This is a good aquarium plus they have excursions into the gulf. The aquarium is a nice place to go on hot or rainy days.
I have been visiting Mote since my son was an intern, then a volunteer. The exhibits are very informational and interesting. I highly recommend going from there to the Save Our Seabirds sanctuary (and give a good donation!) that shares the same parking lot. Both are equally important to the environment of South Florida.
We love to take friends to Mote when they visit us. It is a great little aquarium run by caring volunteers with opportunities to touch some of the sea creatures, shows and even a manatee. Don't miss the boat ride. It's worth the reasonable cost of the ride. You will cruise Sarasota Bay and learn some of the history of... More
I have been to many aquariums all across the county and this is truly one of the greats. They offer wonderful "hands on" experiences for the young folks, great shows and very knowledgeable staff with great displays. I love it.
Not a very extensive fish display. Disappointing shark display. Not worth the $17 admission fee. Gift shop not much in the way of really decent aquatic publications. Very pedantic selection for a research aquarium.
Visited in November - small crowd - and absolutely no waiting. There are touch tanks for the kids to do a - 2-finger touch - in the tanks. The displays are very nice and variety of fish is amazing. The only downer was walking to the dolphin show ( knees are going bad) and having adults continually moving to the... More
Our son loved the place, there are a lot of tanks with smaller fish to discover first, then comes the "shark section". A few bonehead sharks and in the big tank nurse sharks, blacknose and sandbar sharks of an impressive size for an aquarium. And it´s me who say that as an passionate diver. I liked the fact that the... More
You gotta go see this great kayaking adventure offered by the Mote Aquarium. It last about 3 hrs, lots of fun. The marine biologist is full of info to tell you during the trip
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