Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota

4.4
#1 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Southwest Gulf Coast
At the marine-research organization Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium you can explore marine life through a number of exhibits, including the 511 l (135,000 gal) shark tank. The aquarium has always been dedicated to educating the public on the science of the sea, with research on sharks and dolphins specifically. The laboratory itself opened in 1955, and the Mote Aquarium was later added in 1980. The aquarium is home to over 100 species of mostly local marine life, which you can experience in a number of ways. Take a peek into the working laboratory, watch manatees and dolphins play, or plan your own animal encounter. Learn about conservation and much more at this combination lab and aquarium. By using our Sarasota trip planning app , you can arrange your visit to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and other attractions in Sarasota.
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  • Not a big facility but enough to keep your 7 year old occupied for 2 hours. Sharks and fishes as expected, touch and feel tanks, gift shop. Short distance (2 miles)from ST Armands circle where all the...  more »
  • Not the largest or most up-scale of aquariums, but a great place to visit on those rare occasions when the rain lats for more than 20 minutes. Favorites include the manatees and otters, Engage the kno...  more »

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