Mote Aquarium is part of the Mote Marine Laboratory that was founded in 1955. This AZA-accredited aquarium is open to the public and is suitable for all ages. This aquarium in Florida is home to over 100 species of marine life. It offers touch pools, a view of working labs and interactive exhibits. Exhibits are broken up in the following areas: Rivers to Sea, Bay Habitats, Florida’s Reefs, Mollusk Hall, Shark Tracker, Contact Cove, Shark Habitat, Ray Touch Pool, Sea Turtles Ancient Survivors and The Seahorse Conservation Laboratory. In addition, there are dolphins and manatees.
Rivers to Sea offers information and exhibits on Florida’s freshwater areas, Bay Habitats has such animals as puffers, snook and seahorses, some of the most colorful fish can be seen in the Florida’s Reefs exhibit and a 27-foot-long giant squid that has been preserved can be seen in the Mollusk Hall area. Sharktracker not only offers information on tracked sharks but also bonnethead sharks housed in a 15,000-gallon tank. Visitors can pet a stingray in the Ray Touch Pool and The Seahorse Conservation Laboratory offers information and exhibits on the seahorse-breeding program done at the Mote Aquarium.
Mote Aquarium has educational programs, overnighters, field trips, internships and activities for all ages of children. There are also many activities for adults.
Where To Find Coupons & Discounts For Mote Aquarium?
The aquarium issues FREE passes for many special causes and promotions. Call the aquarium to find out the latest one.
A Military discount is offers at the Mote Aquarium. All active United States Military personnel with a current ID receive a FREE aquarium admission.
Groups of 10 or more can receive a group rate. Reservations must be made more then one week in advance.
The 2011 Entertainment Book contains a coupon for 20% off the regular price of admission up to $25.
A $3 off admission printable discount coupon is available at the couponsforfun.com website. It is good until March 31, 2014.
Teachers can receive one FREE Mote Aquarium ticket when presenting a pay stub or proof of current employment at the admissions desk.
Students that receive an A in science on their final report cards can receive a FREE Mote Aquarium admission with a paying adult through July 31, 2011.
For the last couple of years, Mote Aquarium has offered a FREE mother or father ticket with the purchase of a child’s ticket on Mother and Father’s Day. (Mother’s ticket on Mother’s Day, Father’s ticket on Father’s Day) In addition, a discount is offered on most purchases at the gift shop.
Also through September 30, 2011, employees of Southwest Florida hotels, restaurants and bars can get into the Mote Aquarium for $5. That is $12 off the regular admission ticket price! This discount ticket is offered to the employee and one other guest. Proof of employment must be shown.
Special promotions and deals are offers at this Florida aquarium throughout the year. To see the latest promotion visit their website, and click on their calendar. A current offer is to dress in like a penguin and receive $5 off admission.
Mote Aquarium has a Facebook page and announces specials and events on it.
Memberships to the Mote Florida aquarium start at $50 for two people. If you plan on just three trips to the aquarium or to the aquarium and a reciprocal zoo, you will have it paid for and the rest of your trips are FREE. Benefits include FREE admission for you and guests for one year, FREE or discounted admission for over 100 zoos, aquariums and gardens throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, discounts at the gift shop, educational programs, parties, breakfasts and boat cruise, behind the scenes laboratory tours and more.
Mote Aquarium Details
The Mote Aquarium in Sarasota Florida is open every day of the year from 10 am to 5 pm.
Regular ticket prices are Adults $17, Youth 4-12 years old $12, Children under 4 are FREE, Seniors $16.
Parking is FREE.
A restaurant in located on the grounds of the aquarium and offers items such as hamburgers and salads.
A picnic lunch can be enjoyed at the nearby Ken Thompson Park on City Island.