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Sarasota Bay Explorers
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Sarasota Bay Explorers
At Mote Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.
City Island, Sarasota, FL

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Nature Safari

Our newest exciting eco-tour gives the visitor an in-depth look into the unique ecosystem of south Florida.

Cruise in the comfort of our covered boat with our captain/naturalist and a marine biologist to the beach on Lido Key for a fascinating walk along the beach and through the trails where you will experience many different ecosystems including coastal grasslands, wetlands, uplands and tidal mangrove forests. The guide will spot and identify a vast variety of native plants and animals.

Reboard the boat and now it's off to do some real hands-on discovering. We beach the boat on a sandbar and wade to the grass flats (Personal Nets and Waders Provided) to find live shells, sea stars, many varieties of fish, crabs, sand dollars and even sea horses.

On the cruise back, our natualist will discuss in more detail the marine life collected on our safari. An experience of a lifetime for the whole family.

Some suggestions for you to bring: waterproof camera, bathing suit, towels, watershoes and sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.). This trip does require some physical exertion and may not be suitable for all ages. Not recommended for children under 6 years old.

Adults: $45
Children (6-12): $40


All activities in conjunction with Mote Marine Aquarium.
Reservations required on most activities. 30-minute check-in required.
Covered boats with restroom. U.S. Coast Guard certified.