As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our guests, Mote Aquarium Staff and Volunteers, and out of an abundance of caution, Mote Aquarium is temporarily closed to the public, effective March 16, 2020, until further notice. Regular updates of Mote Aquarium operations status will be available at either 941-388-4441 or on this page. If you purchased tickets online for a day when Mote Aquarium is closed, your tickets will be refunded. If you have any questions, please email:

In addition, we are extending all Mote memberships to reflect the length of Mote Aquarium's temporary closure. In the meantime, renewing your membership or starting a new one will help us care for our animals and continue our mission.


NEW: Enjoy Mote online — education, social media, webcams & more!


  • As of May 19:
    Here's a brief update from our team!

    We're finalizing efforts to further heighten health protection for our entire Mote family of staff, volunteers, interns, members, supporters and the visiting public. As those efforts near completion, we will share updates on the health and safety enhancements we’ve made, and we will assess when and how we'll reopen Mote Aquarium and transition to on-site operations at all Mote campuses.

    Please stay tuned to this page and @MoteMarineLab on social media for updates. In the meantime, remember to swab the decks and wash your hands, fins, claws, flippers, tentacles, etc.!

  • As of April 8:
    Click the new button above to learn more about all the ways you can still enjoy Mote online, from virtual education and social media to Aquarium webcams and our weekly email newsletter.

    Below is one highlight: our updated schedule of virtual programs on Mote's main Facebook page (@MoteMarineLab).
    • Mondays (April 13, 20 & 27) at 11 a.m.:
      ReMote Experiments
      Get ready to SEA Science at Home! Investigate some of science’s big questions in these easy to follow experiments, using common household items. Share a video of your family's experiment with us on social media.
      #ReMoteExperiments #ExploreIndoors
    • Tuesdays at 4 p.m.:
      Adventures of Cecil the terrapin

      Cecil the diamondback terrapin will explore Mote Aquarium. Tune in for turtle-y awesome adventures! #ReverseTurtlePatrol
    • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.:
      Shark live feed

      Watch our team feed the sharks in Mote Aquarium and enjoy a special narration.
    • Wednesdays (April 15, 22, 29) at 4 p.m.:
      From the Field
      Come out and virtually explore with our team as we observe nature in our own backyard. Each week, we will highlight a different habitat/ecosystem in our region, discuss local ecology, highlight Mote research programs, and observe wildlife.
    • Fridays at 11 a.m.:
      Virtual tour of “Savage Ancient Seas”

      Mote’s Ross Johnston will introduce you to the amazing skeletons of huge, extinct, Cretaceous predators in this special visiting collection at Mote.
    • Fridays (April 10, 17, 24) at 4 p.m.:
      Creature Feature

      Join us every Friday as we feature one of our furry, scaly, or slimy residents at Mote Aquarium. Learn fun facts about the featured creatures and get a little insight into what it takes to keep them happy & healthy!
  • As of March 25:
    • Mote’s 34th Annual Run for the Turtles (originally April 4) has been postponed. As soon as responsibly possible, we will announce a new date.  Support of this event remains welcome and vital for the Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory. Sponsorships and registrations will be carried forward to the new scheduled event.
    • All items below remain in effect.
  • As of March 19:
    • Mote's onsite education programs in Sarasota and the Florida Keys are cancelled through April 15, in line with closures of Florida public schools.
    • The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on April 25 in the Florida Keys is cancelled.
    • All items below remain in effect.
  • As of March 18:
    • Mote’s Party on the Pass (originally March 20) will be postponed. As soon as responsibly possible, we will announce a new date.  Your support of this event remains welcome and vital for our rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals.
      Sponsorships and tickets can be carried forward to the new scheduled event.
    • Tours are temporarily cancelled at Mote campuses, including our regular public tours at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration.
    • Mote Ocean Fest in Key West (originally March 28) is postponed. As soon as responsibly possible, we will announce a new date.
    • We are working on a modified schedule of education programs, and increasing our digital programs so we can continue sharing our passion for healthy oceans, and our appreciation of community, with you!
    • The Mote team invites you to keep the ocean conversation going on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and enjoy our live manatee cam and otter cam!
  • March 16: