Science Is The Attraction at Mote Aquarium!

Come discover our wonderous oceans and meet the scientists working to save them at 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.

Please note: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium adheres to CDC and State of Florida public health guidelines. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear masks. Unvaccinated people should follow CDC and State of Florida public health recommendations. For more information, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus

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Admission

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.

Boat tour information below.

Veteran's Day: Mote Aquarium extends free admission to all veterans and their military dependents, with valid IDs for both veterans and military dependents, on Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day) each year. No reservation is necessary.

Hours

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.

Information

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

Location

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

Get directions.

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.


Mote Boat: Eco-tours

Sarasota Bay Explorers, working with Mote Aquarium, offers interactive, hands-on eco-adventures on the Sea Life Encounter Cruise and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. Reserve your spot by visiting the Sarasota Bay Explorers website.

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)

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.

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.

Resources for guests with sensory differences

Mote has been designated an Autism Friendly Business by CARD at University of South Florida, and our Aquarium offers a free, downloadable Sensory Guide to help you prepare for your visit. Also, a limited number of sensory-friendly backpacks are available for check-out (with ID exchange) at the front desk.

Learn more and download the Sensory Guide on this page.

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