As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our guests, Mote Aquarium Staff and Volunteers, and out of an abundance of caution, Mote Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public, effective March 16, 2020, until further notice. Regular updates of Mote Aquarium operations status will be available at either 941-388-4441 or on this page. If you purchased tickets online for a day when Mote Aquarium is closed, your tickets will be refunded. If you have any questions, please email:


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


1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 (on City Island)

Get directions.


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.)

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 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!

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.

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

Adults (ages 13 & older): $19
Youth (ages 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. 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).

Fossil Creek

Play marine paleontologist—purchase a packet of sand and sift out hidden fossils using a sieve in a mini waterway. All fossils are real and yours to keep. Then pose for your picture in front of the huge megalodon shark jaw!
Fossil Creek costs $11 per packet of sand ($9 for Mote Members), or purchase an Aquarium admission bundle.

Wheelchair availability

Several manual wheelchairs are available for free at Mote Aquarium on a first come, first served basis.

Service dogs

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
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. 

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