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“If you're in Sarasota, you must see it!” 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 54 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Chicago, IL
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“If you're in Sarasota, you must see it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Located on City Island in Sarasota Bay, the aquarium was a beautiful place to see marine animals in their environments. Kids, as well as adults will enjoy it. And get a shake from the City Diner in the aquarium! They are excellent!

Visited August 2014
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“Edwards really liked it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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“Family Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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 information.

We have vacationed on Anna Maria Island for over twenty years and find very little to entice us to leave our beautiful beach. However, we find that the Mote is a 'must do' every year.

Visited March 2014
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“Lovely staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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 but the darkness and the odd music choice made us feel dizzy. The aquarium is a small place and paying nearly $100 + various donations for a family of 4 we found rather expensive for less than a 2 hour visit. It was good to see but will not be back.

Visited August 2014
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“Great family day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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