Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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:

  • The New Pass Room - a 4,300 square-foot room featuring a 1,300 square foot balcony that provides spectacular views of Sarasota Bay, New Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, accommodating 130 guests (with a dance floor).
  • The Chickee - an outside covered pavilion with waterfront views for 56-100 guests built by members of the Seminole Indian tribe, giving your event an authentic Old Florida feel.
  • Aquarium and Courtyard - spacious venue for 50-400 guests, includes access to all Mote Aquarium exhibits, such as the 135,000-gallon shark tank and reef fish exhibit.
  • WAVE Center - a large, multi-purpose location complete with full audio-visual capabilities and WiFi, accommodating 150-250 guests.

History

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.

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Clean look for the reception with red napkins
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29 Reviews for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Emily · Married on 03/03/2019

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    Shkrab Wedding 12.30.18

    I honestly do not have enough wonderful things to say about Allison. She is absolutely one of the nicest people I have ever met. I was in no way an easy bride. I had 5 million questions, constantly second guesses every decision I made, and changed decisions a hundred times. Allison never batted an eyelash. She was always ready to answer all my questions to the best of her ability, was patient with my constant changes and always ensured me I was on the right road with my planning which definitely helped my stress level.

    Beyond Allison's amazing service... the video is just stunning. Our ceremony was in the New Pass Room, Cocktails in the Aquarium, and Reception on the Courtyard. We did family pictures by the water at the New Pass. Immediate family pictures at Chiki Hut and Our First Look as well as Bridal Party Pictutes on the back pier. Having full access to the grounds was amazing. There are so many gorgeous settings in and around Mote Marine that we got to take advantage of.

    As for my wedding day Mote staff was unbelievably wonderful. Security guard was at our fingertips. He was incredibly kind. He immediately opened all the doors we needed open and he responded very quickly to our needs (such as extra chairs). Allison's co-worker (I forgot her name, but she was also wonderful. We just only worked with her on our wedding day) was great! Any question or concern I had during the getting ready part she was there and ready to help. Allison on our wedding day again was just beyond wonderful. She carted me around to every location I needed to be at any given time. She was also constantly available to cart of wedding guests who were unable to walk far distances. The volunteers were great as well! I did not personally get to meet any of them, but there were a constant presence ready to help educate people and answer questions. Having 10 plus children at our wedding made that fact perfect.

    Not to mention how many people have sharks swimming in a tank behind their wedding cake?!

    Amazing Venue. Great price. Phenomenal staff. I had zero issues at any point during my planning process or wedding.

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    Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's reply:

    Emily...what an incredibly kind review. THANK YOU!!! I am absolutely thrilled that you were happy with your special day and can't wait to see all of the photos! Christina and I wish you, Nathan, and Jayden nothing but the best. Come back and visit us soon!
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    Hanne Blank · Married on 01/05/2019

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    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.

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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 800.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 800.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Parking
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Server(s)
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 5
  • Describe your venue: Banquet Hall, Beach, Marina, Park, Waterfront, Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Server(s), Stations
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Open Bar
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? January, February, March, April, October, November, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? May, June, July, August, September

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    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.

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  • 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota, FL, 34236 See on map
    941-304-4461 (Phone number)

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