We really enjoyed this aquarium - it had a good balance of small fish (with information signs and volunteers contributing helpful information), and large - manatees, sharks, loggerhead turtles, and a dolphin rescue area. It reminded me of the Clearwater Aquarium, but on a larger scale. We spent several hours there and enjoyed the sea lion show, which we caught when we first arrived. Two hours later, as we were leaving, the next show was starting. Mote is split between 2 buildings, with the majority of it housed in the main building, while the larger fish and mammals were across the street. Very nice, easy to get around, and the sea lions were probably the highlight, as far as interactivity goes. If you stay for the immersion experience, you'll spend more time there. I think it's more for younger kids, so we didn't do it. There is also a separate fee boating expedition, but we did not sign up for that, as some of us get seasick too easily.