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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota
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At the marine-research organization Mote Marine Laboratory and 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 and Aquarium and other attractions in Sarasota using our Sarasota family vacation planner.
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  • Amazing collection of plants and animals indigenous to the Gulf and Inter-coastal Waterway. The high lights are the Seahorse Nursery, Shake tank, and the Manatee rehab area. Out grandsons have attende...  more »
  • We visited as a family. The Mote aquarium was fun for all of us. My daughter talks about wanting to go back months later! Make sure and wear comfortable shoes because you have to do quite a bit of wal...  more »
  • Great place to waste a day, pet stingrays, watch sharks, climb inside the hurricane machine, etc. There is a restaurant, and it is a typical tourist destination eatery so don't expect great food, but ...  more »