Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota

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At the marine-research organization Mote Marine Laboratory & 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 & Aquarium and other attractions in Sarasota.
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  • My wife and I and a young student visiting us from the Netherlands recently visited Mote and began our day with Morning Rounds at the Mammal and Sea Turtle center. What a good decision this was. You.....  more
    My wife and I and a young student visiting us from the Netherlands recently visited Mote and began our day with Morning Rounds at the Mammal and Sea Turtle center. What a good decision this was. You.....  more »
  • Awesome aquarium and education center. Unlike many aquariums, the MOTE focuses on research, and has a lot of research data and information about protecting and restoring populations in the wild... 
    Awesome aquarium and education center. Unlike many aquariums, the MOTE focuses on research, and has a lot of research data and information about protecting and restoring populations in the wild...  more »
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  • This is a great place to visit. Lots of cool stuff to see. However, someone needs to re-visit their ticket sales. The earliest available time to buy online tickets today was 3:45. At 4:45, every single employee was walking around telling customers we needed to hurry up because it was almost time to close. We were rushing to try to see everything. Surely there is a better way to ensure customers are completely satisfied and get to actually enjoy the exhibits. Great customer service is why folks return and why they tell their friends to return.
  • This place is amazing. I took my son here and he loved it. I love going to aquariums. This one is very reasonably priced and I love their natural looking real habitats towards the end of the experience. There is so much to do and see here. Additionally, I love that they are focused on real world research and have a center to care for injured sea animals. They have great things for young kids as well would highly recommend going here.

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