New Year, New You: Your Guide to 2019 at Mote Aquarium

Seas the day and check out exciting Mote events and programs to make your 2019 fintastic





Education Programs

Aquarium Experiences


From shellebrations to festivals and lectures to mixers, our events calendar has something for everyone in your pod.

Coffee with a Scientist: Join a Mote scientist for coffee, pastries, and a short presentation during this free event.

Tea for the Sea: This high tea event celebrates women’s leadership in the fields of science and philanthropy.

  • Feb. 6 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

Special Lecture Series: World-renowned speakers and scientists share their marine-related research and experience during this annual series. 

  • Mondays in March at 6:30 p.m.
  • WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory  

Party on the Pass: This annual party features food and fun while supporting Mote’s Dolphin, Whale, and Sea Turtle Hospitals.

  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Courtyard at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Run for the Turtles: A sanctioned 5k and 1-mile fun run to support Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program. NEW this year: join the 1-mile fun run virtually!

  • April 6 at 6:30 a.m.
  • Siesta Key Beach


With interactive and educational programs, the world of marine science is your oyster.

Spring Break Camp: Hands-on activities, visits to Mote Aquarium, and more will make your child’s spring make turtle-y awesome.

Shark Pups & Grown Ups: Preschoolers (and their favorite adults) will be introduced to the wonderful underwater world of marine science during these morning programs. 

Sea Snoozes: Your group will get to “sleep with the fishes” during this overnight program in the Aquarium. 

Endless Oceans: adults are welcomed to explore the world of marine science through this series of engaging lessons and hands-on experiences


Enhance your Aquarium experience, and you’ll be shore to have a good time.

Shark Encounter: Go behind the scenes with our Aquarium Biologists to learn about the toothy residents that call Mote home, and you’ll even get to help feed the sharks!

Bay Walks & Talks: Start your Saturday visit to Mote with a stroll through the mangroves of Sarasota Bay with your very own educational guide.

Morning Rounds: Spend the morning behind the scenes with our Aquarium Biologists to learn about the extraordinary care our animals receive.