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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. Arrange to visit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and other attractions in Sarasota using our Sarasota family vacation planner.
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  • Mote is a great spot for those who would like to learn more about marine life while also seeing some really cool animals pretty up close. The dolphin rehab that we saw was really cool as we got to see...  more »
  • Great for kids and adults. Many interesting and edifying exhibits. Several aquariums. Mote raises jellyfish and seahorses, which are on display. See gorgonians and anemones and other invertebrate deni...  more »
  • It's a pretty awesome aquarium - especially for kiddos. There are touch tanks, a preserved giant squid, manatees, and more. It's a pretty standard aquarium experience - but a nice one.  more »
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  • This is a great place to take the kids. Nice exhibits but not overdone. Manatees and turtles and big shark and fish tank are the highlights. This is a small aquarium with two different buildings a hundred yards apart. For kids exhibits are up close and there are not too many. They can get close and see everything. The docents are great and do a wonderful job especially with children...of all ages!
  • This is such a great place to bring the family and to really let them see the variety we have here in Florida of sea creatures. The new section is very well put together and very educational for everyone. I love coming here at least once a year and bringing my out-of-town guests. Thank you Mote.
  • Beautiful aquarium. Seems a little pricey since it's not big, but the beautiful displays and super volunteers make up for it. The volunteers are excellent, we loved talking to them and my kids asked tons of questions. They were patient and very knowledgeable!
  • I will never be going back to this place. The employees are rude! The two finger touch is allowed in some areas for kids to touch sea life. My child did such that and the rude worker told my son he was hurting the creature. Not to touch him that way. The fish was swimming around and he was following with his two fingers. I can assure you he was not hurting anything what so ever. He was being gentle, and only used his two fingers. The employee little did she know his Mom was two people away from him and watched and over heard the whole thing. The fish was not in any way of being harmed and my son didn't deserved to be talked to in such manner! Horrible experience and we paid close to $100.00 for that. No thanks! Fish were cool employees not so cool!
  • Otters! Manatees! Turtles! Sharks! Oh my! I LOVE THIS PLACE. In my opinion, it's one of the best aquariums I've ever been to. And this is not just for your entertainment! This aquarium is first and foremost a marine laboratory for research and science. Its mission is to further our understanding of marine and ocean life and, above all else, how to preserve it for future generations. Your visit to this place directly helps the laboratory continue to conduct important research into ocean sustainability, sea life preservation, coral reef repair, and species repopulation. Even if you hate science, please visit this place!