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“An interesting and fun learning experience...” 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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“An interesting and fun learning experience...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This facility is located just over the bridge from Sarasota near Longboat Key and is worth a visit, not only to learn about Florida's sea life but to experience a hands-on opportunity for yourself and your children to see and touch sea life up close and personal. They also offer a boat ride out into the Gulf where they scoop up whatever happens to be at that location and then they explain the live objects that come up in the net. Some are quite rare and beautiful. Others are weird and wonderful...This place can't be beat as a place to visit while in the area! Very highly recommended!

Visited January 2013
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“Mote is the greatest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We've been to a lot of mid-sized acquariums, including Boston, Chicago Shedd, Mystic Connecticut, Monterey CA, but this one is so well organized and enjoyable for our grandchildren and adults, as well. Great value. Plan on at least 3 hours or more.

Visited January 2013
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South Bend, IN
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“Getting better all the time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We go there every chance we get to the area. When we first started going it was very small but still impressive. All of the people that are standing around and answering questions are volunteers. I love their excitement about the exhibits. The hands on exhibits are terrific for young and old alike.

Visited February 2012
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“Fun outing for an overcast day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nice exhibits, very pleasant volunteer guides almost everywhere, they're happy to share information and explain in detail.

Visited January 2013
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Rockville, Maryland
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“Great place for kids and adults”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is a smaller aquarium than the one in Tampa but we enjoyed it much more. We took the nature boat ride and enjoyed it very much. It's a great place to bring the kids and enjoyable for adults as well.

Visited December 2012
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