Mote Aquarium Visitor Information

Welcome to Mote Aquarium on City Island in Sarasota, Florida! Discover everything you need to know for a fantastic visit, from admissions and accessibility information to maps and exhibit descriptions. Plan your trip with confidence, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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

To guarantee entry, tickets MUST be purchased online. On busier days we have sold out, and we cannot guarantee walk-up tickets will be available. Members are also encouraged to reserve their tickets online in advance. Each ticket is sold at a 15-minute window during each hour. Once it is your entry time, you can enjoy the Aquarium for as long as you would like until 5 p.m. The last arrival window will be at 3:45 p.m. daily. Tickets must be purchased on site and in person for two admission specials: Active Duty Military personnel only (free admission with current ID) and Aquarium guests applying reciprocal partner discounts (must show current reciprocal partnership membership card and ID). For these special offers, limited walk-up tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No other special offers are accepted at this time.

  • Adults (13 & older): $29
  • Youth (ages 3-12): $21
  • Children (ages 0-2): Free

Mote Members: Free. Become a MemberCurrent members must reserve their free tickets online before visiting. Go to to register your membership so you can reserve your free tickets.

Veterans Day: Mote Aquarium extends complimentary admission to all United States veterans and their military dependents, with valid IDs for both veterans and military dependents, on Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day) each year. Must purchase tickets in person to receive the discount.

Group rate

Parties of 10 or more paying guests are invited to take advantage of our group rates. Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. For more information, call 941-388-4441, ext. 216 or email

  • Adults (ages 13 & older): $23
  • Youth (ages 3-12): $19


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