Join us for a week of TANKS-giving Fun!

To celebrate the season of thanks, Mote is offering a cornucopia of family-friendly programs. From guided tours to dip netting in the bay, we have special activities to help you enjoy time with those dearest to you. Grab your family and friends and make some Mote memories!

Please note that none of these activities are drop-off programs. They are for all ages (kayaking for ages 12 and up) and require all children to be accompanied by paid, participating adults. All participants MUST pre-register. See each program link and description for additional details and to purchase tickets. These programs do NOT include aquarium admission. Visit mote.org/tickets for more details and to purchase aquarium admission tickets.

Saturday 11/19 @ 11:00 AM - Family Dip Netting in the Bay

Splash into Sarasota Bay! Join Mote for some fun outdoor exploration. Participants will use dip nets to explore the nearshore seagrass beds and learn about the plants and animals that call the Bay home. REGISTER HERE!

Monday 11/21 @ 8:30 AM - Guided Aquarium Tour

Join one of our ocean experts on a guided tour of our main aquarium building featuring our resident sharks, stingrays and coral reef galleries. Please note that this tour does not include admission to the entire Mote Aquarium. Guests who wish to visit the Marine Mammal Center or further explore Mote Aquarium after the tour will need to purchase separate admission. REGISTER HERE!

Monday 11/21 @ 11:00 AM - Seashore SEAfari

Put on your adventure hat and explore the mangrove forest at the end of City Island with one of our professional educators. Learn about the importance of this incredible habitat and complete a seashore scavenger hunt while enjoying one of the best views in Sarasota. REGISTER HERE!

Tuesday 11/22 @ 8:30 AM - Guided Mammal Center Tour

Join one of our ocean experts on a guided tour of our Goldstein Marine Mammal Center featuring our resident sea turtles, manatees, otters and Oh Baby! Please note that this tour does not include admission to the entire Mote Aquarium. Guests who wish to visit the main Aquarium or further explore the Marine Mammal Center after the tour will need to purchase separate admission. All ages. REGISTER HERE!

Tuesday 11/22 @ 1:00 PM - Afternoon Paddle

We are offering a special afternoon paddle during Thanksgiving week! Take a nature break this holiday week with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some sun as we look for dolphins, manatees, birds and more. REGISTER HERE!

Friday 11/25 @ 11:00 AM - Family Dip Netting in the Bay

Splash into Sarasota Bay! Join Mote for some fun outdoor exploration. Participants will use dip nets to explore the nearshore seagrass beds and learn about the plants and animals that call the Bay home. REGISTER HERE!

Saturday 11/26 @ 8:30 AM - Breakfast with the Sharks

You and your chums will have a great time sinking your teeth into a light continental breakfast while you learn about our favorite finned friends and Mote’s breakthrough shark research. During this program, you'll meet our resident sharks, watch a narrated feeding of our bonnetheads, and have all of your shark questions answered. After breakfast, you’ll learn about the breakthrough research going on at Mote during a guided tour of our Aquarium. REGISTER HERE!

Sunday 11/27 @ 8:30 AM - Morning Paddle

Start your day off right with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some sun as we look for dolphins, manatees, birds and more. REGISTER HERE!

Infographic of above schedule for programs and events happening 11/19 to 11/27.

Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar at mote.org/events.