Sensory Saturday

June 12, 2021

We are excited to announce that Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will 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 and in accordance with Mote’s Safety Guidelines. Regular Aquarium hours begin at 9:30 a.m. Please note: all guests over the age of 5 will be required to wear a CDC-recommended face covering. If a participant in your group has a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask, you MUST email us at prior to making your reservation, to request a reasonable modification and we can discuss your options. The 8:30AM time slot will be open to those granted ADA mask accommodations.

Click here to download Mote's Accessibility Guide. This guide has been created to help familiarize aquarium guests with its exhibits and sensory considerations before visiting.

Make your reservation today! Click the register button on this page, and then select which Saturday (listed below) that you'd like to purchase tickets for.

Sensory Saturday



Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236