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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

#4 of 141 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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I have visited this aquarium twice, with my last visit during November of last year. It is really... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Connie H
Nashville, Tennessee
Nice Place

We decided to take the kids on a quick day trip and ended up at the Mote Marine Laboratory. There... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Reviewed yesterday

I have visited this aquarium twice, with my last visit during November of last year. It is really nice, and has great exhibits. It is well worth your time to visit! ENJOY! The animals are beautiful!

Thank Connie H
Reviewed yesterday

We decided to take the kids on a quick day trip and ended up at the Mote Marine Laboratory. There was not much going on, but I found the exhibits to be educational, and the kids loved it. The new area, with the otters and...More

Thank Derek E
Reviewed yesterday

We've been here three times and have never been disappointed. It's a great place to be both entertained and educated about the sea. Recommend taking the Sarasota Bay Explorers pontoon cruise; it's a great way to see more of the area as well as learn...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Sea turtles, manatee, and otters oh my!! Even an OCTOPUS!! A marine animal lover's dream. The set up is kind of weird with 2 separate buildings across the street from each other, but worth the small walk. Very affordable and worth the money.

Thank Brandon T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We planned to go to another aquarium in clearwater until we found out about Mote Marine, which was 10 minutes from us. We are so glad we did! All of the years of going to Sarasota, this was an unexpected surprise! My kids are 6...More

Thank Daisy6219
Reviewed 2 days ago

Impressive setting, buildings, educational opportunity with lots of fun! Some hands-on, certainly close up with everything. Favorite memory was the winter with guest penguins, wish they could return! Well informed staff, receptive to questions and conversation.

Thank Sandy4556
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A very enjoyable day can be spent here. Some people review Mote and make comparisons to other aquariums around the country. This aquarium has lots to see and do with a large variety of nice exhibits. The difference with Mote is that it is a...More

Thank Sddponce
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You won't regret the $20 ticket to go in. You'll see so many different things that I would honestly pay $30 plus knowing the money goes in to the lab to help conservation work makes it even better.

Thank Logan H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to spend an afternoon. Not a large aquarium, but the tanks were really pretty. Really enjoyed the jellyfish.

Thank joycefromnaples
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited Motes and wasn't disappointed. The boat trip was brilliant, got to see dolphins swimming in the bay next to the boat as we were on our trip. The marine biologist was very informative and fun. The aquarium was brilliant to visit, so many exhibitions:...More

Thank Stephen S
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How much time should you allow to visit?
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
How do we get there n what's they cost ?
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
Can we sign up today for the boat trip tomorrow? What are the times available?
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