We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mote Marine Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 1600
941-388-4441
Website
Update attraction details
Ranked #12 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children
180 visitor photos
Write a Review

724 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    417
    225
    67
    9
    6
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kettering
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sarasota, Florida
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Four aduls were entertained by the exhibits, the giant preserved squid, the cute penguins and many other interesting and educational exhibits. The employees were very informative. There were gigantic manatees. Kids would live this place.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sarasota, Florida
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you like aquariums and marine animals then Mote is well worth a visit. It is a small operation which is part of the charm. It is very easy to get to and parking is convenient. The exhibits are informative and you will see a good representation of local marine life. Adults and kids will like it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Longboat Key, FL
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There is so much more to Mote than even I could imagine. One of the most unique places for young and old in the world. I am a travel writer.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sarasota, Florida
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent exhibits, Cavier for sale (made at the Mote) and an organization working hard to save our coral reefs and Ocean species. Highlyt reccommend a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
55 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went with two children and they had a ball...worth a visit and extremely kid friendly. Not over priced and not as commercialized as SeaWorld. All you money goes to the reseach or keeping this place open.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Naugatuck, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our visit to Mote, we saw the dolphin experience they had with the rescued dolphin, also it was pretty enjoyable to see the giant sea turtles and the shark tank they have, it seems like a upcoming aquarium as well... but the only drawback is during the rain to see the dolphin training area and giant turtles it wasn't... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The Mote aquarium was nice. We were able to see aquatic life up close. The staff were very helpful and we all had a great experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Mote Marine Aquarium also viewed

 

Been to Mote Marine Aquarium? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Mote Marine Aquarium, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing