Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236. Just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota by way of the Ringling Causeway, and one mile north of St. Armands Circle. Mote Aquarium is located 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


1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

Get directions


Take Fruitville Road exit 210 off I-75 west to Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), turn left. 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 to the traffic signal at Ken Thompson Parkway and turn right. Main parking for the aquarium will be on the right. (Parking is free.)

Admission Prices

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 The Aquarium and the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center.

Adults (13 & older): $24
Youth (age 3-12): $18
Children (age 0-2): Free
Mote Members: Free admittance. Become a Member!

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 ID's on November 11 (Veteran's Day) each year.

Group Rate

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 call 941-388-4441 ext. 106 for more information or email

Adults (13 & older): $19
Youth (age 3-12): $16

For school and camp groups looking to plan a visit to Mote, please visit

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, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain. 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 & sundaes. Call 941-388-3415. Click here for the menu (prices and offerings subject to change).

Virtual Reality Experience

Come immerse yourself into a virtual journey that features 360 degree views, sound and movement. Our new virtual reality 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 breath-taking 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. everyday, and costs $6 per person per experience. Mote Members receive a discounted price, $5 per person per experience. 

The VR “pods” are located in the Exploration Gallery. 

Learn more about the Virtual Reality Experience.

Wheelchair Availability

There are several manual wheelchairs available at Mote Aquarium. There is no charge for their use and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Service Dogs

Mote will allow entry to service dogs as defined by the American 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
River Otters - 1:30 p.m. daily
Crocodilians - 2:00 p.m. daily
Sea Turtles - 3:00 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 undercover with open siding (which is temperature exposed). The Marine Mammal Center is mostly undercover, with the exception of the first floor viewing of Otters & Their Waters and our newest exhibit, The Teeth Beneath. These two exhibits are also viewable from the second floor which has an overhang which protects visitors from inclement weather. 

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