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“Fun with fish”

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Ranked #13 of 151 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
Reviewed February 3, 2014

My husband was the main motivator for our visit to the Mote on a rainy day in Sarasota. While I tagged along somewhat reluctantly, I have to admit that I was fascinated by the unusual species of fish living and displayed there. The volunteer guides are very knowledgeable and their narratives added much to the experience.The afternoon turned out to be a lot of fun and I would encourage everyone, especially those with children of all ages, to stop in for a visit.

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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

I love all the interactive activities for children (& adults) It is small but interesting too see the rehabilitation they do for injured sea animals. They also have squished pennies so if your a collector bring lots of pennies & quarters :)

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

OK, it would be fine for a sunny day too but after 3 days of rain, we were going stir-crazy so decided to drive here. It was a great experience, exhibits are well done, there are a couple of touch tanks, and the volunteers are very well informed. The sea turtles, manatees, and dolphin are in a building across the road from the rest of the aquarium so if you go on a rainy day, take an umbrella.

Thank Hola4876
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

They had plenty of volunteers around to tell you about the exhibits. We felt there could have been more tanks with more types of ocean life. We tried to get into the movie section at 10:55 for the 11:00 showing.The door was already locked. The section with turtles was too dark to see them well. The Manatees area had a good display. The informational placards and displays were very helpful.

1  Thank orgelmeister7
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Not as large as most aquariums, but quite a bit to see. For one thing, there's a (dead) giant squid on display. The only problem is that the squid won't be back in Sarasota for some time (I was told another year or so).

The turtles, the manatees and the dolphins are in a separate building, and are well worth seeing. In the main building, don't miss the stingray pool - you can actually pet the rays - and the hatchery, at the very end.

It's kind of pricey, but if you combine it with a boat tour, you get a fairly good deal. And make sure to get coupons, either from their website, or from any number of tourist publications.

Thank ExpatriateInGermany
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