Celebrating 40 years at our award-winning Mote Aquarium

In 2020, Mote Aquarium is celebrating 40 years as a family destination for ocean education and fun. Meanwhile, we're celebrating the 65th birthday of the research institution behind the Aquarium, Mote Marine Laboratory.

There's never been a better time to come and sea our award-winning Mote Aquarium. Whether you're visiting your favorite resident animals, like our manatees and river otters, or exploring our ever-changing array of exhibits highlighting rescued corals, the ancient oceans, the underwater soundscape of fish "chit chat," you're sure to find a fascinating new window into our underwater world.

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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium received Tripadvisor's 2020 Travelers' Choice award, thanks to the visitors who love us! Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

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"Was really blown away by how excellent this aquarium was. Very clean and well organized. Way more exhibits than we expected. 100% would recommend!"
-Larry P.


"We had an amazing time with the kids! The otters and the manatees are my absolute fav!"
-Keisha T.


"...great social distancing and Covid precautions. You can’t come to Sarasota without visiting this fantastic aquarium-great for kids!"
-Theresa H.


"Amazing sea life to see and read about! There's a couple touch exhibits and wash stations nearby. It's a good time..."
-Amanda W.

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