General FAQs

Where is Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium?

Our main campus is at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Does Mote offer behind-the-scenes tours or animal encounters?

Please check out our Experiences section to learn which special experiences are available at this time.

Does Mote offer guided tours of the Aquarium?

We have specially trained volunteer guides stationed throughout The Aquarium who are there to answer your questions about the animals in our care and about our organization. We offer several special Experiences but do not offer guided tours. Our volunteer guides have all undergone more than a dozen weeks of training so that they can answer your questions, and we encourage our visitors to engage with them for a truly interactive visit.

If I sign up for an education program, do I have to buy a ticket to The Aquarium as well?

In some cases, our education programs include admission to The Aquarium; in other cases our programs do not include a visit to The Aquarium. Please be sure to check the program-specific information provided.

I have specific questions regarding my program, how do I find the answer?

Please review your specific program page and related emails for additional information including start time and meeting location, what to wear and bring, cancellation policy, and additional important information to prepare for your program. You can email with questions and we will forward them along to your program lead.


Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar at