Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium in Sarasota, FL

Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium is located in north Sarasota a short drive from Anna Maria Island. The Aquarium is a wonderful day-trip full of fun activities for everybody.  Enjoy the touch pools, working labs and high tech interactive exhibits! Mote marine also has weekly shark-feedings that are fascinating to watch. You can even book an Eco boat tour during your visit. There is plenty to do and see at this wonderful non-profit organization.

Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium offers a variety of Florida marine life to discover.

Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium

The entire facility is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m daily including all holidays.

Mote Marine has two buildings filled with Aquariums along with a shark tank, turtle tank and an Otter exhibit. You will need to walk across a street to see all the areas so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Also consider stopping at the Save our Seabirds (SOS) facility located in between the two Mote facilities. Admission is half price with a Mote Marine ticket. Ticket sales go to help this great organization rehabilitate injured wildlife.

Check out Mote’s website for daily events and activities for the entire family! Island Real Estate also has more information on aquariums close to Anna Maria Island.

Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium
Mote Marine has Sea Turtles like this Loggerhead to see during your visit!

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441

2 thoughts on “Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium in Sarasota, FL”

  1. A turtle walker in Walton County. We now have 72 confirmed nests and many false crawls. A couple of Kemp’s, a couple of leatherbacks and the rest as far as I know Loggerheads. We’ve had a couple wash away ( we think) because we couldn’t find the eggs to re-locate them. I love Sarasota and have been coming there for 42 yrs. on vacation and always come to Mote.

    1. That is excellent news Phil! Its always good to hear that the turtles are successfully nesting! As an Anna Maria Island native some of my fondest memories involved someone running down the beach yelling that there was a turtle nest hatching, then gathering around and watching them make that first crawl down to the water. I’ve never seen a wild leatherback.. have always wanted to.

      Thanks for the comment and we hope to see you next year 🙂

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