This is a complete Non-Profit organization that aims at researching and developing the science of marine world through its displays in the marine and estuarine laboratories. All these divisions possess the most advanced standard of technology. Among all these things the best part is that all its work and displays are opened to the public to get an insight into the mesmerizing world of marine life.
The laboratory and aquarium used to be known as The Cape Haze Marine Laboratory till 1967. This was founded by Dr. Eugenie Clark in 1955 and named in the honor of William R. Mote, his wife Lenore and sister Betty Mote Rose. Initially the research was mostly based on sharks that soon evolved to proceed to many other branches in this field.
The aquarium is the public portion where the developments of the research and the fantastic collection of the rare marine species are on display. Apart from just being a gallery this can anytime be regarded as an educational institution that proves that learning can be fun as well. There is also a fish farm and a cafe inside the gallery.
Entrance Ticket Details For Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium
- Seniors (more than 65 yrs) $18.75; Youth (4-12 yrs) $14.75; Children (0-3 yrs) free; Members free.
How to Reach Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium
- The nearest airport is the Bradenton Airport.
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95% of people who visit Sarasota include Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
79.17% of people start their Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium
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Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium Reviews & Ratings
I absolutely loved this aquarium! There were so many wonderful things to see between the two large facilities. There was an abundance of volunteer staff that were ready and willing to answer questions and offer all sorts of information about the different animals. This is a research facility, as well, so the animals are not just there for people to gawk at. Scientists are able to study and care for the animals. When we went, there was a new baby sea turtle that hadn't made it to sea after hatching, and they are helping it to grow strong before releasing it back to the ocean. This is common practice there, per one of the volunteers. I felt like every penny spent was well worth it, and I will most definitely come back on a future trip.
We really enjoyed our visit during our beach vacation yesterday! Had planned to go to Clearwater Marine but was nervous with recent poor reviews. Hoped the hour drive from our resort would be worth it and so glad we risked it! They gave us 50% off admission with our local zoo membership, which was great! We all loved the aquarium! My 9 year old loved the touch tanks and interactive games! My 2 teenagers loved learning about the animals and the facility's research! Even my 11 month old loved watching the animals, that was a very pleasant surprise how much she was engaged and entertained! So glad we got to catch the training session with the otters (they're my favorite 😁)! Everyone loved the sea turtles! The manatees were awesome, was cool getting to see them fed also! All the volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly. And since we got admission discount, felt better about gift shop purchases. Overall, very happy that we made the trip to Mote!!
This is a small facility that is fun. They do a lot of rescue, rehabilitation and release back into the wild which is very cool. There are retirees stationed everywhere that give you information on the various exhibits. This definitely not the Georgia Aquarium, but certainly worth your time. Also took part in their kayak excursion - most definitely worth your time and money!
Just visited the Mote today, as Florida residents can visit for $7 each Saturday in September. I moved here 5 months ago, and this will definitely be on my list of places to bring visitors. The displays were interesting and interactive. I loved being able to see manatees, sea horses, sharks, sea turtles, otters, and a huge variety of sea life. Fun day!
Over all very nice. I went because they have Manatees. I love Manatees!!! I grew up in east coast Florida were you saw Manatees a lot & wanted my daughter to see one up close & understand why I love them so much. The volunteers there are wonderful & very nice and with a lot of knowledge. Well worth your time to go to