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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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An old favorite that always delights!

While our kids and 2 yr. old grandson were here and the temperature dipped very low, we bundled up... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Leejoe
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Nokomis, Florida
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Not the best aquarium but interesting

In my opinion, not worth the money but a nice place to visit with kids. Just read they will Be... read more

Reviewed yesterday
tnc2016
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Sarasota, Florida
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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” (310 reviews)
“shark tank” (108 reviews)
“touch tank” (64 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 yesterday via mobile

While our kids and 2 yr. old grandson were here and the temperature dipped very low, we bundled up and headed out to show little guy some cool things like manatees, otters and very big fish. Being Mote members, my husband and I always love...More

Thank Leejoe
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

In my opinion, not worth the money but a nice place to visit with kids. Just read they will Be constructing new 130 million dollar aquarium with an expected 70k visitors their first year At Benderson Park on the SRQ/Bradenton line - to be completed...More

Thank tnc2016
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a very interesting and fun place to visit. While the exhibits were interesting and fun, it is all the volunteers that share their knowledge about the exhibit that really made our visit so wonderful.

Thank Preston M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Went with my husband and parents and enjoyed the day looking at the exhibits and talking with the volunteers who were very informative. The aquarium is in one building and then you have a small walk to where they have the manatees, turtles, etc. They...More

Thank Beth K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A very nice facility but was a little turned off in the first few minutes. Knowing that organizations like this rely on both paid staff and volunteers (in kind donations of labor), saying no a few times to a paying customer before saying hello is...More

Thank Jg0682
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went over to the Mote late morning with our 2 year old granddaughter who was visiting from up north. Arrived before 11 am on weekday avoiding a big line. (Used local coupon to save a little and 2 yo was free.). Arrived a shark feeding...More

Thank Steven S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a great day exploring the Mote Aquarium and taking one of the pontoon boat cruises with a biologist on board. Fascinating place with a real down-home feel. Not a fancy place, but rather a place based more on sharing the science of the...More

Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Mote has a fine collection of marine animals and exhibits that are engaging for all ages. In addition to what I learned in other reviews two things that I wish I’d known before. 1. There are two buildings; the Main Aquarium and the Marine...More

Thank Susan_1611
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife, myself, daughter and son-in-law visited the aquarium and enjoyed the day there. The aquarium is older but still offered an array of information about marine life and the volunteers do a very good job answering questions and explaining the many different spices of...More

Thank DEL K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing learning center. For the entire family of all ages. Jelly fish, turtles, blue lobsters, exotic fish, even can feed the manatees lettuce. They have dolphins in a tank, lots of "on hands" shells, sea urchins, things that are in the Gulf Of Mexico &...More

Thank carolynthepilot
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ARnana53
February 11, 2018|
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No active duty only.
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waves40
January 10, 2018|
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$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.
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