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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota
(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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  • They do such amazing research and it's both educational and entertaining. Please support them by stopping by and seeing some manatees! 
  • This is a relatively small aquarium that shows off some of the sea life that can be found in the area. It needs a lot of housekeeping to bring it up to the standards of any of the other aquariums we h...  more »
  • From the wonder of Gentle Giant Manatees and the Playful Inexhaustible Otters to the Minute Mysterious Jellyfish, Seahorses, and endless other creatures who dwell in our ocean waters, you will be tran...  more »