Mote Aquarium

Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tickets must be reserved online.

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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 habitats 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 must be purchased online in advance. 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 gallery "Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas").

A green sea turtle at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota
Manatees at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota

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