Visitor Information

The Aquarium
The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has met rigorous, professional standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation and research, education, safety, staffing and more. (Learn more.)

At Mote, you can 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.

The Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.

General admission includes access to The Aquarium, the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center and Immersion Cinema.

Adults (13 & older): $19.75
Seniors (65 & older): $18.75
Youth (age 4-12): $14.75
Children (age 0-3): Free
Mote Members: Free admittance Annual Memberships begin at $60 and include many benefits. Learn more.
Become a Mote Member today.

Eco Boat Tours
The Sarasota Bay Explorers offer a variety of eco boat tours which depart from The Aquarium. Click here for more info, including special pricing packages and tour details.

The Aquarium at Mote is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236. Just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota by way of the Ringling Causeway, and one mile north of St. Armands Circle. The Aquarium is located on City Island.

Take Fruitville Road exit 210 off I-75 west to Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), turn left. At Gulfstream Avenue turn right and proceed across the Ringling Causeway to St. Armands Circle. Exit the circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents. Proceed one mile to the traffic signal at Ken Thompson Parkway and turn right. Main parking for the aquarium will be on the right. (Parking is free.) Click here for directions from neighboring Florida cities.

More Info
For more information, call 941-388-4441 or e-mail

No special offers or discounts are valid with any other offer or discount. The Aquarium at Mote issues complimentary passes for many special causes and promotions. These passes expire at the end of the year in which they are issued. Military discounts: All active-duty U.S. Military personnel receive free Aquarium admission. A current ID must be presented to qualify.

Group Visits/Pre-paid Tickets
Parties of 10 or more are invited to take advantage of our group rates with advance reservations. Reservations are required and must be made at least one week in advance.







Children ages 4–12



Children 3 and younger get in free

For more information, to book your group or to purchase 10 or more tickets:


  • Call 941-388-4441, ext. 348, or toll free at 1-800-691-MOTE, ext. 348.

The Aquarium at Mote features The Deep Sea Diner
Mancini Diners, Inc. has brought fine food and superior service into Mote Aquarium through the Deep Sea Diner. Exclusively available to visitors and members of The Aquarium, the retro '50s-style diner offers a fun, affordable, family-style menu. For complete diner information, including hours of operation and to view a menu, go to

Special Programs
Mote offers special programs and activities for students through educational classroom and field experiences. Go to or e-mail We also offer packages for children's Birthday Parties at Mote and Breakfast at Mote for adult groups.


Wheelchairs and Strollers
Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge. Strollers are not available.

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About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.