Mote Aquarium

As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our guests, Mote Aquarium Staff and Volunteers, and out of an abundance of caution, Mote Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public, effective March 16, 2020, until further notice. Regular updates of Mote Aquarium operations status will be available at either 941-388-4441 or on this page. If you purchased tickets online for a day when Mote Aquarium is closed, your tickets will be refunded. If you have any questions, please email:


Come meet our fish—and our scientists. Mote Aquarium is your window into the ocean, featuring more than 100 species of marine animals and showcasing working laboratories where real scientific research happens.

Discover our amazing oceans by visiting our 135,000-gallon shark habitat, meeting our resident manatees and sea turtles, and exploring coral reefs and other ecosystem displays teeming with diverse fishes, cool crustaceans and gracefully drifting sea jellies. Explore our wild watershed through exhibits featuring energetic river otters, along with toothy crocodilians such as alligators and caimans.

Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal care, wildlife conservation and research, education and more.

Tickets can be purchased onsite or online. *Please note discounts, coupons and promotions are not available with online ticket purchases. General admission includes access to Mote Aquarium's main buildings (focused on sharks, other fishes and invertebrates) and the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center (with sea turtles, mammals, crocodilians, and the exhibit "Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas").

Harry the green sea turtle at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota
Manatees pictured underwater at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota

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