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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium


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Take a closer look at our wondrous oceans by visiting The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory – 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, a pantropical spotted dolphin 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. 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. The 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 and scroll over "Aquarium." Behind-the-scenes tours and venue rentals are available. To learn more, call 941-388-4441, email, or visit

  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Half day,
  • Contact Information:
  • Group Sales Email, Group Sales Phone Number 941-388-4441,


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29th Annual Run for the Turtles

April 04, 2015
29th Annual Run for the Turtles benefiting sea turtle conservation at Mote Marine Laboratory. Includes a 5K race and 1-mile fun run/walk. On race day, registration begins 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo, south of the pavilion. The 1-Mile Fun Run or Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run begins at 8 a.m. Cost: Adults: $30 through March 21, 2014; $35 from March 22, 2014 through race day
. Children 10 & younger: $20 through March 21, 2014; $25 from March 22, 2014, through race day

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