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.
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