Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium

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  • Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9413884441
  • Ticket Price: 20 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Aquarium, Family And Kids

Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium - Review

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.

Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium Ticket Prices

  • 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 by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Bradenton Airport.

Restaurants Near Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium

  • Deep Sea Diner
  • Old Salty Dog
  • New Pass Grill and Bait Shop
  • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
  • Chart House

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  • Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, United States
  • Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium Contact Number: +1-9413884441
  • Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium Price: 20 USD
  • Best time to visit Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Mote Marine Laboratory And Aquarium: 03:00 Hrs
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  • This place is cool. There are two buildings basically across the street from one another. The main building has lots of wonderful small displays, and a rotating display (showcasing plastic pollution when I was there). The shark tank is phenomenal... lots of fun to see the different species. Across the street are the manatees and a great otter exhibit. The otters are very active and seem to be having a blast sliding down the waterfall. I also really enjoyed the temporary exhibit space that showed many of the cool adaptations of marine animals.

  • If you are looking for an activity during the afternoon on your vacation to beat the heat...this is NOT, I repeat NOT the activity for you!!! 3/4 of these exhibits are located outside with minimal shade (and zero fans). My husband, my 2 year old and myself went this afternoon to shake things up and get off of the beach for a bit. It was miserably hot and hard to enjoy the exhibits that are outside due to the heat. The aquarium itself is located about 1/4 mile from the sea otters/manatee exhibits, so you also have to walk that distance in the blazing heat to see everything. Terrible layout! The few air conditioned areas they do have were crowded because no one wanted to be at the outside exhibits. Also, the employees here are volunteers, and most of them knew very little about the exhibits. We asked lots of questions and only a few of the volunteers could knowledgeably answer them. If you have little ones, dont even bother going to the sea turtle exhibit. The volunteers will (very rudely) fuss at your child if they touch the edge of the tank that the turtles are in. I understand that this is a rule for safety because the turtles can lift their heads out of the water and bite....but if it's such a safety concern, why would they not put a higher wall or rail around this display? All in all for $44 dollars (that's for 2 adult tickets, our 2 year old was free) I would expect air conditioned exhibits and staff who are trained, courteous and knowledgeable about the exhibits. We vacation here each year, and won't be back to the aquarium.

  • Nice place to visit. People were very nice and pretty knowledgeable. Petting the stingrays was super fun and watching the otters feed was worth the wait. If you see the sharks being fed it's better to go to the under part of the tank to actually see them. Nicely done place. Recommended for children and adults alike!

  • A very educational, enjoyable experience. This is a real working marine lab that allows you to interact with the staff, a lot of them volunteers, that will answer all of your questions willingly. They also have areas for rehabilitation for sick and injured marine animals. They offer excursions where a very knowledgeable person tells you about the area you are in, what they are trying to do to preserve it. On our tour a drag net was put out and then hauled in to show us some of the wild life in the bay. Not only did we manage to get some fish in there but also seahorses which was a surprise to us. It was a great experience and one that gave us a more in depth look at some of the work that is going on to preserve the natural wildlife in Florida.

  • This is a great place for animal lovers of all ages! Plenty of room to explore and see sharks, river otters, manatees, sea turtles, Caymans, sea horses and so much more! Two separate buildings that you walk between with indoor and outdoor spaces. Be prepared for the Florida heat when I'm the outdoor spaces. Cafe on site. Two gift shops.

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