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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
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Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon...

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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Fantastic!!! The sharks were awesome!!

I had been wanting to go to this aquarium for a couple years, now that Im back in the area I had the opportunity to go and it was great. The sharks were my favorite, I could watch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Englewood, Florida
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Englewood, Florida
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had been wanting to go to this aquarium for a couple years, now that Im back in the area I had the opportunity to go and it was great. The sharks were my favorite, I could watch them for hours, its absolutely fascinating to see how the different sharks interact.. There is plenty to do there, lots of displays... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed the manatees and sea turtles, as well as the sea otter exhibit. Amazing to see the sharks being fed. Great spot for families, as all the exhibits were accessible to small children.

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Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a visit. Lots of aquariums with various species of fish. There are lots of volunteers throughout able to answer questions. Good information about the damage that is occurring to reefs and what they are doing to fix it. Don't miss the second building that includes a turtle and manatee exhibit. I think it took us 2-3 hours to get... More 

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Corner Brook, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent way to spend an afternoon whether you are 10 or 100... these Manatees are beautiful peaceful creatures to watch in the huge tanks surrounding you!

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the best aquariums we have visited. The focus is more on teaching than just showcasing the collection of water animals. It also has rescue, hospital and research facilities that are wonderful. The price is very reasonable and if you live in the area, an annual membership is a great way to support a worthy cause.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must see when visiting Sarasota. We live here and are trying to see most of the attractions. Most we were bored with but this was an experience.

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Thank Raymond S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my 3 teenagers here and the 4 of us loved it! There is so much to see, everyone in your family is sure to find something they like. The shark exhibit was neat, but our favorite part was the otters. They were hilarious to watch. Just a side note, the aviary is an additional charge.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learn and see so many marine animals hurt in the waters and under rehab...great place. Beautiful aquariums! Great up close exotic fish, coral, jelly fish! See otters and sharks and sting rays!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many kinds of fish native and a few not native to Florida. They have a giant squid on display. A hands on pond but don't remove anything from the water (they make sure you know this because there are signs and an attendant to repeat it every 20 seconds it seems :D). You can pet a sting... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have personally visited Mote countless times and I can honestly say it is truly a world class establishment. The caliber of research performed by the staff, the amount of support by the volunteers, coupled with the constant focus on educating/engaging our local youth is extraordinary. Truly honored to have Mote as a part of our community.

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