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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Sarasota, FL · View map · 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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Megan

Married on 02/02/2018

5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

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” ... Read more 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!

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Ann

Married on 03/23/2019

5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

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 ... Read more 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!

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Sherice Horton

Married on 03/16/2019

5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

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 ... Read more 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!

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