Mote Marine Aquarium

Lively Sarasota, Florida and the adjacent barrier islands are delightful and hugely popular destinations for relocating, retiring, or vacationing. Sarasota is well-known as southwest Florida's arts-and-culture capital, but it's also the home of one of the world's top marine science research labs. Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, non-profit marine research institute headquartered on Lido Key, a beautiful barrier island 5 minutes from downtown Sarasota. The lab seeks to advance our knowledge of the seas, and especially marine biology, through its research labs, field stations, and educational programs. Mote Marine scientists conduct research on red tide, coral reefs, fisheries, coastal ecology, and virtually every oceanographic field. In 1978 the Laboratory expanded to include a 10-acre Sarasota campus, field stations, and an eastern Sarasota County Aquaculture Research Park.


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Dr. Eugenie Clark

Mote Marine Laboratory was launched by Dr. Eugenie Clark in 1955 and originally was named Cape Haze Marine Laboratory. The Laboratory moved from Placida to Sarasota in 1960, and it's been on Lido Key since 1978. It was renamed Mote Marine in 1967 to honor the Mote family, its major benefactors. Today, Mote Marine includes seven centers for marine research, the Mote Aquarium, and an educational division active throughout the Sarasota community. Scores of volunteers contribute thousands of hours to Mote Marine annually.

Over 55 Years of Scientific Excellence

In 2010, Mote Marine Laboratory was honored by the Florida Legislature for 55 years of scientific excellence. The name has become so synonymous with Florida that Mote Marine appears in the best-selling Florida mystery novels of Randy Wayne White and in the hit A&E television series The Glades. Mote Marine Laboratory is set near a number of luxury homes at Lido Shores on the north tip of beautiful Lido Key. It's just one of a long list of reasons homebuyers choose Lido Key. 


The Mote Aquarium opened in 1980 as the public outreach project of Mote Marine Laboratory. Visitors explore the seas through hands-on exhibits and high-tech interactive displays that showcase Mote Marine's acclaimed research. Scores of marine species are also on display, and group tours are available. Mote's educational division specializes in public programs for all ages including internships, summer camps, and field trips. The Mote Aquarium is open to the public 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to children 3 years and under, $12 for children ages 4-12, $17 for visitors ages 18-65, and $16.00 for seniors over 65. Annual memberships are also available. Bring the entire family, but please, no pets except for companion guide animals. Mote Aquarium is entirely handicapped-accessible, and wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is always plentiful and free.


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