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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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Worth the price of admission!

Went here while visiting my Mom. With two other women. One being older and the other having special needs. The volunteer staff wonderful and very informative. The one thing we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went here while visiting my Mom. With two other women. One being older and the other having special needs. The volunteer staff wonderful and very informative. The one thing we found that could be a little challenging could be the walk to second building. So go on a nice day and enjoy the walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Thought the admission fee of $19.75 is high for what is there but I understand it is a research facility. The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. Currently there is a temporary exhibit "Oh Baby" that was interesting. Not at the top of my list of places to take guests that are visiting unless they understand it is a laboratory and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Love this aquarium! Such a variety of marine life - we had a great time visiting. Really loved watching the sea turtles playing and the manatee eating their lettuce! Could have stayed watching them for hours! Highly recommended to anyone in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We had 5 of us from age 3 to 70 visit last week and the exhibits were so interesting and the volunteers so nice and informative. I personally learned a lot and each one of us could enjoy it. Can't wait to visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I look for great value when I travel. Although you might pay slightly more for the average hotel you'll love the visit Sarasota old town district, { even if you elect to drive the 30 min from St Pete's or Tampa to make it a day trip]. You are in for the best education regarding marine life you have most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful experience for humans of all ages. The displays are well designed with lots of information. We especially loved the manatees. Allow 3 to 4 hours to see both the shark feeding and the manatees eat pounds of lettuce.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to have a private tour at the Research center. We witnessed a private dolphin demonstration, fed & pet injured sea turtles, & more. So well worth it & a truly unique & memorable experience that left our family happy & wanting more. Great way to learn about these beautiful creatures too b/c we were able to ask... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Arriving in south Florida in late March brought a few challenges to see the gentle giants of the gulf. My son bbq as always been intrigued by the north American Manatee. After finding that it would be rare to see them in the wild, we set out for Mote aquarium in Sarasota Florida. It was a well run place with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Mote Aquarium is surprisingly good. When you visit this aquarium, you find out how much these types of institutions are aimed at saving animals. This is the antithesis of attractions which exploit animals. The goal is to save animals and try to move the back into their natural environments. I learned more at Mote than I did at quite... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We want to support this marine lab & aquarium but it really isn't worth the money. We would recommend going to Tampa to their Aquarium.

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