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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
Phone Number: +1 941-388-4441
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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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More than an aquarium

This is a working marine lab which has nice displays (like a traditional aquarium) but much more. Mote is involved in repopulating the Florida coral reefs by growing small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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New Jersey
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a working marine lab which has nice displays (like a traditional aquarium) but much more. Mote is involved in repopulating the Florida coral reefs by growing small corals, very involved in protecting sea turtle eggs on the beaches of LBK and other marine conservation projects. The exhibits are well done but not overwhelming. It was very quiet on... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

wonderful aquarium to take the entire family the otters are just fun to watch them frolic, and the children are mesmerized

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Stittsville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent over 2 hrs there looking at all the exhibits. Marinelli few from everywhere. Wasn't too expensive.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This research lab is open to the public and is home to most of our endangered aquatic species. You'll get a hands-on experience petting them and Winter the dolphin lives on the premises.

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Brough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a great time here. Not really an aquarium type of person but this was just the right size to enjoy. The manatees and the turtles were the highlight of the visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great way to spend a few hours on a cloudy day. This place has some great fish and marine related exhibits, such as Manatee and Otters. The volunteers were extremely knowledgable and very keen to pass on their knowledge to the visitors, they left you with the impression that they were very proud of their aquarium and we're... More 

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good collection of large and small marine animals. One of few opportunities to see manatees. Plan to spend a few hours.

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Edwards, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everyone at the Aquarium as very knowledgeable and helpful. Seeing the many varieties of fish and underwater species/organisms was really an eye opener. Nice interactive displays. Highlight was seeing the two manatees and three playful otters. A great education for both children and adults. Also loved the new beautifully assembled coral aquarium.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice Aquarium with well maintained tanks and a beautiful large tank with manatees. Good place to take the kids on a cloudy day and don't forget to visit the bird zoo across the street (not affiliated) but worth visiting.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an amazing facility - highly recommend - not just your run-of-the-mill aquarium - truly exceptional! Some of our favorites were the sea horses , jellyfish, manatees, sea turtles - and so many exotic creatures we have never seen before. Well worth the trip!!!

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