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Mote Marine Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 1600
941-388-4441
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Ranked #12 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Kansas City, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This aquarium is the best I've ever seen. It was nearly all salt water fish, which we rarely see in the Midwest. We saw tanks of coral, jellyfish, seahorses, sharks, rays, tarpon, crabs, and on and on. We saw huge groupers and a giant moray eel. The tanks were large and most fish seemed to be swimming rather than hiding:... More

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Cheraw, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I did not like this tour. The cost was way too much for what was available. The feeding of the sharks was the best part, but not great very crowded.

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Darien, Connecticut
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118 reviews 118 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Multiple venues within the museum. Great fun and educational experience. A bit on the expensive side. Two adult seniors and a child ... nearly sixty bucks.

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Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Mote Marine is one of the top places to see in Sarasota besides the beaches. Fascinating for adults and children, alike, it manages to present its sealife in informative and friendly formats. The docents who volunteer share their passion and enthusiasm to help expand your experience. Be sure to stop at both buildings to get the most out of your... More

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Rolla, Missouri
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137 reviews 137 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Very nice facility , great information on all of the exhibits. Staff was very helpful. Manatees, stingrays and sharks were fun to watch. Clownfish and frogs and many other exhibits. A fun time for all

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Tampa, Florida
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139 reviews 139 reviews
84 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I'm always happy to support marine life, and the price of admission here definitely goes to a good cause. I only need about 2 hours total here to see both buildings. I arrived in time to see the shark feeding, which wasn't nearly as exciting as it sounded. It's get very crowded on both the upper and lower shark viewing... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I have a deep love of cuttlefish, so I was thrilled that this little aquarium had so many. We got to watch them for a long time, because there weren't a lot of people at the aquarium. It was nice too, because we found out upon arrival that there is a military discount. Great little aquarium. I thought it was... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The mote is small but they are primarily a research and rehab facility, so your money is put to good use. They have a good selection of sea creatures and the manatees are adorable.

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Kettering
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We took our children (11 & 9) for the morning. The aquarium is spilt over two sites, one with the aquarium and touch pool, the other with the dolphin, turtles and manatees. The place has a homely feel about it. The volunteer staff were excellent, all very knowledgable and willing to answer questions. The children had a lovely time just... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Mote Marine is a marine educational and research facility. A great place to spend the day for both young and old who are interested in our marine environment. Boat tours of Sarasota Bay's aquacultural environment are available.

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