Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is a unique wedding venue located in Sarasota, Florida. You and your guests can experience cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the aquarium, dinner among the sharks, and rehearsal dinners at the Chickee Hut that provides a Southwest Florida-feel. The spectacular animal exhibits and breathtaking views provide a one of a kind setting for your most special occasion, and its waterfront location showcases everything that is special about Sarasota and her islands. Mote is proud to offer our services to ALL loving couples.
Facilities and Capacity
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers both indoor and outdoor unique venue options to host an unforgettable ceremony and reception. Their venue spaces include:
Mote Marine Laboratory is one of the oldest marine research laboratories in Florida. They opened their doors in 1955 as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory in Placida, Florida. The Lab was later renamed to honor a major benefactor, William R. Mote and the contributions he and his family made to help the facility grow in size and reputation. Today, they are located on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor, and the Florida Keys.
37 Reviews for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Lynn Elkes · Getting married on 01/10/2021
Out of the Blue Event
Chaired Out of the Blue Fundraiser for NAMI. Mote was a great venue! Accommodating in every way. The Band had space to expand, people danced comfortably on the dance floor. The caterer, Simply Gourmet was outstanding and also had great space to set up the buffet. Guests enjoyed the sea life exhibits, which was an added plus. I highly recommend Mote Marine. Wonderful Staff to with. And while our Florida temperatures are hot, we had a great Gulf Breeze pass though in the evening which made the covered area feel air conditioned. Phone calls, emails and FB posts keep arriving to say how wonderful our event was. Beautiful venue for any type of Party or Reception! Thank you again Mote for helping us create a Spectacular Event!
Sent on 10/25/2019
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's reply:Lynn, it was our pleasure to host such a great event for an important cause. Your team of volunteers was amazing! So thrilled you were pleased with the event.
Kayson Mune-Ath · Getting married on 06/24/2020
It was a great and amazing experience
It was great and beautiful scenery and would recommend it to others.Sent on 11/14/2019
Nancy Nelson · Married on 09/11/2019
Our daughter got married in the aquarium courtyard on 11/9/19. It was nothing short of spectacular! The ambience of Mote at night is so unique and set the stage for a fantastic event. Allison and her assistant Michael ensured that the space was perfect and all our wishes came true! It was just dreamy! Thank you Allison and Michael!Sent on 11/23/2019
If you are looking for a unique venue to host your wedding or reception, be sure to consider Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. The Aquarium offers several distinctive locations to choose from, breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay, and the ability to get up close and personal with a myriad of marine life. These wonderful features, along with the courteous staff of wedding professionals led by the wonderfully talented Allison Whitten, will ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.