Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Sarasota
Where is it at?
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Tel: 941 388-2451
Where are we going today?
We just LOVE the ocean, and at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, you can get up close to the amazing marine animals AND the scientists who are working hard to look after them!
The Mote Aquarium is filled with fascinating exhibits that will allow kids and the family to explore the incredible creatures of the oceans.
Because the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is also a working lab, you can even meet the scientists, and see the scientific research as it happens, throughout the working laboratories!
Pretty cool, and what a great way to enjoy some education!
Kids can explore the predators of the ocean in the Shark Zone exhibit, and enjoy an interactive experience with the two touch tanks where kids can actually feel what come of the creatures are like!
There are touchable rays, as well as an exhibit all on the reef animals. Kids can watch the cheeky otters play, or see what really lives in Florida Bay.
Don't miss a stop at the sea turtles too, and learn about how these beautiful animals have been around for longer than you think!
From river explorations, to the seas, and even an exhibit on the circles of life, the Mote Aquarium really has some amazing experiences for the kids, and you don't even have to get wet here to explore the oceans!
So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to make a SPLASH?
How much does it cost?
- Adults$19.75 (over 13)
- Children$14.75 (Ages 4-12)
- Free Under: 3 years
When can we go?
10am - 5pm, 7 days a week
365 days a year, including all holidays
They offer group rates, and groups need to be booked up at least a week in advance..
They have a deep sea diner where you can enjoy a retro 50s diner experience with a family stye menu! These include burgers, fries, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and more!.
The Deep Sea Diner has salads and healthy options!.
Any Top Tips?
They offer free admission to all veterans and their departments (with valid ID) on Veterans Day!.
Doing our bit
They are there to look after the animals, and they even have an animal hospital where they rescue, and rehabilitate the injured or sick creatures. .
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff if you have any questions about accessibility!.
What people are saying?
by Vadim Shun
Pleasant small aquarium, worth a visit if you are in the area and have time. Plus here is that most animals are rescued and your money goes to support them and conservation, as it is research lab and a non-profit.
There is one dolphin which is of a rare type, a couple of manatees, and a few other marine critters such as large sea turtles. They let you touch stingrays, sea cucumbers, starfish and a few animals of that kind.
by Stephen Koplin
This is a great Aquarium! It might be a little smaller than other major metropolitan quarians, but the exhibits were all top quality and informative. They focus on local species, but include plenty of variety. The turtle and dolphin exhibits were great, too.
by Chris Pasquariello
Volunteers here are friendly and abundant. Aquarium is in very nice area of Sarasota. Facilities are well kept, albeit there's a very limited amount of exhibits.
But... it's priced way too much for the tiny size of this place; it's a 20 minute experience. Left feeling gypped because of the cost.
by Chelsea Ray
We went on shark feeding day (Wednesdays at 11) and loved it. The jellyfish, manatee, and sea horse displays were beautiful, and all the staff were polite and very informative. So worth the $20!
by Fabian Kienzle
Poor animals. The basins do not match with the natural environment of those creatures. Especially the turtles, the manatees and the lonely dolphin seems to be disturbed... I feel sorry