Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota

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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. By using our Sarasota trip planning app, you can arrange your visit to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and other attractions in Sarasota.
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  • This is a must see if you are in the area. Incredible facility, great for kids AND adults. Fantastic aquarium, exhibits and staff.  more »
  • Excellent aquarium! Well laid out and Very educational. Great variety of different species. Set up in two different buildings. Live feedings of the manatees, the river otters and the crocodilians was....  more »
  • We went to the Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium for something to do on a windy afternoon. What a delightful surprise it was! The exhibits are beautiful but what we appreciated even more was the extensive....  more »
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  • Mote Marine is always changing & adding spectacular exhibitions! Their education programs for students & teachers are incredible. Although their everyday existence is all about education & encouraging conservation anyway. We couldn't be more fortunate to have the aquarium here in Sarasota. If you've never been you need to see this place. Just the most amazing way to spend a day (even a rainy one).
  • Our Grandchildren love this Aquarium. There is a nice variety of marine life and plenty to see. The Aquarium is clean, well maintained and staff is friendly. The only drawback for me is the separation of the two sections of the Aquarium. One must leave the main section of the Aquarium and go a distance to the second section to fully take in the full experience of the Aquarium. There is a Bird Rescue, which is an additional charge, located in between the two Aquarium sections. It is a hot walk in the summer months. (One may want to drive the short distance over and park.)
  • Cool place. Not very large but lots of aquariums to look at and cool fish to see. Jellyfish tank was cool and the shark cove was the best. There is an above observation deck that has a cool view as well. Fun and informative. Great for family fun.
  • Cool place to see sea life up close. The behind the scenes of what they do is so much more important though. It’s worth it to explore if there’s a rainy afternoon. Eat lunch/dinner at the famous Salty Dog down the street while you’re here.
  • My husband and I took our two small kids (5 & 2.5) to MOTE while we were visiting Siesta Key this week. It’s a really nice aquarium, well kept and the workers/volunteers are very friendly. They were helpful in getting my kiddos engaged and helped point out fun things about the animals. We mostly were attracted to MOTE for the Mon-Wed -Fri shark feeding. It was okay - maybe better for kids a little older and I guess I was anticipating more “action” haha but the open tank with the viewing top area was cool. It’s worth the walk to the second half of the facility to see the mammals. We caught the manatees eating lunch and the otters were especially playful.
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