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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shark tank” (108 reviews)
“touch tank” (60 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a quiet aquarium. The kids enjoyed it. There was a lot a staff on so you could easily ask questions. There is a bit of walking between the 2 the buildings. There are a couple touch tanks. It’s a good stop on the...More

Thank susan l
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Mott has good collection of local wild marine life. I took the youth from our church and they had a good time and learn Ned a lot about the marine life specially the Manatee those huge gentle mamels. Recommend it for everyone.

Thank Maria A
Reviewed 4 days ago

A great experience for all ages. Staff are friendly and informed and you can get up close and personal with various animals. The manatees are amazing.

Thank Pamela L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our 9 month old here and he loved looking at the fish tanks and aquatic life. He was even able to touch a starfish in the touch tank. The price seems a little expensive but you have to think about it as supporting...More

Thank Christine W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Educational experience , great variety of Exhibits. Pleasant staff, with the exception of the supervisor at the entry desk.

Thank Carolyn B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited mote marine while visiting in Florida. Loved looking at the aquarium. They have some where you can pet the fish. My favorite was the otters. They are so cute and constantly playing. I was sorry they no longer have the dolphins. They had a...More

Thank Meridian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

As Bill Mote benefactor of Mote Marine laboratory once said , "We have been taking from the oceans for a long time it is time that we give something back." A great educational experience for all ages not just about Mote's research but hands on...More

Thank argusinc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been following Mote on Facebook for a year now since we planned our visit to Florida. Everyone was lovely and very informative, most of the people here are volunteers and just seem to love what they do. We did a boat trip along...More

Thank SandraFleming
Reviewed 1 week ago

Both grand children, 2 and 4, loved it. There were many interactive exhibits and opportunities for them to get up close and personal with the animals. Many pleasant and knowledgeable staff available to answer questions about the animals and the facilities activities.

Thank RobertJR53
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mote Marine Aquarium Center makes you proud to be an American. It is because of Mote and its sister organizations that our oceans may even have a chance of survival for the future. Time well spent with the family with tons of teaching opportunities during...More

Thank nikkisjunk
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September 26, 2017|
Response from Darren H | Reviewed this property |
yes, if your little one likes looking at fish in tanks. there are plenty to see. would need to have a decent concentration span as it is quite a large site.
Daisy T
August 27, 2017|
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Response from wlfrdbrgss | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is one and you can get a super picture with the manatee if you are lucky
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