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“Kids will love it! Hands On!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441
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Ranked #8 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: 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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Kansas
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“Kids will love it! Hands On!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Mote Marine is a great day trip for families with kids or anyone who enjoys marine life. They have lots of aquariums with various marine life to see. When we were there they had penguins and you could see them at feeding time but that is a traveling exhibit I think. A big draw are the sharks and other large fish but shark feedings are only every other day so I would call first to see when it is.
They have an area where you can touch small sting rays (with no barbs of course)
There is also another hands on area where you can pick up smaller sea animals.
They also have a trip you can take (must pay extra) where you go out in a boat and they pull up things in a net and it is hands on as well. We did not do that but I know my kids would have loved this when they were younger.
They also had a dolphin but it was being rehabiliated - there are no "shows" but they are beautiful to watch swimming up close.
Some parts are outside so if it is chilly that day, bring your jacket.

Visited December 2011
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“Love the Jelly Fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

And the sea horses. Mote specializes in shark research, although I am not particularly fond of these creepy fish. The lettuce eating manatees are much more my speed.

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Sarasota, Florida
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“The kids love it there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

the Mote is a very respected research facility and aquarium. The kids love the Manatees and dolphin and sharks. You can watch them feed the fish from a platform around the large tank, and there are touch tanks to get up close to some of the marine life. Across the street in another building there is an excellent turtle display. And nowfor anothr couple of months, they have a traveling exhibiits of six penguins that are such fun to watch. Well worth the price of admission. You can also sign upo to take a boat ride that goes out into Sarasota Bay with a marine biologist on board. They seine for marine life and look for dolphin and manatee sightings.

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Franklin, Wisconsin
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“A Fun Day with the Fishes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We visited the Aquarium as a way to see some of the marine life we knew was sure to be close, but unseen, in the Gulf. So glad we made it over there! The aquarium is filled with interesting sea life, really great educational information, and fantastic volunteers. We learned so much in a short time. Don't miss the shark feedings, or the pool where you can touch some of the sea life! It made us all giggle like kids again!

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“Great aquarium with lots of fun things to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

It is a smaller aquarium but there are plenty of nice things to see! It is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The penguins,manatees,turtles, and beautiful fish displays kept us entertained for a few hours. If you are in the area - definitely check it out!

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