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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 2,600+ 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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  • My husband and I were celebrating my birthday weekend and thought it would be really nice to visit the aquarium. It's $20 per adult to get in and it's basically fish. The facility looked run down, mor...  read more »
  • Love visiting the Mote when in Florida. It has more exhibits than previous visits. Watching the shark feeding was pretty neat and a good learning experience. Of course love the manatee and stingrays! 
  • We love this Aquarium. Have it for the second time this year visited (2014 & 2016) and loved it again. The Seeottter enclosure where we could see three very lively and active Seeottter is new. The Aquarium is well maintained and all are volunteers that provide information about the animals. In addition to many aquariums, there is another building by the animals that were rescued and no longer be can released for their home. For example, two manatees and many SeeSchildkröten). Also here the employees about their fates have informed us. Two years ago we took part in a boat tour. Super interesting because the network has been fished and the prisoners was shown and told much more. Then, the animals come back into the sea. This tour is absolutely recommended. This great work is being done and you can learn much about sea creatures. Many thanks to the staff. Very informative, a great trip! We would get even a third time.
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