Sea Snoozes are back!

Do sharks sleep? What does a manatee dream about? Find out during a Sea Snooze at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium! Learn about our resident animals and Mote research through scavenger hunts, science experiments, games and crafts all led by professional Mote Educators. Then dive into your sleeping bag in our indoor galleries alongside fish, crabs, corals and more!  All Sea Snoozes include a late night snack and continental breakfast.

Planning your overnight experience

Dates: Sea Snoozes are booked on-demand and are available select FRIDAY AND SATURDAY nights throughout the year
Times: Arrive at 7:00 p.m. and depart 9:15 a.m.
Fee: $75 per participant
Note: 1 adult chaperone per 5 children is REQUIRED and admitted free, additional chaperones are $40 each

Who participates in our Sea Snoozes? (ages 8-15)

  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • School Groups
  • Community Organizations
  • Family Groups Celebrating Birthdays or Milestones

Group Size: Maximum capacity size is 35 participants (including adults and children). Minimum capacity size is 10 paying participants (excluding 2 free chaperones). Please note, if your group ends up being less than 10 participants, you will still be charged for 10 participants. We will not accept groups with more than 35 total participants.

Sea Snooze Brochure Leader Guide to a Great Sea Snooze

Schedule: Click here for a general schedule of what to expect during a Sea Snooze. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Requesting a Sea Snooze

To request a Sea Snooze please click the link below to fill out a request form. Due to the limited availability and popularity of this program, we recommend requesting a Sea Snooze 6-8 weeks in advance. We will email you within 7 business days of receiving your request and either provide a link to register and pay your deposit or  to ask for additional dates if the ones requested are unavailable.  Please note that your Sea Snooze is not confirmed until you have registered via the link provided in the email and paid your deposit.

Deposit: Please read all Sea Snooze information thoroughly as a 20% non-refundable deposit is required within 2 weeks of receiving your Sea Snooze email with the registration link provided. The remaining balance will be due 2 weeks prior to your sleepover, though early payment is appreciated. If your final balance is not received by its due date, we reserve the right to cancel your sleepover and retain your deposit.

Request Your Sea Snooze Sea Snooze Policies


Questions regarding our overnight programs? Email or call 941.388.4441 ext. 133.

Cancellation Policy

If you provide notice of cancellation in writing 15 days or more before the date of your scheduled Sea Snooze, we will credit your deposit and you may use it toward a future Sea Snooze reservation. Once final payment is made (14 days prior to your program), there are no refunds or credits unless Mote cancels your event.

Mote reserves the right to update or modify any program elements as necessary. Modification of a program element by Mote does not constitute grounds for a refund. If your group or individual participants are late and unable to participate in all scheduled activities OR are asked to leave due to behavioral issues and/or not abiding by the rules, a refund, in full or partial, will NOT be granted. Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your order (i.e. a participant is unable to attend last minute due to sickness or other reasons).

In the event Mote has to cancel your program, we will notify you by email as soon as possible and give you the option to reschedule your overnight program or receive a refund in full minus a $15.00 processing fee. See additional policies here.