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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Awesome place to go with the family. Very interactive and filled with knowledgeable staff waiting to educate you on all of the exhibits and creatures!! Loved the hurricane... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Awesome place to go with the family. Very interactive and filled with knowledgeable staff waiting to educate you on all of the exhibits and creatures!! Loved the hurricane simulator!! Sharks, huge turtles, and giant manatees are a treat to see. Great gift shop, and food too!!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Mote is not your average aquarium. The main purpose is marine research but the exhibits are really first class. The Mote really works hard to keep updating the exhibits and to impart knowledge to the visitors. I cannot recommend a vist enough.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is more than an Acquarium so don't try comparing it to the SeaWorlds etc or you will be disappointed. It's a small intimate learning facility which my kids loved. They saw the Sharks being fed and loved the exhibits. Take the boat tour which is pleasant (just 1 hour) very interactive and educational.

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Ocean Park, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Nice spot for kids to see familiar fish close up. No Dolphins or penguins which really are needed. Clean easy paced experience. Touch tanks are fun. Entrance fee is high for limited variety of fish.

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Came with group of 6th graders and we all had a good time. Lots to see and enjoy. Unfortunately the volunteers hired to explain the various exhibits were not interested in providing any assistance to the youth In attendance. All adults should be prepared to read and google most if not all exhibits so you can answer appropriately questions made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Join an AZA zoo near home and enjoy free admission to MOTE. This is a nice aquarium with a wide variety of exhibits. The volunteers were very eager to share knowledge. There are picnic shelters in the parking lot and grills so pack a lunch! There is a bird exhibit that we did not visit as it wasn't included in... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We decided to visit here for an afternoon. Fair admission pricing and very knowledgeable volunteers working the aquarium. The diner inside was really good with a great hamburger--I was pleasantly surprised!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We enjoyed MOTE so much that we became a donor! It is nothing like a Sea World. It is a working aquarium. Make sure to view the turtle hospital and take in the Manatee tank.

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Definitely a highlight of our family trip due in large part to Capt Sondra and her marine biology expertise. She found numerous groups of Dolphins and got out of the boat in the sand bar with us to help find sealife and explain what we all found . I would highly recommend this trip with her at the helm. Our... More 

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Started going here in the early 80s when they had a few turtles and little else. Now, they're well endowed and have a gorgeous place especially great for kids. They love the touch tank.

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