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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Okay, but no big deal

This place is much hyped, but can't compare to some of the premier Aquaria in the Country, e.g. the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Davenport, Iowa
Great little outing with the little one.

Went here with our 17 month old daughter so she could see some sea life up close. They have many... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
timothy r
Niagara Falls, New York
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is much hyped, but can't compare to some of the premier Aquaria in the Country, e.g. the Shedd Aquarium, etc. It's really pretty mundane and over-priced.

Thank dcraig612
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here with our 17 month old daughter so she could see some sea life up close. They have many interactive exhibits and lots of stuff to see. Be prepared for a significant walk between the buildings but other than that it was definitely worth...More

Thank timothy r
Reviewed 3 days ago

We heard all about this place from someone in town and said it was a must to see and learn about the work they do there

Thank ksltcjohnson
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great tour with knowledgeable guides. Get off on island for a short walk. Snack’s on board. Bring sunscreen and do not sit in the front unless you enjoy getting a bit wet with spray.

Thank BrinksLawFirm
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Attended a wedding reception during the labour day weekend. It was in the evening so the place was closed to the public. The inside space was used for the initial cocktail reception. It was air conditioned. It was followed by the reception outdoors passed the...More

Thank Rose A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited while we were on vacation in Florida. Came across by accident. What an interesting, inviting, entertaining and educational facility. We enjoyed every minute of our visit. Facilities were clean and did not smell like many aquariums. Was able to stroll leisurely among the exhibits...More

Thank tom646
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spend a couple of hours at the Mote this week and really enjoyed the layout of the facility, the great volunteers who enriched the experience and the chance to see sharks, Otters, Alligators and especially the two Manatees in an uncrowded pleasant setting.

Thank Ben B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits span a couple large buildings. Lots of ggod things to look at, but there is also a lot of text that you have to read to know what you are looking at. Fortunately, there are a lot of volunteer docents who are happy...More

Thank cfpatty
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved moving through the Lab and Aquarium and found many of the exhibits fascinating. My wife fell in love with the Manatees. You can wander through the place and when you get tired there are plenty of places to sit inside and outside.

Thank dragons44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hour and 45 minute boat tour and hike on small key. Netted small crabs and fish to pass around. Great scenery.

1  Thank DickandRobin
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February 11, 2018|
Response from RckMtn12 | Reviewed this property |
No active duty only.
January 10, 2018|
Response from Melissa 9 |
$22 for adults, kids 0-2 & active duty military are free.