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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” (305 reviews)
“shark tank” (108 reviews)
“touch tank” (62 reviews)
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 706-453-2920
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to check this aquarium out on Thanksgiving Day since it was one of a few attractions open...so glad we did. It’s not a huge aquarium, but there is a lot of great variety and species we don’t see where we are from. My...More

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Reviewed 3 days ago

I go to the MOTE whenever I am in the area. There are two buildings and my favorite is with the manatees. You can get right up next to the manatees and they are fascinating, as is the collection of jellyfish. I loved watching the...More

Thank ItIsSunny
Reviewed 3 days ago

Plenty of guides to answer questions. Beautifully planned facility. Suitable for all ages, very informative. Makesure you see the Sea Horses.

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was fortunate enough to swim with the manatee in the gulf and realized the Marine Lab was keeping track of the creatures. When I visited to tell them of my experience, I enjoyed the Aquarium there.

Thank eadyesimpson
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was something that we have wanted to do since we got to Sarasota, so we took this Saturday and went. This is more of an educational center. There are fish/exhibits but not as much as I expected. The facility is wonderful - very up...More

Thank BarbThom
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So it's a must after watching the Manatee while on a recent boat trip we needed to see them closer upfront and personal! Not disappointed they are amazing as is the rest of the aquarium the amazing work they do there and the staff are...More

Thank BusterBristol
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The exhibits are varied, with good signage and helpful volunteers. We took our in-laws who were making their first visit to Florida, actually their first visit to the US, so it was helpful to let them become acquainted with the Gulf coast. It was my...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not the biggest aquarium, but lots of nice displays and very helpful staff and volunteers. The otters were asleep at first, but a staff member added some “enrichment” to their exhibit and that woke them up and got them super active. The manatee display had...More

Thank knobchouck
Reviewed 1 week ago

In addition to the famous and fabulous Mote Marine facility, there is a little-known pontoon boat trip that takes 1:45 hours. Takes you through the inland bay waters around Sarasota, Lido Key, Bird Key, and Siesta Key. You will see Manatees, dolphins and a wide...More

1  Thank jackmI9573NQ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandchild here while she was with us for the summer, she love the touch tanks seahorses and of course the sharks she couldn’t stop talking about it . She also flipped when it was feeding time for he manatees.great learning experience for...More

Thank Susan L
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27 September 2017|
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.
Daisy T
27 August 2017|
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Response from wlfrdbrgss | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is one and you can get a super picture with the manatee if you are lucky
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