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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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A fun day!

We had an amazing time at the Mote Marine! Make sure to go on the Eco boat tour! The food at the diner was yummy! As we were leaving we even got to see them bringing in an injured... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Watertown, South Dakota
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Watertown, South Dakota
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We had an amazing time at the Mote Marine! Make sure to go on the Eco boat tour! The food at the diner was yummy! As we were leaving we even got to see them bringing in an injured sea turtle. It was awesome to see this wonderful place at work!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the Mote a little concerned about past reviews, I'm not sure what aquarium they went to but this one is nice. Well maintained, tanks were clean and the grounds are well kept. They only had one exhibit that was closed due to the death of their dolphin.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a serene and wonderful adventure, couldn't be more pleased with this outstanding aquarium and destination. The property is large and spread out with plenty of experience filled, hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits to spend a great, informative and beautiful day. We walked through various aquatic environments, (plus a whole separate part of the park containing jungle birds!) sightseeing and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have visited this aquarium twice with my young son and it is great and small, manageable for a small child, my son loves it!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This place may not be for you if you like to be entertained and do not want to be educated. (sorry slackers) But if you can entertain yourself and like to be educated this place is for you. Very nice little place.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium tremendously! The manatees were the highlight for us, my daughter and I both could watch them for hours. My only complaint was that it was very crowded when we there. The experience was quite educational and we enjoyed observing the marine life exhibits. The best part is knowing Mote's dedication to the animals,as... More 

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Urbana, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed this place and all it has to offer. The exhibits are diverse and well-kept. Some of the volunteers were a bit over-eager to explain everything to you, but I could tell that they were dedicated. One of my favorite exhibits was the seahorse lab. I've never seen so many seahorses in one place (and tiny ones at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Worth the time. people around the world consult these experts on everything from dolphin behavior to shark attacks.

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Looking for a fun and cool thing to do on a hot summer day? Visit one of the best aquariums in the U.S. And enjoy the fish, sea turtles and manatees. Lots to see and learn!

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Sarasota, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We love to visit the Mote Marine Laboratory to learn about flora and fauna and particularly view and learn about fish species that are indigenous to Florida.

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Additional Information about Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Address: Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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