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 and scroll over "Aquarium." Behind-the-scenes tours and venue rentals are available. To learn more, call 941-388-4441, email, or visit



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Average Visit Time

Half day




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