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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441
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Ranked #8 of 48 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: 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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Burlington, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Another must see while in Sarasota. Very interesting and so much more. Loved being able to pet some of sea creatures.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We visited with an adult, 3 high school teens and a college senior. Displays were all nicely done. My daughter is a big Finding Nemo fan and thought it was fun they had several of the fish from the movie in the same tank. The staff were friendly and informative. There is a touch tank with animals such as urchins... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Mote Marine has large windows where you can view two manatees, Hugh and Buffet, feed and play underwater. There are also large view windows to see sharks, fish and turtles underwater and small tanks with fish, toads and frogs. There is a (short) dolphin training show and a shark feeding show. Aquarium is not large but very nicely designed. There... More

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Millstadt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I particularly enjoyed Hugh and Buffet the manatees. It was raining and got a bit wet going between the two buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Live sharks, manatees, huge turtles, and lots more! There were many families there, I would guess the ages ranged from toddlers to seniors - and everyone was having a great time. There are tanks with beautiful fish and lots of information. There are very large tanks with manatees Hugh and Buffet - they are such big,gentle creatures, and the little... More

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Frederick, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit as there a lot of interesting exhibits here. I really loved the seahorse tanks. Very interesting. Wished my grandkids were with us. There were lots of things for children to see and touch.

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Pittsfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We go to aquariums whenever we can, and really enjoyed this one. Great exhibits, and educationsal. Be sure to walk down the road to the turtles and manatees. Don't bother with the snack bar if you can help it, VERY slow, expensive, and mediocre food.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Mote aquarium wasn't the best aquarium I've been too, but it was great for Sarasota and was very reasonably priced ($20 for an adult). They had very nice displays with good information and the staff was very helpful and informative, they really wanted to share their love of marine life with you. I would recommend getting there early in... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Loved this aquarium. What sets it appart are the volunteers at every exhibit. They are quick to inform you of what you are seeing and giving you a welcome. Very cheerful. Only problem was the interactive movie, the computers were down. Will try and come back and visit if we are in the area. Loved the manatees and sea turtle... More

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

nice place to go ,there a lot inside to see and they even have a live seal show to watch very interesting place

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