Mote holiday gift guide

Gift Memberships
Give a gift that lasts a year

A gift membership is the perfect way for you to share your love of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium with friends and family who have the same sea-worthy interests.

Aquarium Gift Shop
Show off your Mote swag

A gift shop makeover earlier this fall means it's time to do some shopping! Check out the new Mote gear, including conservation-minded options such as t-shirts made from recycled water bottles. 

Mote Members receive a discount on most items purchased in the gift shop. 

Aquarium Admission is not needed to visit the gift shop. 

Protect Our Reef specialty license plate
Drive coral reef conservation

Purchase a Protect Our Reefs specialty license plate for as a gift or for your own car, truck or trailer.

For each plate sold, Mote’s Protect Our Reefs program receives a direct $25 annual donation. This donation funding goes straight to the restoration and research of our coral reefs so the more plates that are sold, the faster we can restore our coral reefs.

Adopt an Animal
Support the animals in Mote's care

The purchase of a symbolic animal adoption goes towards supporting the care of hundreds of animals that call Mote home. 

Animal options: jellyfish, manatee, otter, sea turtle, seahorse, shark or stingray. 

Adoption level options: $30 e-Pal or $100 Buddy
Support Mote while you shop

Finding your gifts online? Shop on and Amazon will donate a portion of applicable sales to Mote. Don't forget to select Mote Marine Laboratory as your charity! 
Giving Tuesday
Support marine science and education at Mote

After scoring deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's time to give back. Support Mote's mission of marine science research and conservation with a donation on Giving Tuesday.

You can also make an "In Honor" donation to Mote as a thoughtful gift for the marine science lover in your life.

Give on the Mote website or Mote Facebook:

Santa Jaws is coming to town!

People of all ages can celebrate the holiday SEAson with a visit to Mote Aquarium, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 365 days per year at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Meet and take photos with Santa Jaws (Mote's Gilly the Shark dressed up for the holidays) on the following days:
  • Nov. 24, 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Included in general Aquarium admission. Plan a visit to Mote Aquarium here:

Ocean Fest in Islamorada

Get ready to celebrate coral reefs at Mote's Islamorada Ocean Fest, a family-friendly event full of fun, crafts, games, music, food and shopping, showcasing Florida's treasured marine environment while raising funds for coral reef research and restoration. Event details: 

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
  • Founders Park in Islamorada
  • Reduce plastic waste and bring a reusable water bottle to fill at the event's free water refill stations.
  • More details here