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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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“sea turtles” (304 reviews)
“shark tank” (104 reviews)
“touch tanks” (96 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took our grandchild here while she was with us for the summer, she love the touch tanks seahorses and of course the sharks she couldn’t stop talking about it . She also flipped when it was feeding time for he manatees.great learning experience for...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Friendliest volunteers around, each one with a personal story and anecdotes about the wildlife. Everyone was so passionate and it felt good to know the money spent was going towards research and sustainability of aquatic creatures.

Thank Kyle Y
Reviewed 6 days ago

We opted for the combined ticket for the aquarium and the boat trip - we were not disappointed. The 1hr 45 min boat trip was led by a marine biologist who made the trip both informative and fun. We saw lots of dolphin, which was...More

Thank SKL90
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was very educational to my wife and I. We recommend it and children would find it fun! Worth the price.

Thank Judson H
Reviewed 1 week ago

bring a camera and comfortable shoes. Learned about sharks and that they can be trained ! Spent about 2.5 hours. Visited during week, wasn't crowded or noisey. Leafy sea dragons are always interesting. Enjoyable and entertaining. They have hands on pools. Great way to spend...More

Thank Don H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My guests loved the manatees. Nice touch tanks for children. Fascinating displays. Don't miss the naturalist boat trip. They collect and release specimens. Very interesting and informative. Everyone loved it.

Thank twodoglady
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably one of the best in the area, it also helps to conserve animals and the environment, great way to Manatees up close

Thank prs54fmpu
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have wanted to visit for a while, but haven't made the time until this trip to FL. Great docents in the aquarium (all volunteers) and great displays. We really enjoyed all of the exhibits. We recommend taking the time the read all of the...More

Thank earsm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is awesome. We didn't know there was a boat tour part of the aquarium and were pleasantly surprised.

Thank Judy_Jackson1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We buy annual membership at Mote Marine to allow us to go as often as possible. It's a wonderful place to see the manatees as well as the sea turtles and other sea animals. The touch tank for the manta rays is a huge hit...More

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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