Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge at Mote Marine Aquarium

Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge

We are sorry, this exhibit is now closed however the Mote Marine Laboratory hosts special guests on a fairly regular basis.  Visit Mote Marine’s website for more information on educational events.  Sea Lions at Mote Marine ran up until May 1, 2013.  Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge was a temporary exhibit running in The Aquarium featuring a trio of Patagonian sea lions who are very comfortable in the spotlight. This thirty minute show ran three times a day, seven days a week at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm. Admission is included in the regular Mote Marine ticket price, so you can enjoy all that Sarasota’s famous marine research center and aquarium has to offer – including some new sea lion themed features and goodies in the gift shop.

In between performances of Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge be sure to check out all the regular features at Mote Marine including a sting ray touch tank, shark tanks, sea turtles and manatee rehabilitation hospitals.  At the time of this post the admission is $19 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $14 for ages 4-12, and free for children under 3 years old.  Visit the Mote Marine for accurate rates.

Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge was a charming, family friendly and educational performance, which keeps the little ones so enthralled they won’t even realize they’ve learned something when it’s over. Sea lions are members of the pinned family, which means “flipper footed” and includes seals, sea lions, and walruses. This narrated demonstration will teach you all about their natural athleticism, intelligence, and playfulness while also educating audiences on rescue and conservation efforts. This is a real treat for Anna Maria Island visitors and native Floridians alike.  As most know, there are no sea lions to be found in the Gulf of Mexico. They must not have heard how pristine and peaceful our beaches are.

The sea lions at Mote Marine, affectionately referred to as “the girls”, are Stella, Rose, and Kitty. And they have a wide variety of tricks to show off including hand stands, back flips, and some rather impressive dance moves. But they haven’t let show business go completely to their head – after the show is over, you’ll have the opportunity to cuddle up with these friendly marine mammals and have your picture taken. They do have one rule – “don’t touch the sea lions, let the sea lions touch you”. Prints are available, at any extra cost, in three different sizes.

Anna Maria Island, Florida is the world’s favorite place to vacation and that seems to have extended to our flipper footed friends as well! Be sure to stop by Mote Marine and check out Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge before they head back home at the end of April. We’re sure this educational show will gain your own seal of approval!

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island

Family is all about love, and we have plenty of things you’ll love to do with your family while vacationing on Anna Maria Island.

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island!

Robinson Preserve Treehouse
Make it a day trip and visit some of the Manatee county parks which are as close as a bike ride to Anna Maria Island or check out some of our other day trip recommendations! There are plenty of other parks to have a picnic or you can spend a day with the kids at the local children’s playgrounds.


Robinson Preserve Kayak
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant try checking out one of the island’s waterfront restaurants featuring live entertainment and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.

Things To Do

Florida Aquarium
If you’re getting tired of swimming or visiting the many beaches in the area there are plenty of public pools to visit as well. Take a trip to one of the area aquariums to get a close up look at the sea life! A short trip to the Florida Maritime Museum will be both educational and fun for the whole family.

If you’re visiting during the summer there are plenty of additional options, such as participating in the turtle watch which takes place between May 1st-October 31st. The kids can learn about the local turtles and see some of the nesting grounds that are penned off with stakes and tape right on the beaches. Kids can also learn to surf with the kid’s summer surfing camps!
St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle also offers plenty of family fun. Featuring shops, restaurants, and sights galore there is plenty to keep you in the area for a full day. There is also the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach to check out.
Island Pearl
Take a water shuttle trip on the Island Pearl to various locations and maybe even see some dolphins! Or for those who prefer solid ground the Anna Maria Island Trolley the Crown Jewel will take you around the island for free!

If you would like you can take a video tour of Anna Maria Island before you visit to get acquainted with some of the sights and locations!

Video Tour

Invite your kids to share their opinions or check out more activities in our Kid’s Corner or check out the Top Ten Kid’s Activities.

Accommodations and Vacation Rental Properties on Anna Maria Island

Island Real Estate is the best choice when looking for the perfect family fun accommodations. With the largest inventory of vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is sure to please with great customer service and a knowledgeable staff.

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
Anna Maria Island vacation rental, My Sister’s Beach House, is the perfect family fun accommodations sleeping up to 10 guests with 5 bedrooms. Just a short walk to the beach, this home offers a pool paradise perfect for the kids! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at My Sister’s Beach House today!

Awesome Aquariums near Anna Maria Island, Florida

Florida Aquarium
Florida Aquarium

Today’s information is about some of the awesome aquariums near Anna Maria Island There are so many cool places to go if you’re interested in exotic or local marine animals.

To kick it off, there’s the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. They have 100’s of different animals. Some of them have been injured & are being hospitalized right there in the aquarium. They also have technological games & activities that you can participate in during your visit. You can explore & discover the marine life they have there, touch stingrays in their touch tank & so much more.

We can’t forget about Snooty, the oldest Manatee in captivity.  Bradenton has a much smaller aquarium however it is a quick trip just of Anna Maria Island.  The South Florida Museum has lots to do including a planetarium.  Kid’s, don’t forget you can see Manatee’s in the wild at many of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals.  One great pick is Jackie’s Cottage at 209 North Harbor.  Manatee’s are often seen in the canal pool side.

There’s also the Clearwater Marine Hospital (C.M.H.) in Clearwater that holds one of the most unique dolphins ever, Winter. If you haven’t seen the movie Dolphin Tale, Winter is a dolphin that lost her tail in a crab trap accident & is the one & only dolphin with that kind of disability. She now has a prosthetic tail & is living happy & healthy in C.M.H. You can see Winter & all her friends at C.M.H. & some of the other activities. They have a hurricane simulator, some of the actual props & sets that they filmed in the movie, otters, turtles, & so much more. See more at

Enjoy your summer & keep in touch with Kid’s Corner!