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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota

(4.3/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 g...  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
  • 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 rea...  more »