Mote Members help to make our mission a reality, supporting ocean research and conservation, resident animals at Mote Aquarium and public outreach encouraging ocean literacy and stewardship. Become a Mote Member today!

Important Membership Update

Our members are extremely important to us and we wanted to notify you of some changes to our Membership program starting January 8, 2019. In an effort to streamline our membership levels and pricing structure, we will be implementing the below changes:

New Pricing Structure Effective January 8, 2019

Level Price Benefit
Party of Two $95 Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and one guest for one year.
Party of Four $125 Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and three guests for one year.
Party of Six $175 Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and five guests for one year.
Party of Eight $500 Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and seven guests for one year.
Party of 10 $1,000 Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and nine guests for one year.

However, please know we will make every effort to have this transition be an easy process. It is important to note the following:

  • If you are a current member, your membership benefits will not change until your expiration date.
  • To show our appreciation for your ongoing support, our existing members have the ability to lock in their current membership rates, no matter what their expiration date is, until Jan. 7, 2019. Any payments received after the 7th will be credited towards the new pricing structure.  
  • Any existing member that renews before Jan. 7 will also receive the promotion of three free extra months. The 15 months will be added to your current expiration date.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact our membership department at (941) 388-4441, ext. 373 or by email at membership@mote.org.

Purchase a Mote Membership (For New and Renewing Members) — Click here.
Instructions on How to Register Your Membership Account — Click here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Membership — Click here.
Mote Member's Reciprocal Benefits List — Click here.

Current Mote Membership Levels

*Please note: At least one of the named individuals listed on the card must be present in order to use the membership. Please be prepared to show your photo ID.

Level Price Benefit
Loggerhead $65 Unlimited free visits to Mote Aquarium for the individual cardholder for one year. (Total of one*)
Dolphin Pair $80 Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and one guest to Mote Aquarium for one year. (Total of two*)
Manatee Family $110-One Year Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and up to three guests to Mote Aquarium for one year. (Total of four*)
Manatee Family $190-Two Years Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and up to three guests to Mote Aquarium for two years. (Total of four*)
Jellyfish Family $160-One Year Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and up to five guests to Mote Aquarium for one year. (Total of six*)
Jellyfish Family $280-Two Years Unlimited free visits for the cardholder and up to five guests to Mote Aquarium for two years. (Total of six*)
Seahorse Herd $300 Unlimited free visits for cardholder and up to seven guests to Mote Aquarium for one year. (Total of eight*)
Sea Stars $500 Unlimited free visits for cardholder and up to nine guests to Mote Aquarium for one year. (Total of ten*)
Angelfish $1,000 Unlimited free visits for cardholder and up to 11 guests to Mote Aquarium for one year. (Total of twelve*)

Give the Gift of Mote Membership

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.

You may either purchase the gift membership online, you will see there is a box to select that says "give as a gift", or call 941-388-4441 ext. 373 to purchase a gift membership. 

Membership Benefits

As a Mote Member, you'll get an insider's view of our research, have unlimited access to our visitor-friendly Aquarium, receive special educational opportunities and get regular updates about Mote science.

  • Unlimited admission with your guest(s) to Mote Aquarium for one year.
  • Reciprocal benefits granting Mote Members discounted admission to more than 100 zoos, aquariums and gardens across the country. Download our reciprocal list here.
  • Exclusive member-only events thay include movie nights, advance viewing of Mote's new exhibits and special events throughout our member appreciation month.
  • Discounts on most purchases at Mote's Aquarium gift shops, education programs including summer camps and family programs, annual events like Mote's Special Lecture Series and Mote's Fish, Fun and Fright family-friendly Halloween event, and the Sarasota Bay Explorers boat cruise.
  • Subscription to the Mote Insider E-Newsletter and Mote Magazine, which features updates and stories of Mote's sea science research. 
  • Jellyfish Family members and higher receive a 10% discount on venue rentals at Mote. Mote.org/venuerentals
  • Your Mote Membership is 100% tax-deductible!

Member Reciprocal Benefits

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has reciprocal agreements with more than 100 zoos, aquariums and museums nationwide and in Canada and Mexico. These agreements allow Mote Members free or discounted admission to other facilities.

Download our reciprocal list here.

Tips for Using Your Reciprocal Benefits

  • During the year, there may be changes to the list of participating organizations. It is recommended that you call the institution BEFORE visiting to confirm their participation in reciprocation. 
  • The number of visitors admitted with your Mote Membership may vary depending on the organization.
  • Please be prepared to show your photo ID when you arrive at your destination. It is your responsibility to make sure you have your membership card and ID with you to present at partner organizations.
  • Reciprocal benefits apply only to general admission. Special events, parking, rides and other admission charges are generally not included in the program.
  • We do our best to keep our reciprocal list as accurate as possible. If you visit an organization on our list as a reciprocal partner and you are not offered the indicated benefit after you have provided your current Mote Membership card and photo ID, then please ask to speak to the guest services manager on duty for further assistance. If you experience any difficulties at our partner institutions, please let our Membership office know so that we can correct any errors.

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