Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 Map · Phone number
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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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Cake by SharkTracker exhibit
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Ceremony at the Chickee Hut
Ceremony at the Chickee Hut
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Band in the New Pass
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Dessert station
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Tables in the aquarium gallery
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Sparkler sendoff
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Floral table centerpieces
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Raised rose bouquet centerpieces
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New Pass Balcony
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Table setting and centerpiece
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Indoor Aquarium Gallery
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Reception hall lighting
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Clean look for the reception with red napkins
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Head table setup
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Aquarium dinner setup
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Head table
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Lighting Courtyard
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Draped Tanks
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Head table and decor
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Cake in front of shark tank
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Head table arrangement
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Exploration Gallery Mural
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Courtyard Ceremony
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Chickee Hut Dock
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Mammal Center Mural
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Aquarium Gallery
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Designing Daughters Courtyard
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Courtyard Gala
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Chickee Hut
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New Pass Room
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New Pass Balcony
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Chickee Hut Lawn
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Mangrove Dock
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Dock by Chickee Hut
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New Pass Balcony
New Pass Balcony
New Pass Balcony
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Ceremony in Aquarium
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Courtyard
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Courtyard
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Keating Dock
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Keating/New Pass
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Chickee Hut Ceremony
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Chickee Hut Ceremony
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Chickee Hut Cermemony
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Chickee Hut Ceremony
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New Pass Room
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New Pass Room
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Courtyard Reception space
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New Pass view
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New Pass Room - Bestie Brunch
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New Pass Room
New Pass Room
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New Pass Room
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Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
Courtyard Bat Mitzvah
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Party on the Pass
Party on the Pass
Party on the Pass
Party on the Pass
Party on the Pass
Party on the Pass
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Party on the Pass Mote Event
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Cake by SharkTracker exhibit
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Ceremony at the Chickee Hut
Ceremony at the Chickee Hut

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

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    Kayson Mune-Ath · Getting married on 06/24/2020

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    It was a great and amazing experience

    It was great and beautiful scenery and would recommend it to others.

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  • Nancy

    Nancy Nelson · Married on 09/11/2019

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    Nelson/Gravina Wedding

    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

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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?
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  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
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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
    941-388-4441 x139 (139) (Phone number)

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