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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles” (306 reviews)
“shark tank” (104 reviews)
“touch tank” (62 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Mote is the best aquarium I have seen in Florida. The exhibits are spacious, the layout is very appealing, and the exhibits contain information that is educational for people of all ages. I really enjoyed that this aquarium is not "dumbed down" to please children...More

Thank kcmontalvo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for family, visitors, or just to browse on your own. Always updating exhibits. A great place to learn about the Gilf if Mexic from dedicated docents.

Thank cneidig1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful aquarium. We visited with our teenage grandson. Especially fun to watch the feeding of the seals. Grandma, grandpa and grandson all enjoyed our visit.

Thank Francesca J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent marine life and aviary site, comprised of 3 parts. The comprehensive Aquaria are housed within several buildings at 2 separate locations. Don't miss the expansive aviary, located between the 2 marine locations.

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place to visit, the aquarium is spread out over several acres and very nice. The manatees are well worth visiting though a part of me felt very sorry for the confined space they live in. Hopefully over time their home can be expanded and...More

Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for kids to walk around and see and touch different sea life. Also took the boat tour which was so much fun! It was a little under 2 hour boat ride, but we saw a ton of dolphins birds and even a manatee....More

Thank 574serenak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mote has always offered a great way to learn about sea life! Recently added both an alligator and an otter exhibit! A fun way to learn about life in the waters around Florida.

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best attractions in Florida! We loved the educational exhibits and observation areas. The laboratory is laid out really well and not crowded. The animals have great enclosures and tanks. Plan to spend 2-3 hours to see the main building and wander over...More

Thank chewyemmy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time here. It was a nice aquarium overall. A little smaller than we anticipated. It is not fancy like Shed or Ripleys which I found refreshing as you can tell they are there to rescue those who can’t be placed back...More

Thank JKZee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoy our visit it was wonderful to see the sea turtles swimming in a tank. The mote offers a lot of information regarding how their staff aids in the preservation of the sea turtles

Thank jmrosey1967
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ebone28
27 September 2017|
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Response from Darren H | Reviewed this property |
yes, if your little one likes looking at fish in tanks. there are plenty to see. would need to have a decent concentration span as it is quite a large site.
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Daisy T
27 August 2017|
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Response from SandyCee2468 | Reviewed this property |
I mean manatee sorry!
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barbjburkey
22 February 2017|
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Response from familytraveler81 | Reviewed this property |
there are two buildings to Mote - neither is huge with tons of exhibits, however it is very educational. If you are going to want to spend time reading and observing in the educational areas and want to participate in the... More
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