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“Great place for all ages to visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Ranked #6 of 130 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.
Bradenton, Florida
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place for all ages to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place is awesome...they have many species of fish to view...the best part are the sea creatures they rescue and take care of when they find them sick or injured...nice day for the family!

Visited September 2013
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“Great place to spend an afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The two stand out things for me were the rescued turtles and seeing the manatees. They also had a rescued dolphin. The whole thing was very informative and kids that were there loved the hands on things like touching the rays or searching for fossils in the little river.

Visited August 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“I could come here every week and learn something.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The Mote is a unique experience loved by young and old. You can't visit here and not come away without learning a lot. I love the dolphin enclosure and seeing the manatees. The children love petting the rays and seeing all the seahorses. My granddaughters did an early morning session with the trainers and scientist and were just thrilled with the experience.

Visited June 2014
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buffalo
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“fun for the kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We ventured here on a hot day away from the beach. It is pricey, so come prepared (It was $60+ for two adults, one teen, and one child-kids under three are free). Ask for the AAA discount. It is not as extensive as other aquariums, but the kids still loved it. The sea turtles are especially great. There is a short walk (maybe two minutes) to the second building, but it's not a problem by any stretch. (Note that you cannot pay to enter there, you must go to the main building). If your kids like sharks, there is a great display, too. The staff is very friendly and helpful. A good way to spend the day!

Visited July 2014
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Virginia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Visit the aquarium and support a good cause”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is actually a surprisingly large aquarium. They have an indoor section and an outdoor section. Inside, there is a great assortment of tropical fish and other marine species. But outside is were the real party is! Very cool shark tank with views from above and below. Dolphin tank where the staff helps local dolphins in need. Sting ray pool where the kiddies can pet the bottom feeders. And of course, the penguin exhibit!!! You could spend a long time laughing at the silly things these guys do and the staff is very knowledgable so I doubt anybody could stump them with a question. If you are on a date or looking for souvenirs from Florida, don't miss the gift shop. Your date will definitely give you brownie points and the people back home will want to hear all about the awesome experience you had at the aquarium.

Visited September 2013
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