Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is a unique wedding venue located in Tampa, Florida. You and your guests can experience cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the aquarium, dinner among the sharks, and luaus at a chickee hut that provides a Southwest Florida-feel. Their 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.
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 & Aquarium offers many services to create a memorable, one of a kind wedding that you and your guests aren’t soon to forget. They also provide a preferred vendor list of trusted professionals to help make decisions easier. The wedding services they offer 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.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Megan · Married on 02/02/2018
Mote Marine was an absolute dream. Allison and her volunteers were so great to work with. It was exactly what I was looking for in a venue. Great price, and has everything you need. Total “wow” factor. All I can say is all of our guests had a great time, and they always mention how awesome Mote is as a venue. I would 100% do it all over again!
Hanne Blank · Married on 01/05/2019
Sea-loped at the Mote!
We “sea-loped” at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, with just two friends (one of whom was our officiant) and my parents. We got married in front of a tank full of happy smiling (really!) bonnethead sharks and it was *perfect*. Afterward we had the whole aquarium to ourselves for a while — what a treat! The Mote was helpful and so easy to work with. We all had a fantastic time, the wedding was so much fun, and I’m so glad we did it exactly the way we did.
Gabriela Chichande · Married on 12/21/2018
Great venue and staff!!
Our wedding was wonderful and lovely!! Everything was great !! We enjoyed everything and all our guests had a great time!!Sent on 12/29/2018
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's reply:
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.