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. We also took the water cruise which included a visit to an uninhabited island and a few dolphin sightings! Pickup some of the local tour guide coupon books and save a least $1 per person on admission.

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Huntington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We took are small grandson. Knew he would not be old enough to enjoy it, but surprisingly we really enjoyed it. It is worth the stop.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We've been several times to the Mote, and always see something new. We especially love their "Full moon Kayak" which is always an adventure and relaxing cruise.

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Winston Salem, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The Mote is not a SeaWorld kind of experience. Arrive to learn and you will be entertained. The Mote is 50-ish in its presentation. Enjoyable, doing great work in preserving, and nurturing FL sea life.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We have been to this aquarium before and my 10 year old always asks to go back. It's interesting because it's focus is really on the research that they do there. The staff and volunteers are all very knowledgeable and my daughter soaks up what they tell her like a sponge. Just know that this place is not huge, and... More 

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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Disappointed in that the I thought some of the sealife in the acquarium were kept in cramped conditions for their size. Also, heartbreaking to see two turtles who were sisters, I think about 37 years old. They will have to spend the rest of their lives in captivity because they have always been hand fed. Their 'enclosure' bore no resemblance... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The Mote is a functioning research lab, but they open a number of areas to the public. The highlight was their two manatees. They also had a shark tank. Lots of hands on experiences allow young and old to touch sting rays and other sea creatures. The employees who staff each exhibit were very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful explaining the... More 

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Lampasas, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Did not do the aquarium but the tour of the bay was interesting and educational. This was part marine biology and part rock/movie star home tour. Tampa bay is big and shallow with lots of shoreline, most of which has been extensively developed. The tour includes a short walk on a small island and is supposed to include a collecting... More 

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Lanesville, Indiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Need something to fill in your schedule? Allow about 2 hrs and enjoy. Kids will enjoy the touch thee stingray and horseshoe crab exhibits.

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