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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Table setting and centerpiece
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Reception hall lighting
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Clean look for the reception with red napkins
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Pink and yellow uplights
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New Pass--A room with a view
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31 Reviews for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Recommended by 98% of couples


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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    Ann · Married on 03/23/2019

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    Beautiful Location

    This venue was a perfect choice! Allison was extremely helpful and provided great guidance for the ceremony/reception. My decorations were minimal because - shark tank. All of the guest enjoyed walking the aquarium and talking to the volunteers at the touch tanks during the cocktail hour. There were excellent photo opportunities by the water and in the hut. I would choose this location all over again!

    Sent on 04/01/2019

    Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's reply:

    Thank you so much Ann! Loved what some of your groomsmen did to decorate for the ceremony and had an absolute blast being there night of! I could tell everyone had a great time and it was so much fun escorting everyone on the golf cart :) Congratulations and thanks again for sharing your special day with us! -Christina
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    Sherice Horton · Married on 03/16/2019

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    Wonderful Wedding Reception site!

    Mote was the perfect venue for my daughter’s wedding reception. It is an interesting and large venue. We had the cocktail hour in the indoor display area and the dinner/dancing in the courtyard. The shark tank and sting ray touch tank were big draws for the kids, and the tanks are lighted and looked beautiful at night. They even provide volunteers for the evening to interact and help guests that want to explore the many displays. The courtyard is large and easily accommodated 19 guest tables, a two-station buffet, gift table, cake table and selfie-stand table while still leaving plenty of room for dancing. As a fun detail – the DJ was stationed at the top of the shark tank, overlooking the main floor. It made for an amazing evening!

    We worked with Christina the night of the event, and Allison to make the reservation and initial plans. Both of them were extremely helpful and I feel they understood what my daughter’s vision was for her wedding reception. As an extra bonus, bridal photographs were taken on site at the Chickee Hut and looked amazing. I highly recommend Mote!

    Sent on 03/27/2019

    Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's reply:

    It was our pleasure! Thank you so much for allowing us to host your daughter's special day. Best wishes to all of you! -Christina :)

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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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