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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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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Great place to take your kids and for you BIG KIDS to enjoy, also

The Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium is a favorite here in he Sarasota area. From sharks to dolphins you will find interesting specimens of Florida sea life here. Don't forget to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium is a favorite here in he Sarasota area. From sharks to dolphins you will find interesting specimens of Florida sea life here. Don't forget to visit Hugh and Buffet two very large manatees, at the aquarium. There is also a cafe, on site, and a nice gift shop for your souvenirs.

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This local aquarium is awesome!!! All of the volunteers and really knowledgeable and nice. The exhibits are great!!! The sea turtles, manatees, and the otters are the best!!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I didn't plan on visiting. I have been to many aquariums over many years, but with plenty of free time available after seeing a roadsign, I plugged the location in the old GPS and there I ventured. First impression? I stepped back to old time Florida. Almost thought I was in sixties Florida. This is not your "Ripleys" style aquarium.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty unique in seeing baby turtles and general rescue cases. Sea horses are amazing too, and the jelly fish. Not a big place (actually 2 sites) but worth a half day visit

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

I grew up in sarasota and Mote Marine is a staple for the kids. In school, we took field trips almost every year. We went recently went with our nieces and nephews and (4 -7) and they LOVED it. There is a sting ray petting 'pool' that we spent 30 minutes at and make sure you go over to the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For a fascinating educational experience for all ages, we love the Mote! Beautiful sea creature exhibits and lots of helpful infomation really broaden your understanding of the coastal waterways and their inhabitants. Kid friendly hands-on exhibits are fun for all ages, too. It is cool inside, with restrooms and places to sit and take it all in or take a... More 

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Aurora, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend visiting Mote! It was awesome to see huge sea turtles up close being fed fish and squid. There is a sea turtle that is best friends with two manatees and they are pure joy to behold. The aquarium is full of surprises. Along with sharks, manta rays, and seahorses....They have a preserved, fully intact, 37 ft Giant Squid... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This venue is so much more than just an aquarium. You can get up close to wonderful sea life in a very educational setting. There is lots of information regarding the environment and how we can reduce the devastation along with insights to what is happening in the laboratory.

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Ripley, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I wanted to check out the marine and aquarium to see how they are working to preserve the sea life. It was a very informative tour. Will definitely visit again.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was not our first visit to Mote Marine (5th time). We always enjoy the conservation way they take care of the animals and releasing animals when possible. They had interesting information on the increase of turtle nests which could be related to their protected status. The boat trip around the bay is a must. Book it just outside the... More 

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