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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#5 of 144 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went with family, we all loved it !! Great staff, so many sea creatures to see!!! Manatee exhibit is spectacular!!! One of the best I've ever been to.

Thank patriciajax
Reviewed 2 days ago

I love Mote more than any other aquarium in the area. It has a great personal appeal; the staff are all very polite and willing to explain a lot. They are all very informative and I love the direction the aquarium made with its educational,...More

Thank micahthemariner
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We happened to show up when they were feeding the manatees and training the otters, so our visit was extra special. If you happen to be in town when they have a traveling exhibit, even better. One thing I liked about this aquarium better than...More

Thank juniejune
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited while vacationing on Lido Key. Great learning experience, especially for kids. We did the boat ride which includes an island walk and hands on marine life experience. They use a net to catch marine life and explain their function in he eco system.

Thank Terry T
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was very disappointed with this aquarium. For $22, it took us 30 minutes to walk through the entire thing. The manatees and otters are across the street...that took about 15 minutes to see. I don't think it's worth the money.

Thank andreajung
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have visited twice now and my 2.5 year old just loves this place! It's the perfect size for a quick morning activity and you can still be home for nap time. The ONLY recommendation I would give - it would be nice if there...More

Thank Christyn M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Didn't know what to expect found a really nice and informative aquarium ,the exhibits were excellent and well presented with staff at hand to answer any questions you had.The cafe was good also and we all had dinner it is well worth a visit

Thank wlfrdbrgss
Reviewed 5 days ago

Took the grandkids for a visit to Mote. They had a terrific time and loved seeing all the aquatic animals. It is not a large place and you will probably see it in a couple of hours. The kids I am sure will enjoy the...More

Thank Hombre68
Reviewed 5 days ago

This aquarium provides all ages with a great experience. There are all types of sea animals to see and some to touch. It is a working laboratory too so you get to see some behind the scenes work going on. It also undertakes great work...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 6 days ago

After living in Florida for 15 years - I finally made it to Mote. While the whole setting is neat and the fact that it is a Lab and Rehabilitation facility, it left a little bit to b desired. I'm not sure what exactly it...More

Thank tazlvr13
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February 21, 2017|
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Response from familytraveler81 | Reviewed this property |
there are two buildings to Mote - neither is huge with tons of exhibits, however it is very educational. If you are going to want to spend time reading and observing in the educational areas and want to participate in the... More
January 16, 2017|
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Response from Timber238 | Reviewed this property |
$18.00 per person but well worth it. By car ,leave St Armands Circle and head for Longboat Key . Just prior to going over the causeway take a right and the Aquarium is on your right. It is well sign posted.
Marilyn B
June 25, 2016|
Response from Elizabeth P | Reviewed this property |
We called the day before to reserve a spot for a boat tour. They took our names and said they would phone us if the tour was cancelled, weather, not enough people and such. I do not think they billed our credit card until... More