Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Mote Marine TurtleExplore the secrets of the sea through touch pools and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Marine Aquarium features a 135,000-gallon shark habitat, touch pools for stingrays and other sea life, manatee, dolphin, and sea turtle exhibits, and more than 100 species of marine life. Be sure to drop by the Immersion Cinema that features a 40-foot-wide High-Def screen and interactive console that allows you to affect the outcome of the movie. The aquarium also features a rehab hospital for sea turtles and is a world-renowned research and conservation facility. You can also witness their scientific research, as it happens, in viewable working laboratories.

The Aquarium’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat, Shark Zone is also home to the world’s largest grouper species (the goliath grouper) and other popular Florida game fish. Learn how Mote cares for the sharks and the training methods they use to keep them healthy.

Breakfast with the Sharks, Shark Encounter, kayak trips, and interactive hands-on eco-boat tours are just a few of the ways to experience this Sarasota family fun attraction. Mote Marine Aquarium also hosts special kids holiday themed events. 

Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236. Just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota by way of the Ringling Causeway, and one mile north of St. Armands Circle. Mote Aquarium is located on City Island.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.


Call (941) 388-4441 or email

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