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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Incredible experience!

Mote is a top notch scientific facility with a great display of local species and a strong... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
JLDenver
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Denver, Colorado
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Fun trip with the kids

My kids had so much fun! The manatees were amazing, the river otters were absolutely beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
WHTSMITH80
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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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.
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Mote is a top notch scientific facility with a great display of local species and a strong environmental focus. A trip to Siesta Key and the surrounding area must include this!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JLDenver
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My kids had so much fun! The manatees were amazing, the river otters were absolutely beautiful and fun! The kids loved touching the sharks and seeing all of the marine life that was on display. Such a great, fun and informational day trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This aquarium was outstanding. We loved the manatees. The river otters were great to. Lots of helpful staff around to answer questions.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Donna K
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have enjoyed each & every to Mote. Try to go when they are feeding the sharks. Downstairs viewing fun. I love to touch the rays. Don't forget to visit the turtles & manatees across the street.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 182dja
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had three adults and a ten month old baby. Cost was $24 per adult and baby was free. The volunteers here are so helpful and knowledgeable! We spent about 2 hours or so and absolutely loved it and would go back again. Beautiful fish,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lynns123travels
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our time at the Mote aquarium. They have done a really nice job having many different areas, for all ages. I really liked all of the volunteers standing around, ready to assist and jump in with facts. We learned a lot from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BoyMom4ever
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited this aquarium with our 2 year old and we had a great time. It was a little busy with bus tours of other kids but it was accommodating. We were able to see everything and enjoy the views! Great price for everything they...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 407erint
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

All the times I went here is because of school trips and I love this aquarium soo much!! It’s just so cool to look at the fish, everything in it, and it’s a really nice looking aquarium. Great for families, if you want to learn...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank christelle F
Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been members for a number of years. We have a Jellyfish membership which allows the member to bring five quests at no cost to the guest. We have used it quite a number of times & feel good about the research. Attended a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Brice G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Education and interesting. Take your time and enjoy! Learn about the fish and mammals, ask questions of the staff.

Date of experience: July 2018
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BrendaL2153
December 9, 2018|
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Response from 836sarahm | Reviewed this property |
There is not a live dolphin show. This is more of a museum/aquarium, geared towards education more than entertainment. I would highly recommend seeing it over something like Seaworld!
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ARnana53
February 11, 2018|
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Response from RckMtn12 | Reviewed this property |
No active duty only.
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