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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Aquarium and Zoo
  • IS K.
    "Fantastic aquarium - wonderful manatees, dolphin, and sea turtles."(10 Tips)
    Heather R.
    "list of reciprocals like MOSI and the Florida Aquarium!"(3 Tips)
    Rachel O.
    "Make sure to go see the manatees, dolphins and turtles!"(2 Tips)
    Joe R.
    "Definitely take the boat tour and make a donation to support the work..."(2 Tips)
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  • Jordan H.
    Love this place so much 😍
  • Susan P.
    Grandkids visiting from Colorado had a GREAT time at Mote camp this week.
  • Sarah G.
    We loved watching the otters!
  • Stephanie L.
    THEY HAVE A GIANT SQUID ON DISPLAY!!! Plus they breed jellyfish and that's amazing to me!!!
  • Roxane G.
    I could have watched the manatees for hours!
  • Team 7.
    Team 727April 7
    15 minutes from USF Sarasota campus. Research center and aquarium concerned with sharks and dolphins. Offers kayaking and boat tours as well as other exhibits and encounters. Good for photo ops. 
  • Lynne C.
    Lynne CAugust 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Manatees are our favorite!
  • Adriana S.
    Adriana SosaJune 22, 2016
    Everything is fantastic
  • Jake G.
    Jake GuttormssonApril 6, 2016
    Kids love it, but it's crowded and kind of sad. But the new otter exhibit is fantastic.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CastnerFebruary 12, 2016
    Manatees and sharks!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DudleyDecember 14, 2015
    They have reciprocal agreements with a lot of zoos across the country, so bring your zoo pass for a discount on admission!
  • Tyrone B.
    Tyrone BixbyJuly 28, 2015
    Place is awesome, must check it son
  • Pat
    PatApril 12, 2015
    Great sea life exhibits. Boat trip was a bit too much for our 3 year old grandson. More appropriate for nature loving kids a few years older (7 - 12).
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RyanFebruary 28, 2015
    Wonderful! I had the chance to see cuttlefish. This place is great for famlies.
  • Brickell C.
    Brickell CFebruary 19, 2015
    Membership is a great value, you can use reciprocals at other attractions.
  • IS K.
    IS KLEDecember 24, 2014
    Fantastic aquarium - wonderful manatees, dolphin, and sea turtles. Catch the training sessions if you can.
  • Cori K.
    Cori KunbergerSeptember 7, 2014
    Lots of cool exhibits. The cuttlefish tank is really neat- I could spend all day there.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CAugust 18, 2014
    An aquarium first, and then a tourist attraction second - which is how it should be.
  • Kenyon W.
    Kenyon WillisJuly 23, 2014
    Great aquarium to see the best of Florida's marine wildlife! Great employees and exhibits! One of the nest aquariums I've been to.
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FaerberJune 23, 2014
    Awesome people doing great work!
  • Louis S.
    Louis SzeligaJune 17, 2014
    Was amazing !
  • Михаил С.
    A really good aquarium;)
  • Katie B.
    Katie BlumMay 15, 2014
    There is a coupon in the 2014 entertainment book for a bogo admission!
  • Carla B.
    Carla BennettMarch 29, 2014
    Very fun place and interesting. Had a lot of fun.
  • ALani A.
    ALani AlambMarch 18, 2014
    Go here, very interesting
  • David Miles U.
    David Miles UslanMarch 4, 2014
    Don't miss out on this amazing place. .. especially the turtles across the street!
  • Sara K.
    Sara KayserMarch 1, 2014
    Great festival this weekend at the save our seabird sanctuary! Beautiful day!
  • Edwin A.Davis Photography
    Edwin A.Davis PhotographyFebruary 17, 2014
    They took a lot of time to explain each and everyone of the exhibits.and do not for get to see manatees, dolphins and turtles!
  • Ali B.
    Ali BrownDecember 17, 2013
    Not the most exciting aquarium but it was entertaining and all the employees seemed to be very helpful and friendly!
  • Smitha R.
    Smitha RaoDecember 14, 2013
    All the volunteers are well informed and helpful. They took a lot of time to explain each and everyone of the exhibits. The aquarium lighting makes it great for photography (flash not allowed).
  • Dianne M.
    Dianne MozzettiNovember 5, 2013
    The whole thing was very educational and fun. The manatees are a trip to watch, so cute! The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Dawn S.
    Dawn SupperSeptember 8, 2013
    A website said it's take 2 hours tops but we definitely could have used about 3 to see everything well. We didn't get to see the birds! It's a great little trip to make in a vacation. We loved it.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MoralejaJune 9, 2013
    Gotta visit
  • Joe R.
    Joe Robaina, PAApril 14, 2013
    Definitely take the boat tour and make a donation to support the work done there.
  • Bethany C.
    Bethany CulpMarch 26, 2013
    A great place for family fun and photography. Sea turtles, jellyfish, sea lions, sharks and much MUCH more.
  • Casa Del Mar Resort
    Casa Del Mar ResortDecember 17, 2012
    Great not to missed place especially to bring children while on vacation!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaNovember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Seals are coming December 1st!
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WegmillerOctober 2, 2012
    Awesome aquarium! Not like the big fancy places but they have lost see and do. Only takes 2hrs tops.
  • Gessica R.
    Gessica RayJuly 15, 2012
    CMA is a better learning experience for both children and adults. Mote is not very interactive with the customers.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Become a member. So many freebies across the US
  • Pearl D.
    Pearl DeBrularMay 21, 2012
    Check out Penguin islands.
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel ODecember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to go see the manatees, dolphins and turtles! Hugh and Buffett are the best!
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SundaySeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The penguins are coming!!! ;)
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 6, 2011
    Mote Marine Laboratory is famous for its sharks, dolphins and manatees. On Tuesdays children can wade into the waters and explore marine life up close and personal.
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SundayJune 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Child care provided! (Well, as long as your kids can't escape the turtle nets) Kids get tangled, mom and dad head to Salty Dog for a drink! Best parent award! ;)
  • Bill A.
    Bill AJune 4, 2011
    Was here in 1997...saw the manatees "Hugh & Buffet" :)
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SundayMay 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Shark feeding, M,W,F at 11-11:15, don't miss it, it happens fast!!!
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 6, 2011
    Don't Miss: Work your way up the underwater food chain in the interactive Predator/Prey video game simulation.
  • MJ I.
    MJ InFloridaMarch 11, 2011
    I got an annual membership for a family of four fir $45 with a Groupon deal. Woot!
  • Marina J.
    Marina JackFebruary 24, 2011
    A great way to end your day at the aquarium is to stop in to Marina Jack for great food, great view and live entertainment every day of the week. Check into foursquare to claim your deal now.
  • John M.
    John MorrisonAugust 17, 2010
    You can pet these guys.
  • PhyllisMavis
    PhyllisMavisJuly 28, 2010
    Always nice to visit our Dolphin Friends @Mote
  • Ellen H.
    Ellen HoenigJuly 13, 2010
    great aquarium--just the right size. love to see the big turtles and sea manatees. have taken boat and kayak 1/2 day trips...beautiful kayaking through the mangroves...educational
  • Heather R.
    Heather ReeceApril 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For only $90 you can become a member of Mote Marine and visit with up to 3 guests as many times as you like all year long! Plus there's a list of reciprocals like MOSI and the Florida Aquarium!
  • J R.
    J RobertshawJanuary 26, 2010
    There is a boardwalk, playground, fishing piers and picnic tables at the end of City Island. After visiting Mote, check out Ken Thompson Park.
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