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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went on recommendation of friends. Very nice aquarium. More importantly were the volunteer docents who were everywhere helping instruct you on what you were viewing. They were so helpful and friendly. Made the visit great.

Thank jkfb1
Reviewed 5 days ago

The people working there took pride in showing us around and answering our questions. They have a nice variety to see.

Thank Arlinda78
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited one afternoon with my wife, out celebrating our anniversary. We have lived here for years, but never visited Mote. It’s a beautiful little aquarium with a great layout. It’s a great display of local wildlife, including sea turtles, manatees, and river otters. Also offers...More

Thank Rob K
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a large facility that is spread out over multiple separate buildings so make sure you familiarize yourself with everything in advance of your visit by researching their web site or arriving early and digesting the comprehensive visitor guide given out at the admissions...More

1  Thank ve3ikv/w6
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is great.First of all, they have two manatees and you can see them very close.Be there by 1:00 p.m. when the manatees are fed. That's a huge fun to watch them eating. A lot of other exhibits are great as well. Make sure...More

1  Thank travelerscal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mote Marine is a wonderful facility, always expanding and improving their exhibits. They have many wonderful docents that love to share their knowledge. Try to time your visit to take in a feeding at the large fish tank and the manatees. Great touch exhibits for...More

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying on Longboat Key and had driven by the Mote dozens of times. We decided to stop in and see what they were up to. What a wonderful place. It's an aquarium/sea life hospital/research facility not to be missed. From the massive Manatees...More

1  Thank tvmorris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The emphasis here seems to be on education and conservation rather than glitz and glamour. Plenty to see and learn about, but many of the displays are dated and dirty. Could use a revamp to keep people interested.

1  Thank Melissa 9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second trip to Mote. We were very impressed with our first visit a couple of years ago, so returned this year with our grown granddaughter. In addition to well displayed exhibitions, one of the best things are the strategically placed volunteers who...More

Thank 755missv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always fun to visit. Sharks are amazing to watch. Rays are fun to touch. Quite a large facility. Good educational programs for kids.

Thank ma12302013j
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January 10, 2018|
Response from Melissa 9 |
$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.
Ann M
January 6, 2018|
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Response from Justdesert4me | Reviewed this property |
No senior pricing. You can get a membership for a reasonable price that permits subsequent free admission; number of persons admitted based on membership levels.