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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
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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 exhibits. Watch researchers at work

This is not your entertainment type aquarium. Sure, there are tanks of fish, exhibits, and neat things. But, this place is first and foremost a laboratory. Real research is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Venice, Florida
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

small aquarium for the kids. they do a show. kids can touch fish. there is also a boat ride for is really nice

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not your entertainment type aquarium. Sure, there are tanks of fish, exhibits, and neat things. But, this place is first and foremost a laboratory. Real research is happening and visitors can see it happen. You can watch them train and feed sharks on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11am. Get there early so you can get a good... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited with two children ages 7 and 9. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were able to touch tide pool creatures and learn about them. They loved the stingray touch pool. The highlight was without a doubt the shark training program. We had to pry them away from the below the water viewing area. Don't miss the second building just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I are science oriented so we appreciated this experience and support the endeavors of the Mote staff to promote aquatic life preservation, nurturing, and education. Our visit was very interactive. We especially enjoyed the turtle exhibits where rescued turtles become so personnel by freely coming so close out of such curiosity. What a great experiance!

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been here only 3 times with family. The kids were fascinated by the displays. Sometimes the live sea animals are in the water pens for people to touch and see up close but not always. It does not take long to go thru the aquarium and they have a small restaurant there if you want to lunch. Personally... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed visiting on a hot afternoon. Nice exhibits. We've had salt water aquariums so it's alway a treat to visit an aquarium on a huge scale such as this. The otters were fun to watch, very entertaining. We learned some interesting facts from the lab displays.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wanted to take a boat ride to look for dolphins, manatees, whatever wildlife we could see based on a local who takes her kids to the marine frequently. We could get discount tickets for doing the tour and the aquarium--luck would have it that we are members of our local city zoo back home and was able to a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a very good experience for all the kids,and it was very cool to go there and see all the exhibits.I would especially recommend this place if you have younger kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have visited the Mote several times over the past 6 years during our visits to Sarasota. My now-7 year old daughter has been twice as a visitor and once participated in a day-long homeschool day camp. It is a great spot for visiting and local families who want a break from one of the world's best beaches (as if!).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took my three grandkids here after Lido Beach and they loved it! What an enjoyable way to spend the hottest part of the day. There were several exhibits for everybody to enjoy as well as some interactive ones. It reminded me of the marine laboratory and aquarium on the recent finding Dory Disney movie. They even have a tank... More 

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