Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Aquarium and Zoo
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Mon–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Based on 178 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Israel K.
    "Fantastic aquarium - wonderful manatees, dolphin, and sea turtles."(8 Tips)
    Brickell C.
    "... value, you can use reciprocals at other attractions."(2 Tips)
    Rachel O.
    "Make sure to go see the manatees, dolphins and turtles!"(2 Tips)
    Bill A.
    "Was here in 1997...saw the manatees "Hugh & Buffet" :)"(2 Tips)
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  • manatees
  • reciprocals
  • buffet
  • boat tours
  • wildlife
  • museums
  • scenic views
  • great value
  • turtles
  • aquariums
  • fish
  • exhibits
  • sea life
  • marine life
  • kayaks
  • photography
  • marinas
  • knowledgeable staff
  • friendly staff
  • Polly S.

    The manatees

    Polly Steinhart · October 18
  • Morgan H.

    Place is awesome, must check it son

    Morgan Hoogvelt · July 28
  • Pat

    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).

    Pat · April 12
  • Michelle R.

    Wonderful! I had the chance to see cuttlefish. This place is great for famlies.

    Michelle Ryan · February 28
  • Brickell C.

    Membership is a great value, you can use reciprocals at other attractions.

    Brickell C · February 19
  • Israel K.

    Fantastic aquarium - wonderful manatees, dolphin, and sea turtles. Catch the training sessions if you can.

    Israel Klein · December 24, 2014
  • Cori K.

    Lots of cool exhibits. The cuttlefish tank is really neat- I could spend all day there.

    Cori Kunberger · September 7, 2014
  • Mark C.

    An aquarium first, and then a tourist attraction second - which is how it should be.

    Mark C · August 18, 2014
  • Kenyon W.

    Great aquarium to see the best of Florida's marine wildlife! Great employees and exhibits! One of the nest aquariums I've been to.

    Kenyon Willis · July 23, 2014
  • Patrick F.

    Awesome people doing great work!

    Patrick Faerber · June 23, 2014
  • Louis S.

    Was amazing !

    Louis Szeliga · June 17, 2014
  • Михаил С.

    A really good aquarium;)

  • Katie B.

    There is a coupon in the 2014 entertainment book for a bogo admission!

    Katie Blum · May 15, 2014
  • Carla B.

    Very fun place and interesting. Had a lot of fun.

    Carla Bennett · March 29, 2014
  • ALani A.

    Go here, very interesting

    ALani Alamb · March 18, 2014
  • David Miles U.

    Don't miss out on this amazing place. .. especially the turtles across the street!

    David Miles Uslan · March 4, 2014
  • Sara K.

    Great festival this weekend at the save our seabird sanctuary! Beautiful day!

    Sara Kayser · March 1, 2014
  • Edwin A. Davis Photography

    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!

    Edwin A. Davis Photography · February 17, 2014
  • Ali B.

    Not the most exciting aquarium but it was entertaining and all the employees seemed to be very helpful and friendly!

    Ali Brown · December 17, 2013
  • Smitha R.

    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).

    Smitha Rao · December 14, 2013
  • Dianne M.

    The whole thing was very educational and fun. The manatees are a trip to watch, so cute! The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

    Dianne Mozzetti · November 5, 2013
  • Dawn S.

    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.

    Dawn Supper · September 8, 2013
  • Michelle M.

    Gotta visit

    Michelle Moraleja · June 9, 2013
  • Joe R.

    Definitely take the boat tour and make a donation to support the work done there.

    Joe Robaina, PA · April 14, 2013
  • Bethany C.

    A great place for family fun and photography. Sea turtles, jellyfish, sea lions, sharks and much MUCH more.

    Bethany Culp · March 26, 2013
  • Casa Del Mar Resort

    Great not to missed place especially to bring children while on vacation!

    Casa Del Mar Resort · December 17, 2012
  • Alyssa

    Seals are coming December 1st!

    Alyssa · November 22, 2012
  • Patrick W.

    Awesome aquarium! Not like the big fancy places but they have lost see and do. Only takes 2hrs tops.

    Patrick Wegmiller · October 2, 2012
  • Gessica R.

    CMA is a better learning experience for both children and adults. Mote is not very interactive with the customers.

    Gessica Ray · July 15, 2012
  • Alyssa

    Become a member. So many freebies across the US

    Alyssa · July 5, 2012
  • Pearl D.

    Check out Penguin islands.

    Pearl DeBrular · May 21, 2012
  • Rachel O.

    Make sure to go see the manatees, dolphins and turtles! Hugh and Buffett are the best!

    Rachel O · December 27, 2011
  • Jesse S.

    The penguins are coming!!! ;)

    Jesse Sunday · September 3, 2011
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    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.

    The Ritz-Carlton · July 6, 2011
  • Jesse S.

    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! ;)

    Jesse Sunday · June 6, 2011
  • Bill A.

    Was here in 1997...saw the manatees "Hugh & Buffet" :)

    Bill A · June 4, 2011
  • Jesse S.

    Shark feeding, M,W,F at 11-11:15, don't miss it, it happens fast!!!

    Jesse Sunday · May 29, 2011
  • WorldStrides

    Don't Miss: Work your way up the underwater food chain in the interactive Predator/Prey video game simulation.

    WorldStrides · April 6, 2011
  • MJ I.

    I got an annual membership for a family of four fir $45 with a Groupon deal. Woot!

    MJ InFlorida · March 11, 2011
  • Marina J.

    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.

    Marina Jack · February 24, 2011
  • John M.

    You can pet these guys.

    John Morrison · August 17, 2010
  • PhyllisMavis

    Always nice to visit our Dolphin Friends @Mote

    PhyllisMavis · July 28, 2010
  • Ellen H.

    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

    Ellen Hoenig · July 13, 2010
  • Sarah M.

    ... misplaced venue??

    Sarah Mattar · May 29, 2010
  • Heather R.

    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!

    Heather Reece · April 11, 2010
  • J R.

    There is a boardwalk, playground, fishing piers and picnic tables at the end of City Island. After visiting Mote, check out Ken Thompson Park.

    J Robertshaw · January 26, 2010

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