Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Sarasota, FL

Where are we going?

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
FL 34236

941 388-2451

What is there to do?

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)

Discount: Seniors $18.75

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff if you have any questions about accessibility!


When can we go?

10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

365 days a year, including all holidays


Any top tips?

They offer free admission to all veterans and their departments (with valid ID) on Veterans Day!

I’m Hungry!

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!

Healthy Eating

The Deep Sea Diner has salads and healthy options! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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