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Sarasota Bay Explorers
Sarasota Bay Explorers

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

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Sea Life Encounter Cruise

Join a marine biologist on this 1 hour, 45 minute cruise through Sarasota and Roberts Bays. Observe our Florida manatees and resident population of bottlenose dolphins while learning about the ecology, history, and folklore of the area. Your guide will lead you on a short nature walk on an uninhabited island followed by a unique opportunity to view pelicans, herons, ibis and egrets in their nesting habitat. The highlight of this trip is the collection of a sample of marine life with a trawl net. Observe and handle some of the curious residents of Sarasota Bay: puffer fish, sea horses, stone crabs, and cow fish to name a few.

Our 40-foot pontoon boats, the Explorer I and IV, are Coast Guard-inspected covered vessels equipped with on-board restrooms, comfortable seating, cold drinks and snacks. This trip is suitable for all ages. Reservations are recommended, and group rates and special charters are available. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.


Cruise Ticket
Adults: $29
Children (3-12): $25
Children 2 and under: Free

Combo Ticket
(Cruise and Aquarium)
Adults: $46
Children (3-12): $39
Children 2 and under: Free

Mote Members:
Adults: $28
Children (3-12): $24
Show membership card for discount!


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.