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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon...

Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.

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Good sized museum with hands on exhibits

My wife and I took our two boys here while on Vacation in Venice. It was perfect for the rainy/overcast day we were having. My oldest son is 21 months old and LOVED it. The tanks... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bayside, New York
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Bayside, New York
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I took our two boys here while on Vacation in Venice. It was perfect for the rainy/overcast day we were having. My oldest son is 21 months old and LOVED it. The tanks were the perfect size for him and there was a nice variety of fish to see. He also loved all the places he could... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to Sarasota at least 5 times and visit this aquarium each time. It is a treasure of lovely and unique experiences from the up-close and personal visit with the manatees and turtles, to hands-on petting of sand dollars and sting-rays. The shark exhibit is outstanding, and the staff are so personable and helpful. You also get a... More 

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SARASOTA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Another Sarasota must do! Great aquarium with interactive activities. Guides are knowledgeable and there is a walk between buildings with great places for a picnic lunch.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I really do consider this a highlight of our Sarasota trips. We walk around the park a little bit before it opens, and then we head on inside and enjoy some time well spent. Nice animals to see, and cool exhibits.

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great way to spent a day! Lots to see but not an all day affair. Staff is super helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend as a nice casual 1/2 day excursion.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed the great variety of sea creatures you can see here. You feel like you are at a scientific institution rather than a tourist trap. Loved the availability of many knowledgeable volunteers.

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an aquarium. It has many things that you might see at a typical aquarium. But you also see things that you don't see everyday. My personal favorite is the sea turtles. When they are very tiny they look like they could be a key chain. Take your time and watch these critters. The manatees are always a big... More 

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Long Beach, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Start at the main building and check out the giant eel. He tends to respond to people if you come up to the glass. They do shark feedings every morning at 1130AM as well which is particularly fun to watch. Go across the street and see the manatees though. Hough and Buffett spend their entire day eating and smashing their... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a fabulous destination for young and old alike (although it involves a lot of walking). As a research laboratory it has constantly updated exhibits, featuring corals and how they are being successfully re grown in the Keys, information on red tide and its long history (hundreds of years) in the Gulf, beautiful tanks of... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We try to visit Mote Marine Laboratory whenever we have out of town visitors, especially if they have children. We love to see the manatees, the sea turtles, the sea horses and much more. The staff and especially the volunteers are always helpful, and you can tell that they enjoy their work.

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