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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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Moat marine laboratory

A never miss stop find our trips to Florida is the Mount Marine aquarium and laboratory on Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota Florida. They have two permanent manatees, Hugh and... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A never miss stop find our trips to Florida is the Mount Marine aquarium and laboratory on Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota Florida. They have two permanent manatees, Hugh and Buffet to visit. Countless other displays/exhibits of local sea life found in the area. Loggerhead turtles, see horses, stingrays, octopus, and of course sharks. There is even a "touch and... More 

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Wallington, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our time here, one of the great things about it is that its not only for kids, its for families, couples, etc. We learned a lot and caught a couple of the animal feedings. We touched a baby shark and my boyfriend touched a stingray. We had a great time!

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to learn about the environment, meet a few playful friends, and explore! Definitely worth the experience. Also, need to visit Save our Seabirds next door.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to learn about Florida sea life, simply amazing place. Great activity for a rainy day when you have friends in town.

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very educational. Learn about Mantees,Dolphins, pat the stingrays, Shark tank and open tanks for the kids to touch. They rehab Dolphins. Manatees and Sea Turtle. Great place for the family.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Some of it needs updating but very interesting with lots of fish and sharks to look at. Lots of children there so obviously a good educational place. Would recommend a visit and easy to park and find

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice small facility, they had a nice things to look at, there was a few volunteers that very helpful. Overall selection is worth a trip for 2 or 3 hours of entertainment. We drive from Naples FL to Sarasota, it was a little over 2 hours drive so all good but would I make a long trip to visit... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I can't believe this place is not the #1 attraction...it is wonderful!!!! My favorites were the octopus, manatees and sea horses. The octopus is super entertaining with his constant movement, color changes and fascinating body. I could have watched him all day! I love manatees and enjoyed watching the pair, especially when one played with the blind green sea turtle.... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We love the Mote Aquarium. The manatees are a favorite but there is much to see and learn about. They raise seahorses for other aquariums and have injured turtles they have rescued.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Every year we visit the Mote Aquarium. It has become an annual tradition. It is not a huge aquarium, but we love it. We typically spend 2-3 hours there. The stingray touch tank is great. The volunteers are very nice and are always willing to share their knowledge. There are two separate building a short distance from one another, each... More 

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