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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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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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Fantastic child friendly marine laboratory

Kids love this marine laboratory because it has a lot of hands on. You can spend from 2-3 hours there between the 2 buildings

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Lotta M
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kids love this marine laboratory because it has a lot of hands on. You can spend from 2-3 hours there between the 2 buildings

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If one is going to truly appreciate Sarasota, then one should understand the environment with which one lives. Mote is awesome for educating one on the environmental elements of our great town

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didn't have time for the Aquarium so we did the Eco-Boat tour only. There were two biologists who tag-teamed the tour and were both knowledgeable & delightfully helpful to the passengers. As we left the dock we saw dolfins. The importance of the sea grass was explained as was the formation of the many small islands (from dredge &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My girlfriend and I wanted to chill out and walk around the aquarium for the day. Friendly staff and interesting exhibits.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even though on the small side for an aquarium, it is very nice. The octopus played with a large lego and moved quite a bit. Most octopus in aquariums hide in their habitat and can't be seen well. There is an outside area with tanks, so bring a jacket, as it gets breezy. The preserved giant squid is amazing to... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an excellent day out. Volunteers are very friendly and well informed. Great chance to see Turtles, Manatees and shark as well as exotic marine life. Well looked after and breeding of endangered species. Well worth a visit.

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very informative and interesting. Plenty of knowledgeable aides to answer questions. Information readily available. Spacious with well thought out traffic patterns. Fascinating native aquatic life. Learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Last year when family visited, and this year when friends visited, I took them on the bay cruise sponsored by the Mote Marine Aquarium. This hour and 45 minute cruise on the bay has a naturalist on board to tell us about the history of the area. The boat passes are agree with hundreds upon hundreds of sea birds nesting,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The tanks are so clean and clear. The volunteers and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Some of the exhibits are under construction and they are opening an otter tank in late February. I wish we could come back to see that. I would buy a membership if we lived nearby. It is great for kids and adults. The shark... More 

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are local I highly recommend becoming a member and if not definitely make time for a trip here. It is a very up close and personal kinda place and they sponsor a lot of great programs locally.

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