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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#5 of 143 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
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 outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed yesterday

Thank you to all the volunteers who make this a truly wonderful family experience. The Aquarium changes every year, so there's always something new to see. The megalodon jaws are back! <3

Thank Phil T
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived on a Wednesday late afternoon (close to 1PM) and stayed until 4PM. There is adequate parking and it wasn't super busy. This would be a great place to take younger children or pre-teens to enjoy learning about the marine life of Florida. There...More

Thank TheEnglerFamily
Reviewed yesterday

This place is a gem, the exhibits are just wonderful, so well laid out, with excellent views of the fish. Ever thing is so well explained and the staff are just fantastic with their knowledge and their willingness to help - so friendly. There are...More

Thank P J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit and learn. They do a lot of good work at Mote and you can see much of it. Kids of all ages love it. We have been several times and will return for sure.

Thank Dyche M
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's not huge like Sea World or the Tampa Aquarium however it does have several touch tanks, fossil mining (like gem mining), lots of little fish exhibits and a separate mammals building with 2 manatees, 2 sea turtles and 3 sea otters among a few...More

Thank O1682SVmaryb
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is interesting but if you have visited a Aquariun other places you may not want to do this one. If you have youg kids, it's for you.

Thank rslaaliensr
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have been twice. We were very impressed with all the different sea life. We would definitely return!

Thank GreatFood41
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter who loved it. While it's not large, it has enough exhibits to hold a toddler's interested for a few hours. It would be pricey but our zoo has reciprocal membership to Mote - if you belong to...More

Thank Denise E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Mote does an excellent job of taking care of marine life and sharing it with us. The volunteers are informative and the exhibits change frequently. It's very important to share how important sea life is and Mote explores lots of interesting stuff. Just know that...More

Thank Annette L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Took my 3 year old grandson to this exhibit. Wasn't sure what to expect. There are apparently tons of things to do. We just went through the aquarium. You walk through at your own pace. The large glass windows allow an excellent view of the...More

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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
January 16, 2017|
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Response from Timber238 | Reviewed this property |
$18.00 per person but well worth it. By car ,leave St Armands Circle and head for Longboat Key . Just prior to going over the causeway take a right and the Aquarium is on your right. It is well sign posted.
Marilyn B
June 25, 2016|
Response from Elizabeth P | Reviewed this property |
We called the day before to reserve a spot for a boat tour. They took our names and said they would phone us if the tour was cancelled, weather, not enough people and such. I do not think they billed our credit card until... More