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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 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...

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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Great place to see, interesting to see the care they give the animals, have seen staff on beach checking for turtles also Bird sanctuary is wonderful, bird being looked after well!

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London, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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Great place to see, interesting to see the care they give the animals, have seen staff on beach checking for turtles also Bird sanctuary is wonderful, bird being looked after well!

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Frederick, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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Fantastic wildlife and many helpful volunteers. Clean and mobility-challenged friendly. Be ready for some walking as it is spread over a large complex. The focus is sustainability and planet stewardship.

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Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing small aquarium! Take the pontoon boat ride for a small fee that glides through Sarasota Bay and the marine biologists educate you on findings that are scooped from the waters. You stop at a small isle, learn about the grounds, trees etc. wonderful water experience and learning about the west coast of Florida at the same time!

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is very small, so easy a short adventure but it packs in good stuff that leans toward local animals. The exhibits are well done and they just expanded to another building with more exhibits. We just missed the alligator exhibit opened the next week, but we saw the beginnings of it and looked great. The otters were super cute... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great Marine Environment Museum, on the way to Siesta Key or St Amand's Circle.....a trip worthwhile in itself, but combined with a few other venues...awesome!

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Holland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Typical aquarium with nothing spacial Kinda of humble version Some exhibits under construction My 2 year old child liked it 2-3 hour tour , no need for more time.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Clean with very friendly and educated volunteers. A must visit in this area. You can tell the sea life is well cared for.

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great for adults and children. Take the boat tour of the Bay and learn about the marine life of Sarasota Bay

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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very nice aquarium, with lots of educational opportunities aside from just watching the marine life. The displays were very well done, and the staff was eager to answer questions. The size was ideal for our 6 year old and 2 year old. They weren't overwhelmed, and it kept their attention.

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a visitor from Australia, I was pleasantly surprised by MOTE. I had never heard of it. Yet here was this wonderfully equipped, designed and staffed facility for tourists but with a very strong research component. The exhibits were well-presented and fascinating. I particularly liked the jellyfish exhibits and the manatees. I have to admit I had never heard of... More 

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