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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
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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Mote Aquarium

A great experience to see the marine life they rescue and other projects they work on! I enjoy coming here several times a year.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A great experience to see the marine life they rescue and other projects they work on! I enjoy coming here several times a year.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Excellent facility with a wealth of interesting information in the aquarium sections. By visiting you are also helping to support vital research work that is helping to maintain the natural environment around the Florida coast.

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Thank Andrew M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a great place for families and kids. It has alot of interesting things to do, including a boat tour on Sarasota Bay. I like this place mainly because they all truly care about the local wildlife and aren't in it for the money. They're a great asset to the community

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Tyler, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited with 7 adults and 2 kids and this aquarium definetly had something for everyone! It has beautiful fish and animal including sharks and manatees which were our favorite. Break up your week at the beach with a day having fun at the aquarium. You will be glad you did!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Great place to spend the day if it's raining or if you are looking to a beach alternative. Kids loved the shark feeding and touch tanks as well as the manatees. Easy drive from Anna Maria!

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Thank Karen R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Obviously if your going to an aquarium you have some type of love for animals.Mote is the best place to get your sea life fix! From sharks to sea turtles they cover all the basis. Not to mention Mote Marine it's self does so many great things for the community and research to make us better understand how to save... More 

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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great day out- combined with the Sarasota Bay Explorer Eco Tour which shouldn't be missed. Super for kids and adults alike when you see how hard these guys are working to protect the area it makes the cost of the tickets worthwhile- thoroughly recommended.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Excellent. Do the museum take the boat tour. Well worth the money and you will see not only what is in the water but you will see the many sights on shore. We enjoy taking many of our guest to Mote. Great for the kids.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you have been to a really good aquarium this will seem mediocre. On the other hand if you have kids under 15 this would be a nice place for a rainy afternoon or when the kids are too sunburned to go to the beach again. The exhibits have a small amount of information on the different fish. They do... More 

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Sarasota, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

We love Mote Marine Aquarium. We take all of our out of town visitors there. It's not flashy - but laid back is a gulf coast thing, so it fits perfectly.

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