Whether you're planning a wedding or planning your holiday festivities, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium has just the right venue to fit your needs. From mid-size rooms, to larger halls, to a chickee that provides a unique outdoor setting with a Southwest Florida-feel, our waterfront location showcases everything that is special about Sarasota and her islands.

Each year, millions of visitors travel to Sarasota to enjoy its beautiful beaches and exotic and fascinating marine life. At The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, we showcase the best that the region has to offer in several unique settings perfect for your wedding or other special event that doesn’t require you to get wet to have a great time! Mote Aquarium is one of Sarasota’s premier attractions, hosting more than 300,000 visitors each year. Our venues offer you and your guests a departure from the ordinary with spectacular animal exhibits and breathtaking views.

Read our brochure and review a list of our preferred professionals.
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Did you know that zoos and aquariums are becoming the most popular places for unique wedding experiences? Click here to learn more. At Mote, you can have cocktails at the reef, dinner among the sharks, luaus at a tiki-hut and rooms with great views. Mote venues are available for private rentals from 8 a.m. to midnight each day of the week, including weekends. Prices are reasonable, and — best of all — proceeds generated from rentals support Mote research and public education efforts.

Contact

Paula Clark
(941) 388-2252
pclark@mote.org

New Pass Room

The New Pass Room, in the Keating Marine Education Center, is a 4,300 square-foot room featuring a 1,300 square foot balcony that provides spectacular views of Sarasota Bay, New Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. New Pass Room is also perfect for hosting seminars and includes complete A/V capabilities for an extra charge.

New Pass Room Capacity: 200 for cocktail receptions; 150 for sit-down dinner, with tables and chairs provided.

Hours Available: 8 a.m. to midnight.
Price: $2,100* (*Includes tables & chairs for up to 150 guests).

View from the Balcony of the New Pass Room:

The Chickee

Built by members of the Seminole Indian tribe, the Chickee picnic area is an outside covered pavilion next to beautiful Sarasota Bay. It’s one sure way to give your event an authentic Old Florida feel and is a wonderful place to hold birthday parties, company picnics or casual wedding rehearsal dinners. Picnic area includes electricity, water, grill, wooden picnic tables and chairs.

Chickee Capacity: 60

Hours Available: 8 a.m. to midnight.
Price: $350/4 hours.
1-60 people.

Aquarium & Courtyard

Mote Aquarium is perfect for an evening reception and rental includes access to all Mote Aquarium exhibits, such as the 135,000-gallon shark tank and reef fish exhibit. It’s a beautiful way to enjoy a get-together — watching the sunset and beautiful undersea creatures.

Hours Available: 5 p.m. to midnight.

Prices:

1-75 people ... $1,900
76-150 people ... $2,300
151-250 people ... $3,100
251-350 people ... $3,300
351-400 people ... $4,200
>400 people: Please call Paula Clark at (941) 388-2252 for a quote.

Some of Mote's Preferred Professionals:

Audio Visual

CCAV – Audio Visual Services
(941) 954-5000
www.ccavinc.com

Cakes & Desserts

Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering
(941) 955-9856
www.mortonsmarket.com

Sarasota Catering Company
(941) 927-7675
www.sarasotacateringcompany.com

Catering

Fete Catering & Ballroom
(941) 782-0899
www.caterfete.com

Mattison’s
(941) 921-3400
www.mattisons.com

Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering
(941) 955-9856
www.mortonsmarket.com

Nellie’s Catering
941) 924-2705
www.nelliescatering.com

Sarasota Catering Company
(941) 927-7675
www.sarasotacateringcompany.com

Event Planning

Nellie’s Catering
(941) 924-2705
www.nelliescatering.com

Guest Accommodations

The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel
(941) 388-2181
www.helmsleysandcastle.com

Lido Beach Resort
(800) 441-2113
www.lidobeachresort.com

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
(941) 387-1605
www.longboatkeyclub.com

Lighting

CCAV – Audio Visual Services
(941) 954-5000
www.ccavinc.com

Rehearsal Dinner/Bridal Showers

Fete Catering & Ballroom
(941) 782-0899
www.caterfete.com

Nellie’s Catering
(941) 924-2705
www.nelliescatering.com

Staffing

Nellie’s Catering
(941) 924-2705
www.nelliescatering.com

Wedding resource
www.eleGALA.com