Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota

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#1 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Southwest Gulf Coast
At the marine-research organization Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium you can explore marine life through a number of exhibits, including the 511 l (135,000 gal) shark tank. The aquarium has always been dedicated to educating the public on the science of the sea, with research on sharks and dolphins specifically. The laboratory itself opened in 1955, and the Mote Aquarium was later added in 1980. The aquarium is home to over 100 species of mostly local marine life, which you can experience in a number of ways. Take a peek into the working laboratory, watch manatees and dolphins play, or plan your own animal encounter. Learn about conservation and much more at this combination lab and aquarium. Arrange to visit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and other attractions in Sarasota using our Sarasota family vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is not your typical aquarium. It is also a marine laboratory doing research in all kinds of fields, one of which is sea horses. They supply them to other aquariums around the world, as they are e...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Want to pet a shark or a stingray? Mote Marine is the place to go. The Otter exhibit would keep me entertained for hours. The unique items like the giant squid are not seen very often and it's a great...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    To do, very nice aquarium! In two parts, with alligators, turtles and manatees. We're having a good time.
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  • July 8, 2017
    Fantastic Aquarium!! My family and I are so glad we were recommended by our server at Beach House to go. We have been to many aquariums around the state of Florida, but we have not seen a nicer aquarium. The staff was fantastic. There were so many tanks with awesome fish. We have been coming to Anna Marie island every year to vacation for the past 12 years. We will be adding the Mote Marine Aquarium to our yearly agenda. DO NOT HESITATE TO GO!!
  • June 24, 2017
    Wonderful small aquarium for family fun! Lots of small exhibits, local tropical fish, jelly fish, 2 finger touch tanks. Their larger exhibits are mostly sharks, manatees & a turtle. There is 2 parts to this aquarium... Main section & across the street down a block. The Bird section that shares the main building's parking lot is NOT apart of the ticket. Must buy separate tickets.
  • May 21, 2017
    This is a great place to take the kids. Nice exhibits but not overdone. Manatees and turtles and big shark and fish tank are the highlights. This is a small aquarium with two different buildings a hundred yards apart. For kids exhibits are up close and there are not too many. They can get close and see everything. The docents are great and do a wonderful job especially with children...of all ages!
  • June 5, 2017
    This is such a great place to bring the family and to really let them see the variety we have here in Florida of sea creatures. The new section is very well put together and very educational for everyone. I love coming here at least once a year and bringing my out-of-town guests. Thank you Mote.
  • June 13, 2017
    Beautiful aquarium. Seems a little pricey since it's not big, but the beautiful displays and super volunteers make up for it. The volunteers are excellent, we loved talking to them and my kids asked tons of questions. They were patient and very knowledgeable!

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