The Mote Aquarium, by the Mote Marine Laboratory is a fabulous facility that is one of the best in the fields of research, ... More
The Mote Aquarium, by the Mote Marine Laboratory is a fabulous facility that is one of the best in the fields of research, wildlife conservation and care. The aquarium is also an excellent educational facility that provides a unique experience with touch-pools and other interactive means of learning and connecting with the ocean world. They have a number of exhibits which put more light on the marine life and creatures there in. The facility also arranges for interactive sessions like Breakfast at Mote or even Birthdays at Mote. Do check the website for details.
We go to Mote whenever we are in Sarasota. It's a really nice visit. As others have indicated, lots of sea critters and knowledgable people there anxious to fill you in on them. The "hands-on" area is a neat place. Plan at least a couple of hours.
When you've finished seeing Mote, head over the the Pelican Man's right across the street.
The Mote is a small public aquarium but is still a good way to do something different with the kids one afternoon. Besides seeing the fish on display you should take the bay boat tour run by the Mote. It was a realy fun way to spend time on the water and see some of the actual sea life in Sarasota Bay. A Mote marine biologist will use a net to dredge the bay for sea life and then let the kids have a hands on experience with what he finds. My five year old loved it.
Unlike most aquariums that I have been to, Mote has volunteers willing to tell you about the animals you are looking at. Everywhere you turn there is somebody there to better explain things. Even though there are explanations right next to the displays, there were still some things that I did not understand and the volunteers helped me to better understand. Mote also has a "clinic" for the animals were you can, through the glass, watch them treat sick animals or watch babies being born or growing up. My whole group consisted of adults and we found ourselves very entertained even with the activities mainly focused on children. PLEASE VISIT MOTE AQUARIUM FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!
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