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“Terrific!” 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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Elysburg PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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“Terrific!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The staff and atmosphere were incredible. Very very helpful. The aquarium itself was incredible. Loved the place. Very informative. The sea turtles and manatees were the best! Very nice place to visit!

Visited September 2012
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Siesta Key, Florida
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“Time well spent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Awesome place and happy, knowledgeable staff... go on the Bay Explorer tour! Proceeds go to the animals and the area... a whole day well spent!

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Saint James City, Florida
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were invited to go here with our daughters and granddaughter. All I can say is wow. It was very low-key no pressure enjoyable couple of hours. The volunteers were very informative and helpfull. We were not rushed,pushed, or in lines for hours, just a very pleasureable visit. There is much to see. Many beautiful fish, dolphin, manatee, turtles up close and personal. I would reccomend this Aquarium to anyone and everyone. Our granddaughter was able to enjoy all there was to see. We will surly go back soon. The cost was very reasonable. Thank you to all who made our visit wonderful.

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West Melbourne, Florida
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“Small scientific aquarium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The Mote Marine Aquarium is a small teaching aquarium. Volunteers are happy to explain why the turtle, dolphin, etc. were injured or abandoned and why they cannot be returned to their habitat. There is a shark tank and we happened to arrive at feeding time. You can view this from above the tank or below and into the tank. There is a special day where a person or two are allowed to feed the sharks. I learned a lot about our sea creatures and the research being done. Most of this exhibit is outside but covered. We visited two buildings. There is a thire building with injures sea birds and an extra fee is charged to visit these birds. It is not a part of the Mote and we did not have time to visit this building. It is not a place for entertainment but more for learning. I enjoyed it immensely.

Visited September 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“~~~If you love Sea Life than...~~~”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

You will love Mote Marine Research facility. My family and I visit this facility every year. At every display their are volunteers who are so knowledgeable about the sea life exhibit that they are stationed at. Many of them have been volunteering for years and they love the creatures that are housed their as if they were a member of their own family. Mote Marine is well known for rescuing injured sea turtles, manatees and dolphins. They have beautiful Reef aquariums on display and my favorite is the baby seahorses. It is especially nice because you don't have the large crowds like you would at bigger Aquariums so it is awesome to really stop and watch the animals. My grand son really likes the petting tanks where he could get a hands on feel and respect for the sea life that they house. I would highly recommend Mote Marine and I commend them for their diligence, concern and on-going research to help preserve our oceans and the sea life they contain.

Visited August 2012
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