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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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Fun and educational!

A scientific and enjoyable place to spend a few hours. The different sea life are presented in their natural habitat, volunteers and staff are available to assist, and are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Me2flsunfish
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Oakland, Maine
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Daytona Beach , Florida, United States
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The admission to this park is about $20.00 per person. Probably took about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to see everything. Some of the exhibits are pretty nice, just not too many of them. Has manatees, a few sharks, jellyfish.

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Oakland, Maine
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A scientific and enjoyable place to spend a few hours. The different sea life are presented in their natural habitat, volunteers and staff are available to assist, and are pleasant and respectful. Love going there, have been several times, taking friends who visit from away.

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Orlando, Florida
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69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This aquarium is spread out over several buildings but has plenty to see. If the weather is nice you can reserve kayaks and boat tours.

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Thank travelingtummy2014
Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

don't waste your time ,it's not worth a visit,the mote is a terrible spot, you should miss it instead take your car to the ringling museum cause there's where the clowns live and you all can seem

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Thank don s
Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago 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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Thank Lotta M
Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago 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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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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221 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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