For the safety of our staff, volunteers and guests, we have temporarily suspended our regular group visitor experiences. In the meantime, we are offering private programs for single-household groups who would like to visit Mote before we open to the general public and have their own adventure! 

When: Program runs from 8:30–10 a.m. by advanced reservation only 
Cost: $25 for each participant (children under 2 are free)
A minimum of 2 participants must register, with a maximum group size of 8 total participants. Aquarium admission is NOT included in this program. See note below.

Important notes: 

  • Guests must be from one household unit.
  • Guests over 5 years old will be required to wear masks at all times while in Mote buildings and while interacting with Mote staff (indoors or outdoors).
  • 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.
  • ​If guests would like to purchase admission after their program, they can do so at the ticket counter for the next available entry time. As a thank you for participating in Choose Your Adventure, Mote offers a discounted rate of $19/adult (ages 13 & older) and $16/youth (ages 3 -12) for the same day of the program with proof of purchase (printed or electronic copy of receipt).
  • Please review our Health & Safety Policies prior to registration and visit mote.org/reopening for more information on planning a healthy visit to Mote Aquarium.
  • There are no refunds for this program unless Mote cancels.

Registration is now open!

See below for program options and details. 

Adventure Options

Private Guided Tour 

On this private tour just for your family, your educator will guide you through the exhibits of Mote Aquarium and its Ann & Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research & Rehabilitation Center. 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!

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.

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!

A juvenile terrapin 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.

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. 

  • 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.

Bay Walk & Talk 

Tired of being stuck indoors?  Join us for our morning Bay Walk & Talks and have a private tour of our coastal baywalks with one of Mote’s educators. Visit and learn about the habitats around the Bay, do a little estuary science and enjoy a beautiful walk outside! 

  • This is an outdoor walking tour.
  • Cool, comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended.
  • We highly recommend sun protection (sunglasses, hat, long sleeved sun shirt, sunscreen etc.).
  • Reusable water bottle recommended.

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

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