Local Attractions: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
When you are visiting Anna Maria Island—you are closely located to some of the best attractions that Florida has to offer! Just a short 20 minute drive South from Anna Maria Island you will find the Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Facility.
Here you will be able to see over 100 species of marine life and meet scientists—for an unforgettable experience that lets you dive into the marine world. The aquarium features an “up-close experience with a variety of marine animals and fish”. Get hands on experience with two touch tanks—get to know Hugh and Buffett, the resident Manatees and spend the day with Caleb, Hang Tough, Harry, Shelley and Montego—the resident sea turtles. There is also a 135,000 gallon shark habitat where you can partake in special narrated training sessions and you can even participate in shark feedings!
Spend the day learning through fun and interactive exhibits, touch the sting rays at the Ray Touch Pool, watch baby Seahorses playing and so much more. Learn more about the research performed by Mote Marine at the Ann and Alfred E. Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center and enjoy an entertaining and informative session at the Immersion Cinema.
One thing you simply must do while visiting Mote Marine is embark on the one hour eco-boat tour that allows you to see dolphins, osprey, manatees and other native animals in their natural habitat.
Take some of the memories home with you at the gift shop and enjoy a delicious meal at the “Deep Sea Diner”—a retro 50’s themed diner that offers burger, hotdogs, salads, fries, an old-fashioned soda fountain and mouthwatering hand-dipped ice cream cones and shakes!
The Mote Marine Aquarium is open 365 days a year from 10am until 5pm. For more information on rates, admissions, current events and exhibits, simply visit their website or call at 941-388-4441.
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