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Maine State Aquarium

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194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
+1 207-633-9559
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I couldn't have looked at fish in a Petsmart for free.

Seriously, this "aquarium" is essentially one room of somewhat-short-of-fascinating sealife. Even... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Donald S
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Warren, TX, United States
fun fish encounter

we visited the Aquarium for something to do. They have packed a lot of info and fish into a small... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dadimeo
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New York
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A popular aquarium for families, with an unusual attraction: a shark-petting tank.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“touch tank” (100 reviews)
“sea cucumbers” (25 reviews)
“scallops” (17 reviews)
LOCATION
194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
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+1 207-633-9559
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"touch tank"
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"sea cucumbers"
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"scallops"
in 17 reviews
"sea creatures"
in 23 reviews
"small sharks"
in 12 reviews
"rainy day"
in 25 reviews
"blue lobster"
in 11 reviews
"hermit crabs"
in 9 reviews
"great for kids"
in 14 reviews
"shark tank"
in 8 reviews
"huge lobster"
in 8 reviews
"star fish"
in 7 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 7 reviews
"small place"
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"kids and adults"
in 12 reviews
"local sea life"
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"large room"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Seriously, this "aquarium" is essentially one room of somewhat-short-of-fascinating sealife. Even for a mere $7.00 adult admission ($5.00 for seniors), the place offers little return for the cost of a ticket. My wife and I were pretty much done in less than a half hour....More

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MEStAquarium, Front Office Manager at Maine State Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

We are so sorry to hear that you did not have a great visit here at our aquarium. We try to accommodate our guests by offering informative presentations, catch and release fishing, and interactive learning opportunities at our touch tanks. Yes, we are small; however,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

we visited the Aquarium for something to do. They have packed a lot of info and fish into a small space. we had an enjoyable time. well worth the time spent

Thank dadimeo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great learning experience in a very small aquarium. Everything is close up and hands on. I am not a New Englander so I learned a lot. Had no idea how long it took for a lobster to be big enough to end up as dinner....More

1  Thank out4agoodtime
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this place. Yes, it's small, but the staff and the touch tanks make up for it. The touch tanks have a lot of animals that the staff will enthusiastically teach about. There was a lobster presentation and a squid dissection while we were...More

Thank Shannon E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful! We learned so much about maine lobsters, the history, all about the lobster boats and fisherman!

Thank iranianprincess7
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

The actual aquarium isn't very large but there is a large selection of species. The grounds are nice and makes for an excellent picnic spot with fabulous views.

Thank yerpud
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

It was one room that was 30percent gift shop a touch tank and a few fish tanks on the wall. Except for a cool tshirt for my daughter and petting a shark it really wasnt worth the drive

5  Thank biggamemike
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is a special place with a touch tank and many tanks full of fish and ocean life. Its very well done. It has magnicenet views of the harbor. I went here as a kid and now my family goes here as well. Very interesting...More

2  Thank beth190
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Everything positive about visit .... touch tanks were a nice feature..only downside was small gift shop.. Would recommend

Thank TPet1
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

It is a great place to see and learn about the local things in the sea. the interpreters were knowledgeable, and seemed to be able to answer questions as they were forming in our minds. The lobster exhibits were great,as was the petting tanks where...More

Thank Robert M
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Hours and Schedule for 2017 Open hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week through August, five days a week in September. Closed Labor Day and every Monday and Tuesday in September. Closing for the season on October 1. I... More
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