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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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Put your money to work and be wowed by the sea life.

For around $20 USD you get to contribute to research about, and rehabilitation of marine animals. View nice exhibis in an ucrowded and unhurried visit. You can easily spend a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

For around $20 USD you get to contribute to research about, and rehabilitation of marine animals. View nice exhibis in an ucrowded and unhurried visit. You can easily spend a couple hours touring the facilities. The manatee and dolphin area is well designed for viewing. The interns and volunteers are friendly and offer interesting information about the animals. There is... More 

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Actually a 3.5 Somewhat small, but it is great place to take the kids for a 2 hour break from the beach. It is a great rescue facility and it is educational. We found a coupon online at: http://www.couponsforfun.com/couponsforfun.com/FL_Mote_Aquarium_savings.html I think the only complaint would be that they did not give any announcement they were feeding the dolphins and we... More 

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Fruitport, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My kids love aquariums, and I had recently read about Eugenie Clark who is involved at the MOTE, so we decided to go. The aquarium is a research aquarium. It is smaller than the Florida Aquarium, probably closer in size to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. We really enjoyed it though. The shark tank was neat, and we were able to... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is not a big, glitzy aquarium like Monterrey Bay in California, but on the other hand, neither does it have the big entrance fee, either. It is more of a research laboratory and animal rehabilitation center, so the staff is friendly, very knowledgeable and passionate about the creatures of the sea. The tanks are very clean and well maintained.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We took their cruise and also visited the aquarium. A must if you're in Sarasota. On the cruise we spotted dolphins and stopped a small Island, saw tons of birds migrating on another Island. The Aquarium itself is stunning. Across the way is the hospital for injured dolphins and sea animals. Mote Aquarium is a favorite.

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Florence, South Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

I saw one review criticizing it on being small in comparison to Chicago's shedd aquarium, but my opinion is I would rather it be small then wait an hour to get in and then try to see something when the crowd is five people deep! Loved the manatees!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Second visit here, great as usual, the only disappointment was there were no turtles in the rehabilitation area. Last year we spent an hour speaking to one of the assistants and learning about the plight of turtles .we are hoping there was no turtles as they have all been released!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Rainy day provided our family a chance to enjoy this aquarium we otherwise might have skipped. Our kids, 13 and 9, loved the variety and the hands on displays as well. Give yourself about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to enjoy the marine life. Although crowded due to the rain, the displays were well positioned where people were not on... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place makes my research heart sing! In an era when some aquariums are getting push back, this one offers an up close and personal look behind the scenes of marine based research. That said, tanks are small, and the dolphin training demonstration is a bit limited. I think the research component is so important for kids and families to... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Sarasota Native here...and I love Mote Marine! It is first and foremost a research and educational facility; the aquarium portion is just an added, but still wonderful, bonus. They have fishes, rays, and sharks in one building and the marine mammals and sea turtles in another building.

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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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