Weekends at Mote A-scare-ium

Plan your visit for Oct. 24, 25, 31 or Nov. 1 and get $5 off with code SCARE. Then visit in costume and join our "Scarenger" Hunt! It's fun for the whole family!

Details: mote.org/scare


Come sea us!

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.

Our first priority is to take great care of our guests and our team. We've recently enhanced our already high standards of health and safety:

What you need to know before visiting


General admission includes access to Mote Aquarium and its exhibits in the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Members must also reserve their tickets online in advance (mote.org/membership). Each ticket will be timed to a 15-minute window when the guest should arrive, and the last arrival window will be at 4 p.m. daily. All guests and members will start their experience at our main entrance. Tickets must be registered on site, in person for two admission specials: Active duty military guests (one free admission with current ID) and guests applying reciprocal partner discounts (show reciprocal partner membership card and ID). Limited tickets are available for these walkups each day on a first come, first served basis. No other special offers are accepted at this time.

Adults (13 & older): $24
Youth (ages 3-12): $18
Children (ages 0-2): Free
Mote Members: Free. Become a MemberCurrent members must reserve their free tickets online before visiting. Go to mote.org/membership to register your membership so you can reserve your free tickets.

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.


9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. See details about timed tickets above.


Call (941) 388-4441 or email info@mote.org.


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.)

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 selfguidedtours@mote.org

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!

This casual, retro, '50s style diner exclusively serves visitors and members of Mote Aquarium with a fun, affordable, family-style menu. Call 941-388-3415.

Download the current menu (PDF)

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.

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 habitats are also viewable from the second floor, which has an overhang that protects visitors from inclement weather. 

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