Getting to Mote

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota on City Island between St. Armand's Circle and Longboat Key. The information below outlines detailed directions to Mote's main campus from several cities in the region. 

FROM BRADENTON: Take US-301 south to Fruitville Rd. Turn right on Fruitville Rd. and go approximately 2 miles until it dead ends at US-41 (North Tamiami Trail). Turn left onto US-41 and turn right at the next traffic light, Gulfstream Avenue. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE.
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Take US-41 south (North Tamiami Trail) following the signs to Sarasota. While on US-41, PASS Sarasota-Bradenton airport, Ringling School of Art and Design, and Fruitville Rd. At the next light, Gulfstream Avenue, (past Fruitville Rd.) turn right. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE.

FROM FORT MYERS/NAPLES: Take I-75 north to Exit 210 (Fruitville Road). Take Fruitville Rd. west approximately 6.5 miles until it dead ends at US-41 (North Tamiami Trail). Turn left onto US-41 and turn right at the next traffic light, Gulfstream Avenue. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE.

FROM ORLANDO: Take I-4 west to I-75 south to Exit 210 (Fruitville Road). Take Fruitville Rd. west approximately 6.5 miles until it dead ends at US-41 (North Tamiami Trail). Turn left onto US-41 and turn right at the next traffic light, Gulfstream Avenue. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVE

FROM ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER: Take I-275 south over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to I-75 south to Exit 210 (Fruitville Road). Take Fruitville Rd. west approximately 6.5 miles until it dead ends at US-41 (North Tamiami Trail). Turn left onto US-41 and turn right at the next traffic light, Gulfstream Avenue. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE..

FROM TAMPA: Take I-75 south to Exit 210 (Fruitville Road). Take Fruitville Rd. west approximately 6.5 miles until it dead ends at US-41 (North Tamiami Trail). Turn left onto US-41 and turn right at the next traffic light, Gulfstream Avenue. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE.

FROM VENICE: Take US-41 (South Tamiami Trail) north (to the Sarasota bayfront) and turn left onto Gulfstream Ave. See FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE.


FROM GULFSTREAM AVENUE
Continue over the Ringling Causeway Bridge to St. Armand's Circle (approximately 2 miles). Enter St. Armand's Circle, making your first right onto Boulevard of the Presidents North following the signs to Longboat Key and Mote Aquarium. Approximately one mile from St. Armand's Circle, just before the drawbridge to Longboat Key, turn right onto Ken Thompson Parkway.

To park, turn right at the third driveway after turning onto Ken Thompson Parkway (follow the signs to PARKING).

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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441
www.mote.org

About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.

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