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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#5 of 143 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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“shark tank” (102 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed yesterday

geared more toward children than adults, but adults can still have an enjoyable and educational visit. Definitely check out the feeding schedules ahead of time as our visit fell on a Wednesday and currently feeding is only done M/W/F at certain times (once a day...More

Thank Kathleen C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Decided to take a trip to the aquarium to give mom is a rest in the morning. I've been to a number of aquaria, and, while it wasn't horrible, it is about average. Two touch pools were nice, and if you happen to get the...More

Thank Orthocincy
Reviewed yesterday

Very impressive aquarium. Will make marine life lovers out of all who visit. Indulge a lazy afternoon here and you will not regret it.

Thank Beepee2016
Reviewed yesterday

I think the best part of Mote is the people who mingle among visitors and offer information and cool facts about the aquarium. We loved watching the otters play, the rescued baby turtles swim, and the big shark tank with grouper and rays. This is...More

Thank NJ_Geology
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's not the Shedd Aquarium, by any means, but nice for the location and price. Some of the exhibits are a bit old and the mammal exhibit is an outside walk across the street.

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A great place to spend a day! The staff are very knowledgeable about the animals on exhibit. There is a shark tank . The otters are fun to watch and they now have alligators and caimans.

Thank Tracey2day
Reviewed 4 days ago

Obviously a popular entertainment venue for visitors... and potentially a useful learning tool for those who care about the condition of our marine environment. I personally found this a sad place for these fish (and mammals) in a very artificial environment. The sad lonely grouper,...More

1  Thank westiefans
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I love manatee so this was awesome for me. They do have a shark tank that you can look at from above awesome!

Thank Kristina S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's a fun Aquarium. Great for kids. The otters were great to watch. Entrance was $22 per adult. I felt bad for the manatees - they looked depressed.

Thank milkyjo53
Reviewed 6 days ago

Mote Marine is a small aquarium. They started out as a research lab to protect sea life and has turned into an attraction. It has many of Florida's aquatic life and information about our surrounding waters. It will take about 1 1/2 hours to get...More

Thank sunsets222
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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