Note: Resident manatees Hugh & Buffett will be away from their habitat temporarily, while we complete renovations and upgrades. Starting Jan. 13, 2020, both manatees will be behind the scenes for several weeks. Thanks for your patience!
Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway., Sarasota, FL 34236, just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota. From downtown, take the Ringling Causeway to St. Armands Circle and head about one mile north to Mote's address, which is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 (on City Island)
Take exit 210 off I-75 to head west on Fruitville Road. Turn left onto Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). At Gulfstream Avenue, turn right and proceed across the Ringling Causeway to St. Armands Circle. Exit the circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents. Proceed one mile and then turn right at the traffic signal at Ken Thompson Parkway. Main parking for Mote Aquarium will be on the right. (Parking is free.)
Tickets can be purchased onsite or online. *Please note: Discounts, coupons and promotions are not available with online ticket purchases. General admission includes access to Mote Aquarium and its exhibits in the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center.
Adults (13 & older): $24
Youth (ages 3-12): $18
Children (ages 0-2): Free
Mote Members: Free. Become a Member!
- Adult bundle (admission, virtual reality experience, and Fossil Creek): $38
- Youth bundle (admission, virtual reality experience, and Fossil Creek): $32
Military discounts: All active-duty U.S. Military personnel receive free Aquarium admission. A current ID must be presented to qualify.
Veteran's Day: Mote Aquarium extends free admission to all veterans and their dependents with valid IDs on Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day) each year.
Parties of 10 or more are invited to take advantage of our group rates. Reservations are required and must be made at least one week in advance. Please fill out a Group Reservations Request Form or for more information, call 941-388-4441, ext. 106, or email email@example.com.
Adults (ages 13 & older): $19
Youth (ages 3-12): $16
For school and camp groups looking to plan a visit to Mote, please visit mote.org/fieldtrips.
Deep Sea Diner
Mancini Diners, Inc. has cast fine food and superior service into Mote Aquarium waters at the Deep Sea Diner!
Exclusively available to visitors and members of Mote Aquarium, guests can enjoy dining al-fresco or inside the casual, retro, ’50s-style diner. The lively café offers a fun, affordable, family-style menu including chili and chowder, burgers and dogs, veggie burgers and fresh salads, chicken fingers and fries. And don't forget dessert: hand-dipped ice cream, shakes and sundaes. Call 941-388-3415. Click here for the menu (prices and offerings subject to change).
Virtual reality experience
Come immerse yourself in a virtual journey that features 360-degree views, sound and movement. Our new virtual reality (VR) cinema experience, brought to you by Immotion, will take you from swimming with humpback whales to going on an animated rollercoaster ride. Whether you like breathtaking adventures or jumping into action, one of our nine fun-filled experiences is just what you’re looking for.
The experience is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily in Mote Aquarium's Exploration Gallery and costs $6 per person per experience ($5 for Mote Members).
Learn more about the VR experience.
Several manual wheelchairs are available for free at Mote Aquarium on a first come, first served basis.
Mote will allow entry to service dogs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines.
Aquarium exhibit presentations
Special presentations allow you to learn how we care for some of the animals that call Mote home. These sessions are free with regular admission.
Shark exhibit - 11 a.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
Manatees - 1:15 p.m. daily (off exhibit during renovations, starting Jan. 13, 2020, and returning in two to three weeks)
River otters - 1:30 p.m. daily
Crocodilians - 2 p.m. daily
Sea turtles - 3 p.m. daily
Is a visit to Mote Aquarium weather dependent?
No. You can view all of our exhibits from undercover spaces. The main Aquarium and the Marine Mammal Center have both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The outdoor spaces in the main Aquarium building are covered, with open siding (which is temperature exposed). The Marine Mammal Center is mostly covered, with the exception of the first-floor viewing of Otters & Their Waters and The Teeth Beneath. These two exhibits are also viewable from the second floor, which has an overhang that protects visitors from inclement weather.