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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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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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Frolicking fish!

From floating jelly fish to bobbing seahorses, the aquarium offers a wide variety of marine life for one's educational advantage or pure enjoyment! Sharks, lion fish, sea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

From floating jelly fish to bobbing seahorses, the aquarium offers a wide variety of marine life for one's educational advantage or pure enjoyment! Sharks, lion fish, sea turtles, manatee and more! Some are rescues. One can only admire what the laboratory and aquarium do to perpetuate our close up view without having to don scuba gear in search of sea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Awesome tour. Well worth the money. The guide was very knowledgeable. Neat seeing "the catch of the day" pulled on board. Wish we would have seen some dolphin or manatee.

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Merrickville, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

we enjoyed it immensely when we went.Saw my first manatee.awe inspiring,the grace of the creature.Amazing tour of the birds and how they look after them.Loved it all.Could touch a sting ray but I didn't.

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Love the aquarium with the gulf fish and phenomenal jelly-fish expo. Be sure to check out the shark/tuna/tarpon tank as well as the sting-ray tank. Across the street is a dolphin and manatee viewing area not to be missed!!

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Venice, Florida, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I love the dolphins and whales. Different kinds of other sea life. Kind of expensive, but the money goes to research. Lots to see and do. Good for all ages. Teens will like it, if they are into marine life and animals. There is a short shark movie.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium surpassed my expectations. It is not like the aquariums that are primarily entertainment-centered. The Mote is a part of on-going rescue and conservation efforts. The guides are very well-informed and helpful. The displays are well-lit and provide fascinating views of water creatures. This is a great place to introduce children to marine life and... More 

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dartford
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely aquarium in the picturesque town Lots to see and the children get to touch sting rays and star fish amongst other fish Loved it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I went here to kill some time! It is perfect to kill an hour or so! We love turtles, It is a good thing they are doing there rescuing those turtles! Highly recommend if you need to kill some time! It was pretty cheap to get in too :)

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Small, local aquarium, fun shows, knowledgeable volunteers. I've been several times and would definitely go again!

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Munster, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Ok, the adults will like the Mote too. It's not to big and has lots of hands on opportunities to touch things that move in the water.

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