We're excited to offer these private programs for single-household groups who would like to visit Mote and have their own adventure! 

When: Program days and times vary, see each description for details; pre-registration is REQUIRED
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members
A minimum of 2 participants must register, with a maximum group size of 6 total single-household participants. Aquarium admission is NOT included in this program.

Important notes: 

  • Participants must be from one household unit.
  • Any equipment used will be thoroughly sanitized between programs.
  • For programs with behind-the-scenes components, guests may bring a camera, but there are areas which you may be asked not to photograph or video record.
  • ​Program elements are subject to change without notice due to animal needs, weather, or staff needs.
  • There are no refunds for this program unless Mote cancels.
  • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium adheres to CDC and State of Florida public health guidelines. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear masks. Unvaccinated people should follow CDC and State of Florida public health recommendations. For more information, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus

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Only available programs and dates will show; this program does not maintain a waitlist. See below for program options and details. 

Adventure Options

Morning Rounds

On this private tour just for your family, your educator will guide you through the morning routine at Mote Aquarium, as our biologist prep for the day. You’ll learn about your favorite sea creatures, have all of your ocean questions answered, and possibly even catch a glimpse of our animal-care team doing their morning rounds! Finally, you and your family will have an opportunity to feed animals. We have two Morning Rounds experiences to choose from. Pick which to attend based on your schedule or your favorite animals! On Sundays and Fridays, Morning Rounds is held in our main aquarium building, home to our fish and invertebrate galleries. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, we will explore our Marine Mammal Center, home to our resident marine mammals and reptiles. This experience begins at 8:30AM. Pre-registration REQUIRED (see button above).

A multi-generational family of 4 gather together in front of a manatee exhibit in an aquarium.

  • This is a walking tour and will take place both indoors and outdoors.
  • Cool, comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended.
  • Reusable water bottle is recommended.
  • Ages 6 and up ONLY (all youth must be accompanied by a paid adult participant)

Animal Encounters: Turtle Time

Meet Mote’s resident turtles! Pay an early morning visit to the sea turtles at the Ann & Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research & Rehabilitation Center, where you’ll learn all about sea turtles in Florida. Then head over to our classroom and spend some quality enrichment time with our education animal ambassadors, Smiley, Booger and Pearl! This experience begins at 8:30AM and is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pre-registration REQUIRED (see button above).

A juvenile terrapin turtle looks at the camera.

  • This is a walking tour and will take place both indoors and outdoors.
  • Cool, comfortable clothing and footwear recommended.
  • We highly recommend sun protection (sunglasses, hat, long sleeved sun shirt, sunscreen etc.).
  • Reusable water bottle is recommended.
  • Ages 6 and up ONLY (all youth must be accompanied by a paid adult participant)

Dip Netting in the Bay 

Splash into Sarasota Bay for some fun outdoor exploration in this private field experience just for your family! Participants will use dip nets to explore the nearshore seagrass beds and learn about the plants and animals that call the Bay home. Please read the details listed below to best prepare yourself for this experience. This experience begins at 11:30AM and is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from September to May only. Pre-registration REQUIRED (see button above).

  • This is an outdoor program
  • Guests will wade in water up to waist deep
  • Closed toe, water shoes required
  • We highly recommend sun protection (sunglasses, hat, long sleeved sun shirt, sunscreen etc.).
  • Reusable water bottle is recommended. 
  • All ages (all youth must be accompanied by a paid adult participant)

Only available programs and dates will show; this program does not maintain a waitlist. Email educate@mote.org with any questions.