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.

Contact

Allison Whitten
(941) 388-4441 ext 139
awhitten@mote.org

*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.

Pricing:
$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)

      

 

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.

Pricing:
$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.

Pricing:
$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.

Pricing:
$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
www.ccavinc.com

Cakes & Desserts

Cakes by Ron
(941) 365-2991
www.cakesbyron.com

The Cake Zone
(941) 799-2253
www.thecakezone.com

Gigi's Cupcakes
(941) 388-2444
gigiscupcakesusa.com

La Dona Donuts
(941) 702-5207
www.ladonadonuts.com

Pastries by Design
(941) 907-8222
www.pastriesbydesign.com

A Slice of Heaven
(941) 341-0038
www.slice-heaven.com

Catering

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

Der Dutchman

(941) 955-8007

www.dhgroup.com

Harry's Continental Kitchen

(941) 383-0777

www.harryskitchen.com

Innovative Dining
(941) 373-5678
www.innovative-dining.com

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
(941) 383-8821
www.longboatkeyclub.com

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

Michael's On East
(941) 366-0007
www.bestfood.com

Modern Events Catering
(941) 552-9650
www.tableseide.com/modern-events

Morton's Gourmet Market
(941) 955-9856
www.mortonsmarket.com

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

Pier 22

(941) 748-8087

www.pier22dining.com

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

Simply Gourmet
(941) 929-0066
www.simplygourmetcaterers.com

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

EK Event Design
(941) 228-3576
www.ekeventdesigns.com

Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
(941) 315-8212
www.jennifermatteo.com

LH Weddings and Special Events
(941) 356-8048
www.lhweddingsandevents.com

NK Productions Wedding Planning
(941) 362-1088
www.nkproductions.net

Sand Petal Weddings & Receptions
(941) 923-6060
www.sandpetalweddings.com

SRQtees Wedding and Event Planning
(941) 447-7019
www.srqteesevents.com

Swanky Soiree
(941) 893-7860
www.swankysoireeevents.com

Guest Accommodations

Art Ovation Hotel

(941) 316-0808

www.artovationhotel.com

Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach
(941) 388-5555
www.holidayinn.com

Hotel Indigo Sarasota
(941) 487-3800
www.hotelindigo.com

Sandcastle Lido Beach
(941) 388-2181
www.sandcastlelidobeach.com

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

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

Lighting, Rentals & Decor

Affairs in the Air
(941) 745-1797
www.affairsintheair.com

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

Palacios Events
(941) 780-5178
www.palacioseventsllc.com

So Staged Event Rentals
(941) 870-8089
www.sostaged.com

US Tent Rental
(941) 727-3311
www.ustentrental.com

DJ’s/Bands/String Musicians

Bay Kings Band

(805) 746-3387

www.Baykingsband.com

The J.A.C. of All Trades (Jonathan Cortez)

(855) 223-3681

thejacofalltrades@gmail.com

www.jonathancortezmusic.blogspot.com

Jam All Day Entertainment (DJ and Photo Booth)

(941) 321-4663

info@JamAllDay.com

www.JamAllDay.com

Jay Goodley Entertainment (Jay Gordon)

(941) 480-9600

fitz@jaygoodley.com

www.JayGoodley.com

Kristen Elizabeth (Harpist)

(304) 804-4277

www.harpistkristenelizabeth.com

Linda Vasilaki String Quartet

(941) 554-3419 | (941) 350-2193

lvasilaki@oda.edu

Marc Mannino Guiatrist

(941)773-4221

www.marcmannino.com

Nathan Frantz String Quartet

(941) 587-3428

Frantz951@aol.com

Pete Simms

(941) 685-3797

www.petesimms.com

Third Street Exit

(941) 627-8922

www.thirdstreetexit.com

TLS Entertainment

(941) 302-44309

TLS Schalch@aol.com

Officiants

Rev. Kym Brookshire

(941) 330-5551

nnamastekymb@hotmail.com

Michael DeArruda

(727) 350-1491

www.dearrudaweddings.com

A Wedding with Grace

(941) 497-1373

www.aweddingwithgrace.com

Hair & Makeup

Amanda Richards Salon

(941) 896-3902

www.AmandaRichardsSalon.com

Ana Molinari Salon (Fabiola Beckmann)

(941) 376-0812

fabiolabeckmann@hotmail.com

www.AnaMolinari.com

Fresh Salon

(941) 906-7709

freshsalonsarasota@gmail.com

www.FreshSalonSarasota.com

Spa Hollywood

(941) 927-2635

www.SpaHollywood.com

A Victorian Bride Hair and Make-Up Design

(941) 928-3651

linda@avictorianbride.com

www.AVictorianBride.com

Photography & Videography

Alisa Sue Photography

(941) 284-6874

alisasuephotography@gmail.com

www.alisasuephotography.com

Cat Pennenga Photography & Fancy Booth

(941) 806-8680

www.catpennenga.com

Emily and Co. Wedding Photography

(941) 932-8177

www.emilyandcompany.com

Imely Photography and Video

(941) 927-7032

photoImely@msn.com

www.ImelyPhoto.com

Jessica Overholt Photography

(941) 874-0397

www.jessicaoverholt.com

Katelyn Prisco Photography

(941) 961-3318

www.katelynpriscophotography.com

Salvador Robles Photography

(727) 608-0084

www.salvadorroblesphotography.com

Visions Unlimited

(941) 315-3456

les@beautifulvideos.com

www.beautifulvideos.com

Florists

Flowers by Fudgie

(941) 349-9212

www.flowersbyfudgie.com

Beneva Flowers

(941) 806-1975

www.beneva.com

Williams Wildflowers

(941) 735-8001

www.wiliamswildflowers.com