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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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Super cool...especially if you have kids!

Want to pet a stingray in a safe and controlled place? This is it. This is an actually research laboratory, which is very cool. Plus, your admission fee is happing marine life.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Exton, PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This isn't that big of an aquarium but my family was looking forward to seeing the dolphins. Sadly they took that tank out. Overall the aquarium grows every time we go but it feels like it is always missing stuff. Overall it's just OK

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Exton, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Want to pet a stingray in a safe and controlled place? This is it. This is an actually research laboratory, which is very cool. Plus, your admission fee is happing marine life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just love aquariums try to visit if they have one. Good experience the staff very freindly and knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Children loved the jellyfish exhinit and sharks. Touching the sting rays was also a fun activity. Need to improve the cafeteria though..very few options.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to see what was there. The gator exhibit was just being done so didn't get to see that part.Saw an otter display which was interesting. Great place to take your kids or grandchildren.

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Winneconne, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took the kids and my grand daughter to the aquarium for an afternoon! My 1 year old grand daughter was mesmerized by this place! It is hard finding a place to entertain such a young gal, but this is entertainment for all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Entertaining, awe-inspiring, educational, comprehensive, something for everyone to more than enjoy ! The little restaurant was family (and vegan) friendly and a life saver for a mom dealing with young children /w food allergies. That was a bonus to the excursion!

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Fredericktown, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I expected so much more out of this attraction. The main building wasn't too bad, and had some nice exhibits. However, the second building was a bit unorganized. Also, to get to the other building, you had to walk quite a bit aways. For someone with any kind of limitations, this would not be an easy task. Maybe offering that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

visiting and seeing how Marine life in Florida is doing. Otters and Alligators is a new museum area to enjoy. Friendly docents and always a good boat ride to the bay. Be sure to take the ride, see some dolphins (more likely later in the day) and learn about the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a nice time walking through this aquarium. It was not too packed when we went through. Perhaps they should add a show of some sort in order to spice it up. Overall, good visit, do recommend.

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