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 Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 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.

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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.


Allison Whitten
(941) 388-4441 ext 139

*Ask us about our 10% member discount (Jellyfish Family Members or higher)

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.

Theater Style Seating Max Capacity (200) Price includes 160 chairs.
Seated Dinner Max Capacity (150) A buffet and dance floor may not fit with a guest count of 150.
Cocktail Style Max Capacity (175)

Hours Available: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 5 - 11 p.m.

$2,500 Wedding Rate
$600 Bereavement Rate (If room has not been booked, we can offer a Celebration of Life rate - may not be booked more than two weeks in advance)

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, wooden picnic tables with chairs, existing grill with two smokers and existing sea shell inlaid bar.

Ceremony Seating Capacity (80)
Seating Capacity for Existing Picnic Tables (56)
Cocktail Style/Hour Max Capacity (100)

Hours Available: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

$800 4 hours
$500 Ceremony & Cocktail Hour
$350 Ceremony Only


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.

Courtyard Max Capacity (400)
Seated Dinner Max Capacity: Aquarium (50), Courtyard (350)
Cocktail Style/Hour Max Capacity: Aquarium (150), Courtyard (400)

Hours Available: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

$2,000 1-75 guests
$2,500 76-150 guests
$3,000 151-250 guests
$3,500 251-350 guests
$4,000 351-400 guests

$350 Use of Aquarium for Cocktail Hour Only (150 guest maximum)


WAVE Center

Our newest venue is a large, multi-purpose location ideal for both conferences and special events. Located adjacent to our main laboratory building, the WAVE Center has value added enhancements that can transform your function into an event to remember. From full audio-visual capabilities and WiFi, we can accommodate your day or evening event.

Theater Style Seating Max Capacity (250)
Round Table Seating Max Capacity (150)
Classroom Style Seating Max Capacity (200)

Hours Available: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or 5 - 11 p.m.

$2,300 4-hour event (Includes the following A/V: Use of screen, projector, and one microphone)
$100 each additional hour (Additional A/V time and services are available, requires a meeting with our A/V professional)

Some of Mote's Preferred Professionals:

Audio Visual

CCAV – Audio Visual Services
(941) 954-5000

Cakes & Desserts

Cakes by Ron
(941) 365-2991

The Cake Zone
(941) 799-2253

Gigi's Cupcakes
(941) 388-2444

La Dona Donuts
(941) 702-5207

Pastries by Design
(941) 907-8222

A Slice of Heaven
(941) 341-0038


Deep Sea Diner
(941) 388-4441 ext. 511

Harry's Continental Kitchen
(941) 383-0777

Innovative Dining
(941) 373-5678

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
(941) 383-8821

(941) 921-3400

Michael's On East
(941) 366-0007

Modern Events Catering
(941) 552-9650

Morton's Gourmet Market
(941) 955-9856

Nellie’s Catering
941) 924-2705

Sarasota Catering Company
(941) 927-7675

Simply Gourmet
(941) 929-0066

Event Planning
*Please check with your caterer for additional event planning services

EK Event Design
(941) 228-3576

Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
(941) 315-8212

LH Weddings and Special Events
(941) 356-8048

NK Productions Wedding Planning
(941) 362-1088

Sand Petal Weddings & Receptions
(941) 923-6060

SRQtees Wedding and Event Planning
(941) 447-7019

Swanky Soiree
(941) 893-7860

Guest Accommodations

Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach
(941) 388-5555

Hotel Indigo Sarasota
(941) 487-3800

Sandcastle Lido Beach
(941) 388-2181

Lido Beach Resort
(800) 441-2113

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
(941) 387-1605

Lighting, Rentals & Decor

Affairs in the Air
(941) 745-1797

CCAV – Audio Visual Services
(941) 954-5000

Palacios Events
(941) 780-5178

So Staged Event Rentals
(941) 870-8089

US Tent Rental
(941) 727-3311