Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Take a closer look at our wondrous oceans by visiting Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – home to more than 100 marine species and to interactive exhibits featuring the lab’s world-class marine research. Located on Sarasota’s City Island just north of St. Armands Circle, the Aquarium offers plenty to “sea” for locals and visitors alike. Discover manatees, sea turtles, North American river otters and many fascinating fish including large sharks and tarpon in Mote’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat. Watch sharks swim to special targets for their food – a behavior that helps Mote aquarists take good care of them – during narrated training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. See wondrous seahorses, cuttlefish that change color in a blink, and other fish and invertebrates that Mote raises and displays to raise public awareness about our oceans. At the exhibit “Sea Turtles: Ancient Survivors,” guests can meet real sea turtles, learn about the threats they face in the wild, and follow the oceangoing journeys of turtles tagged by Mote scientists. Mote Aquarium is a unique Informal Science Education Center that brings the research of Mote Marine Laboratory to life. Guests can peek into working labs and enjoy exhibits about real Mote science. In addition to visiting the Aquarium, people of all ages can sign up for education programs for an even closer look at marine research and ocean ecosystems. The Aquarium is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 365 days per year. For visitor information, go to www.mote.org and scroll over "Aquarium." Behind-the-scenes tours and venue rentals are available. To learn more, call 941-388-4441, email info@mote.org, or visit www.mote.org.

Meeting Spaces

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Reception Capacity
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Theater Capacity
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Exhibit Capacity
Ceiling Height
U‑Shaped Capacity
WAVE Center
Our newest venue is a large, multi-purpose location ideal for both conferences and special events. From full audio-visual capabilities and WiFi, we can accommodate your day or evening event.
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200
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The Chickee
Built by members of the Seminole Indian tribe, the Chickee picnic area is an outside covered pavilion next to beautiful Sarasota Bay. It’s one sure way to give your event an authentic Old Florida feel.
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60
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New Pass Room at Keating Education Center
The New Pass Room is features a 1300 wrap around balcony that provides spectacular views of Sarasota Bay, New Pass, and the Gulf of Mexico. New Pass Room is also perfect for hosting seminars and includes complete A/V capabilitie
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200
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4300
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Aquarium and Courtyard
Mote Aquarium is perfect for an evening reception and rental includes access to all Mote Aquarium exhibits, such as the 135,000-gallon shark tank and reef fish exhibit. It’s a beautiful way to enjoy a get-together.
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400
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Amenities

Amenities

Bus Parking, Concessions, Tables & Chairs

Average Visit Time

Half day

Contact Information

Group Sales Email: groupsales@mote.org, Group Sales Phone Number: 941-388-4441

Cuisine

American

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant, Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking, Scooter/Wheelchair Rentals, Wheelchair-friendly

Discount

Group Discount, Military Discount, Senior Citizen Discount