Sarasota, Florida 34236
Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
Our working aquarium gives you an up-close experience with a variety of marine animals and fish, including two touch tanks and a 135,000 gallon shark habitat. You can also witness our scientific research—as it happens—in viewable working laboratories. Be sure to say “Hi” to some of our star residents like the manatees Hugh and Buffett, and the sea turtles Caleb, Hang Tough, Harry, Shelley and Montego. More than 100 species of marine life call Mote their home, and you are more than welcome to meet them all.
How would you like to experience the ocean? Head out on a boat tour? Feed a shark? Have breakfast with the fish? Maybe celebrate your birthday on Sarasota Bay? We offer a variety of experiences for anyone who loves the ocean and its inhabitants. Join us for an experience that you won’t soon forget.
We believe conservation begins with education, and the sooner we can educate each other the better off our oceans and our lives will be. With our education programs, you can dive in and get your feet wet and your hearts inspired. We offer programs for all ages from guppies to adults.
Mote Aquarium is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal care, wildlife conservation and research, education and more.