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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 via mobile

A great place to spend a day! The staff are very knowledgeable about the animals on exhibit. There is a shark tank . The otters are fun to watch and they now have alligators and caimans.

Thank Tracey2day
Reviewed yesterday

Obviously a popular entertainment venue for visitors... and potentially a useful learning tool for those who care about the condition of our marine environment. I personally found this a sad place for these fish (and mammals) in a very artificial environment. The sad lonely grouper,...More

Thank westiefans
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love manatee so this was awesome for me. They do have a shark tank that you can look at from above awesome!

Thank Kristina S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It's a fun Aquarium. Great for kids. The otters were great to watch. Entrance was $22 per adult. I felt bad for the manatees - they looked depressed.

Thank milkyjo53
Reviewed 3 days ago

Mote Marine is a small aquarium. They started out as a research lab to protect sea life and has turned into an attraction. It has many of Florida's aquatic life and information about our surrounding waters. It will take about 1 1/2 hours to get...More

Thank sunsets222
Reviewed 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 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 5 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

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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