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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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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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We try to visit Mote Marine Laboratory whenever we have out of town visitors, especially if they have children. We love to see the manatees, the sea turtles, the sea horses and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We try to visit Mote Marine Laboratory whenever we have out of town visitors, especially if they have children. We love to see the manatees, the sea turtles, the sea horses and much more. The staff and especially the volunteers are always helpful, and you can tell that they enjoy their work.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We loved our visit to the aquarium and laboratory. There were some things that you see at every aquarium, but there were also some unique animals here. I have never seen lobsters as big as the two that they have here. They also have two manatees that you can see up close and watch them eat. There are multiple "touch"... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This facility is one not to miss when you come to Sarasota. Everything about it is great. It's great for people of all ages; the volunteers are delightful and informative. Don't miss it!

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Millerton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Huge marine life enthusiast, very informative and great displays. Wish there were more displays about how people could recycle to save the water ecosystem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As you walk around the Aquarium, reading the captions by each display, volunteers, excited to share with you, offer details that you could otherwise never have known, about the species you're viewing, its curious and peculiar habits, etc. The 3-hour boat tour around several neighboring islands, included a "net dredge" to pull up some natural local marine species. Then, after... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Learned a lot about Florida/Gulf sea life and environment. Saw sharks and Manatees and some neat North American Otters. Faculty shows its age and the fact that it is well used as a research center. Worth a visit to understand what you can do to help the sea creatures and the environment.

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I hadn't been to Mote for many years and decided to make a visit on my last trip with my husband and 2 of my adult children.Very pleasantly surprised at the improvements that they have made and we enjoyed the day very much. The manatee exhibit was extremely well done and we really got a close up look. We also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My 4 year old and I visit on a regular basis. In fact, we've become members! We love the Mommy & Me classes with Ms Mandy! Check out their schedule at mote.org for 2 to 5 year olds. Makes the aquarium come alive and I've learned so much myself. Decent dinner and nice little gift shop too. If you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took 2 excited kids on a boat tour of an island. VERY hot day, but the breeze off the water make it worth it. The tour itself was okay. Staff were very friendly and told interesting facts about the history of the island. The staff also used nets to pull various fish from the water and educate us on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My kids and I love visiting mote every chance we get. The exhibits are awesome changing and the kids are excited to see what's new.

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