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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#4 of 143 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
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 outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I am so glad we chose the Mote! I picked it due to the research aspect of it. We saw 3 kinds of shark, many tropical fish, seahorses, crabs, rays, turtles, manatees and otters. Staff are plentiful and engaging. They provide information about exhibits and...More

Thank BethT036
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful learning center and aquarium..lots to do for all family member and close to St Armand's circle for a meal or ice cream after. Well maintained, great camps and ongoing learning opportunities for students all the wayfair up,to high school.

Thank _tsdifiore1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Full of beautiful displays, helpful staff, and wonderous creatures. A must do if you are staying in the area.

Thank Hyla B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was excellent, we spent around half a day here, which is about enough. The exhibits are truly fascinating, ranging from tiny sea creatures such as sea horses, jelly fish and anenomes, to the lovely Manitees, turtle, alligators and the huge tank filled with a...More

Thank surfdude101
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Mote Aquarium is a great place to kill a few hours while visiting Sarasota. This was our first visit and the 2 12-year-olds had a good time along with us parental units! Large enough to spend 2-4 hours checking out the two different venues....More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Here, scientists, working students and volunteers help assess the level of stress on local marine populations caused by humans, and help the public become aware while enjoying the animals housed here. A great place for a hot day, kids or older visitors since the "tour...More

Thank camptown1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was here with my dad, brother, and nephew for Father's Day. We had fun here! We didn't see any of the manatees or turtles. But the sharks, seahorses, and jelly fish where cool!

Thank Ellie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

All ages will enjoy meandering through the Mote aquarium. The otter exhibit was my favorite to watch and the 'Oh Baby' and "Molly the Mollusk' exhibits were educational. From a comparison perspective, I have visited other aquariums that were more expansive and that I've enjoyed...More

Thank GlogowskiGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We lived our visit to the Mote. Lots of interesting exhibits... very well done. This is great for kids and adults alike.

Thank LuvMontana
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mote is simply great. The new otter exhibit is well done. The otters are very active and seem to know when the show is about to start. Watching the Manatees eat the heads of Romaine lettuce is very entertaining. They are remodeling to turtle...More

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How much time should you allow to visit?
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
How do we get there n what's they cost ?
January 16, 2017|
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Response from Timber238 | Reviewed this property |
$18.00 per person but well worth it. By car ,leave St Armands Circle and head for Longboat Key . Just prior to going over the causeway take a right and the Aquarium is on your right. It is well sign posted.
Marilyn B
Can we sign up today for the boat trip tomorrow? What are the times available?
June 25, 2016|
Response from Elizabeth P | Reviewed this property |
We called the day before to reserve a spot for a boat tour. They took our names and said they would phone us if the tour was cancelled, weather, not enough people and such. I do not think they billed our credit card until... More