Mote Marine Aquarium features touch pools for stingrays and other sea life, a 135,000-gallon shark habitat, dolphin, manatee, and sea turtle exhibits, and more than 100 species of marine life. Experience the Immersion Cinema that features a 40-foot-wide HD screen and interactive console that allows you to affect the outcome of the movie. This Sarasota, Florida aquarium also features a turtle rehab hospital and is a world-renowned research and conservation facility.
Shark Zone is The Aquarium’s 135,000-gallon shark habitat and is also home to the world’s largest grouper species (the goliath grouper) and other popular Florida game fish. Narrated training sessions take place at 11 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Learn how Mote cares for the sharks and the training methods they use to keep them healthy.
Breakfast with the Sharks, Shark Encounter, kayak trips, and interactive hands-on eco-boat tours are just a few of the ways to experience this Sarasota family fun attraction. Mote Marine Aquarium also hosts special kids holiday themed events. Read our blog article about our visit to Mote Marine Aquarium.
Morning Rounds & Seahorse Tour
Kids and adults can learn more about the animals that live in Mote Aquarium, and get the inside scoop on breakthrough research happening at the facility during their 90-minute Morning Rounds tour. Participants age 10 and older will meet Mote biologists, can assist in feeding animals, and learn how Mote keeps the marine animals healthy while spending some time behind the scenes as the staff prepares The Aquarium for the day. This small up-close and personal experience is limited to five guests each morning. Advanced reservations are required.
Morning Rounds is offered on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the world of seahorses and learn about Mote Marina Aquarium’s conservation and care of these amazing creatures. Kids and adults can assist in feeding during this fun and educational tour. The small and personal tour requires a minimum of two registered participants for the program to occur. A maximum of 5 guests can participate per tour.
Seahorse Tours are offered on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required.
Morning Rounds and the Seahorse tours may be reserved individually, or combination tours are also offered!
Guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. No one under the age of 10 is permitted to participate in this program for safety reasons. Call 941.388.4441 ext. 348 for additional questions about this program. Admission to Mote Marine Aquarium and the exhibits in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center is included in the price of this family fun activity.
Deep Sea Diner
Mote Marine Aquarium’s casual, 50’s-style diner offers visitors an opportunity to get a snack or lunch. The Deep Sea Diner restaurant features an old-fashioned soda fountain where you can get hand-dipped ice-cream, shakes, and ice-cream sundaes. The affordable menu offers soups, salads, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and french fries. Inside and outside dining is available.
General admission includes access to Mote Aquarium and the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center.
Admission: (Effective June 1, 2017)
Youth (children age 3-12): $16
Children age 2 and under: Free
Active U.S. Military: Free
Mote Marine Aquarium Members: Free