Do sharks sleep? What does a manatee dream about? Find out on a Sea Snooze at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium! Learn about our resident animals and Mote research through scavenger hunts, games and crafts all led by an Education Specialist. Then dive into your sleeping bag in our indoor galleries alongside fish, crabs, corals and more!  All sea snoozes include dinner, late night snack and continental breakfast.

Who participates in our Sea Snoozes? (ages 7-14)

  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • School Groups
  • Community Organizations

Click here to download our “Leader Guide to a Great Sea Snooze

Registration opens December 12. Please check back then to reserve a date for your group.

Choose from an open reservation date below; A minimum of 15 participants is required, maximum of 50 participants. Only dates with availability will show.

  • Friday, January 11
  • Saturday, February 16
  • Friday, April 12


Times: Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and depart 8:30 a.m.

Pricing: 15-35 students: $47/person; 36-50 participants: $42/person

1 adult chaperone per 5 children is REQUIRED and admitted free, additional chaperones $15

Contact: Questions regarding our overnight programs? Email or call 941.388.4441 ext. 515

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation 2 weeks prior to the program date we will credit your payment to a future SeaSnooze with Mote program. If you cancel within 2 weeks of the program without a replacement or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program.