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Mote Marine Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 1600
941-388-4441
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Ranked #12 of 88 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Basingstoke
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

What a little treasure this is, we bought a combi ticket and took the Eco boat trip as well. We visited one afternoon having walked round the main aquarium and seen sharks, jellyfish, seahorses and much, much more, we walked to see the dolphin, manatee and turtles. The Mote Aquarium do a lot of work in the Sarasota Bay. We... More

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It's not Sea World but it has come a long way. It's great for a rainy day. The fish they have are amazing and we enjoyed our visit. Everyone who works there was so nice with our son who is in a wheelchair.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Mote Aquarium is a wonderful experience for the entire family, Any age will love this aquarium. The 'hands on' features throughout the 'campus' of this indoor/outdoor aquarium enthrall young and old. The helpful staff throughout the Mote are welcoming and all appear to be experts on marine life. They love sharing their knowledge with anyone who might ask for... More

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I think "Aquarium" is quite a big word to use as this is really a small research station. Staff here are lovely - we met mostly volunteers and all with excellent knowledge and they generously shared experiences and information, wonderful to hear the stories about the blind turtle and the rescue dolphin - so special. The toad exhibition was good... More

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Louisa, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We stopped at the aquarium and had a great time . The fish and mammals were all beautiful we took the boat on the Sarasota bay and it was very nice definitely a great place to spend the day

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We decided to spend a rainy afternoon here. Overall, just an "okay" experience. The tickets were a bit costly despite a coupon, and there really wasn't much that we found exciting. We've been to a number of aquariums, but this one was just average.

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San Angelo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. The volunteers were all wonderful and informative. Most visitors had young children with them. Ours are grown, but I could envision us bringing grandchildren here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is great for all ages! Lots of different exhibits to interest the kids. My son wants to be a marine biologist and he didn't want to leave. Definitely recommend the boat tour that is available. The boat tour was my favorite part of the whole vacation.

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Dearborn, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A bit pricey and disappointing, I expected a Florida aquarium to be more impressive. If the ticket price were less it might be less of a disappointment. There are two separate buildings so if you want to see the dolphins and the turtles you have to leave one building and go to another. We did book a kayak trip that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I went on a Kayak trip with the kids. We had a fun time. The views of Siesta Key are beautiful and the tunnels we rowed in were interesting.

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