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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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+1 941-388-4441
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Wonderful Aquarium

This aquarium is great. I love the open air set up. There were otters on display that were a joy to watch. My 10 month old daughter just loved looking at everything. The big fish... read more

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Youngsville, North Carolina
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Youngsville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This aquarium is great. I love the open air set up. There were otters on display that were a joy to watch. My 10 month old daughter just loved looking at everything. The big fish tanks and the manatees were her favorite. We can't wait to bring her back when she gets older to do the hand on activities.

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Clarksboro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very nice aquarium with beautiful exhibits. The tanks are beautiful with a large amount of live coral. Saw many fish and coral that I had never seen before. There are a lot of very helpful, knowledgeable volunteers to answer your questions and provide information. Not crowded so you can enjoy your visit. We did not have children... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited Mote to tour the Aquarium and we chose to experience the Shark Encounter. The biologist Michele Taylor who worked with us was patient, so knowledgeable and good at answering questions. My grandson ( 13 1/2 ) was chatting the whole way home about it. Lauren, in the education department was extremely helpful and great follow-up in making the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had family and a couple of hours, there was A cloud in the sky so we made a stop at Mote Marine Aquarium. Exciting, curiosity, big tanks, hands on displays, so much to see, take the time and walk across the street for even more!!! Stroller friendly, was quite loud from excitement! Great Stop!! Family loved it!

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Kokomo, IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My kids asked for an aquarium visit while we were in Florida. My husband found this on google and we went without reading any reviews so I wasn't expecting much. Wow was I impressed. This place is really well designed for visitors. There is plenty of space around the exhibits. It was very busy the day we went (could hardly... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting place to visit. The only reason I don't give a better score is because of the location. I visited in Feb. and that area is over-run with snowbirds and the traffic is horrendous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been at the aquarium many times, we love to go and see what's new. If you are in town don't miss it!!! There is also a boat ride check it out!!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great activity for the whole family. Allow yourself 3 hours or more. Photography allowed without flash. This is an educational institution. The sea turtles and manatees reside here because they were injuried and cannot be returned to the wild. The otters are orphans. No one is being "held against they're will" (& they're a blast to watch). The docents are... More 

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Riverview, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would highly recommend. You can spend the entire day here. There's so much to see! Something for everyone to enjoy! A great place for families.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot say enough nice things about this experience! does not matter if you are 3 or 103 you will find this an joy to visit! the staff and volunteers are kind, helpful and knowledgeable. The sea life is vast and pictures are easy to take. interaction with many of them make it a memorable day.

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