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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 941-388-4441
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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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Mote Aquarium is A MUST DO...especially on a rainy day

Before you visit Mote Marine and pay full price for your family's tickets... are you a current member of a zoo or aquarium where you reside? Your current membership card will save... read more

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Sarasota FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Before you visit Mote Marine and pay full price for your family's tickets... are you a current member of a zoo or aquarium where you reside? Your current membership card will save you and your family 50% off Mote Aquarium admission tickets. I am coupon conscious, and have found the BEST value is to purchase a yearly membership to receive... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a very nice thing to do in Sarasota. A great deal of marine life, information, interaction, and activity going on here. A good place to go on a rainy day also. There is a nice bird encounter on site as well.

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of the bigger aquariums I have encountered. We enjoyed all the varieties of sea life. The baby circle to me seemed a bit misleading however I understand you can't have a ton of mammal babies not with their mothers as this would be too stressful. This was a family outing with 8 of us in different ages.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mote is a good option for parents looking for kid-friendly spots. I took my 2-year old grandson and he loved it. He could come face-to- face with a giant sea turtle bigger than he was, separated by a glass wall at his eye level. He also enjoyed watching sharks through the glass wall. Mote also offers a good boat ride... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good place to go on a hot day and enjoy fabulous sea creatures. It was comfortable inside. It was a learning experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to go for all ages and great value. Loved the otters that have been added since our last visit. Most of the areas are under cover, so if you need some time to get out of the sun, it's a great place to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been on a number of occasions, but the best was last year when we enrolled our 2 youngest grand sons in their summer camp for learning. The boys loved it so much, they returned this year for another week of learning and fun. This is now our new summer tradition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a total must for anyone visiting South West Florida. If in the area, go there. Very family friendly. Great day out

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I travel to Sarasota every spring break. I have been to the Mote over 15 times. It is a great research facility and aquarium. What I love about the Mote is the exhibits and how they educate the public about their laboratory and research. For example, you will see a tank of sharks and then you will read signs about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love visiting Mote! There's a lot to see and the kids love the touch pools. We also love reading about all the work Mote does in terms of research and animal conservation.

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