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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 #10 of 135 things to do 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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North Port, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This is a very family friendly place to visit. The boat ride is very informative. I wish they had more recognition for the work they did with sea turtles. We got a membership so we could go back often.

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Westland, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Had an interesting visit with sea horses, manatees, sea turtles, and especially the sting rays. The rays were in a pond that was accessible for touching these lovely creatures. The butterfly ray (which my friend named "Roomie" because she felt like a wet mushroom), was incredibly social and let us know that she loves to be petted. The volunteers did... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you love all things fishy this is the place for you! Amazing aquarium with so many different types of fish. They even have sharks! Unfortunately the dolphin area was closed due to the death of one of their dolphins. It's too bad but understandable. This is a research aquarium with a ton of exhibits and the manatees and turtles... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Not huge and glitzy, but lots to see if you are willing to stand still a bit at each tank, and listen to the volunteers where they are stationed - they will tell you a lot, it was very interesting. I liked this -like smaller zoos where you can get closer and see and learn more. There are actually two... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Aquarium is on the smaller side but delivered a great family experience. The shark tank if definitely the highlight with being to walk around the top (not for the faint of heart). Not too crowded so I felt comfortable letting my kids explore more. Every staff member we met went out of their way to answer questions. Great place!!!

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binghamton ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

As the other reviews mention, this is a research aquarium with a surprising variety of sea life to view. It is not a very large place and you should be able to get thru the exhibits in about 2 hours. The Manatee exhibit is a short walk from the main aquarium. The dolphin would also be at that location but... More 

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Great family fun on a rainy day. Lots of exhibits with touch tanks, sharks, and local animals. The manatees and turtle section is a must go. Don't skip any parts.

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Naples, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I was told this was a great place but I was disappointed. To begin with, the people at the front entrance seemed clueless and when we ask if they could split payment into two credit cards (my mother and I always split payment on vacation) they told us they didn't think their system could. They didn't even try to help.... More 

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Glen arm md 21057
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

A research aquarium. Excellent view of manatees and turtles during feeding time. Extensive collection of sea horses and jellyfish. Great movie for kids.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

As the title says, this is a great place for sea life lovers. Going through the exhibits, young and old will have fun and also learn a little (or a lot) about the sea and its inhabitants. There is even a petting aquarium where people can pet rays. But the ultimate attraction, to me, was to see the manatees. Those... More 

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