Walking up to 1 mile.
The extensive breakfast buffet offers a rotating daily variety of hot and cold dishes such as eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, pancakes or French toast, hot and cold cereals, seasonal fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, toast, cream cheese, jams and preserves, yogurt, granola, plus milk, freshly squeezed orange juice, prune juice, freshly brewed coffee and hot teas, water.
In our private meeting room a Mote staff person will conduct a presentation on sea turtle nesting and conservation. An endangered species, sea turtles are protected by law and why it takes a large number of volunteers to protect them. Learn why beach lighting needs to be low during the nesting season why how sea turtles can be better protected. Next we travel approx. seven minutes for a full day field trip beginning with a study cruise on Sarasota and Roberts Bays aboard a 40-foot pontoon boat operated by a U.S. Coast Guard-certified boat captain. The cruise is narrated by a biologist and staffed with Mote-trained volunteers. Observe and learn about native species such as dolphins, manatees, and birds in their natural settings. For a truly “up close” look at marine life, the staff will use a trawl net and salt water containers to collect specimens that may include a variety of crabs, fish, and other critters before releasing them back into the bay.
We'll have lunch at the Mote Marine Deep Sea Diner where you can select from an entrée salad or a sandwich and a side dish, a fountain drink or water, and scoop of ice cream. Or, if you prefer to find a different option on your own, you can walk across the street to the Old Salty Dog, a local favorite.
Before returning to the hotel, enjoy the rest of the afternoon to enjoy Mote’s permanent and rotating exhibits. Learn about all types of marine life common to south west Florida including manatees, sting rays, sea turtles, sharks, and more. The research facility uses sharks in their quest for a cure for cancer. Explore the facilities at your own pace with helpful docents and staff posted throughout the aquarium. Transportation back to the hotel and some free time for swimming before dinner.
At the hotel, enjoy a Mexican buffet with side dishes and dessert, plus coffee (regular/decaf), tea (iced/hot), milk for the grandkids.
Watch sunset on Lido Beach right outside your hotel room or stand on the beach for a better view. Have your cameras ready for a special performance followed by an opportunity for the grandchildren to write a postcard to mom, dad, or a friend.