We strive to make Mote Aquarium as welcoming and inclusive as possible. Mote has been designated an Autism Friendly Business by CARD at University of South Florida.

Although the Aquarium offers a high-sensory experience in general, we have compiled a limited number of sensory-friendly backpacks available for check-out (with ID exchange) at the front desk for Aquarium guests with sensory differences to borrow.

Guests can also prepare for their visit using our Sensory Guide.

The Sensory Guide includes information about what it’s like to visit Mote Aquarium, and it describes what is included in our sensory-friendly backpacks.

Mote Aquarium's Sensory Guide

Special Announcement

Join us for Sensory Saturdays, select dates when Mote Aquarium open its doors an hour early exclusively for individuals who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Individuals with disabilities who would benefit from a calmer sensory experience are also welcome.

Mote will foster an inclusive environment for these aquarium guests.  Our exhibits may be enjoyed under soft lighting without heavy crowds, and with decreased noise level and visual stimulation wherever possible.

Sensory Saturday will open at 8:30 a.m. Groups will be allowed time entry to minimize crowding. Regular Aquarium hours begin at 9:30 a.m. Check out the Mote Events Calendar for future dates and to purchase tickets today.