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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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We had a great time. Turtles, sharks, otters, lots of fish, manatees, and more. Nice employees... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
denisemwynn
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Great Aquarium. Well Done.

This Aquarium is well worth the stop. Plan to spend several hours. The exhibits are well designed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Rodan46
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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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“sea turtles” (313 reviews)
“shark tank” (113 reviews)
“touch tank” (66 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great time. Turtles, sharks, otters, lots of fish, manatees, and more. Nice employees working to watch over the animals. Petted manta ray and a sting ray. Cool.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This Aquarium is well worth the stop. Plan to spend several hours. The exhibits are well designed and quite educational. There is a nice section with sea turtles and manatees in a separate building. There are also river otters and numerous displays of corals, fish,...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I came here with my boyfriend and my parents for a day when we decided to take a break from the beach. We had a great time. The staff are volunteers and were super friendly. Best part was touching the sting rays and seeing the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our friend had his party here at night. We were treated to all the exhibits. The staff are all volunteers and they were all friendly and helpful. They have everything from jellyfish to sharks!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting place with some good introduction to the marine life in Florida and more. Lot’s of different pools with both tropical fish and local ones. However the pool for both the manatees and sharks looked kind of small for these animals. Interesting but not extraordinary

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent displays and staff. Shark tank was spectacular. Otters were highly entertaining Definitely go.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This aquarium is actually more of a research center. While it's a great place to spend an afternoon visiting the animals (sea turtles, otters, fish galore, alligators, shark tank), MOTE also has awesome Lunch & Learn programs, movie nights, yoga with the sharks and other...More

Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice place, although not as large as some other aquariums. We enjoyed the otters and manatees the most.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the aquarium and all of the volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable. We asked lots of questions and learned so much about the aquarium and their purpose in helping the marine life. The manatee were my usual favorites. They were eating lettuce while...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Mote Marine with my grandchildren over a dozen times and it never fails to delight us.

Thank Kathryn F
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January 10, 2018|
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$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.
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