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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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Very Interesting - For the First half Hour

The good: The aquarium is devoted to local sea-life so, if you've never seen the creatures in... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
Concord, Massachusetts
Small but Awesome!

We chose to visit the aquarium right when it opened at 10 AM on a morning that was overcast since... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Norfolk, Virginia
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A popular aquarium for families, with an unusual attraction: a shark-petting tank.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“touch tanks” (71 reviews)
“sea cucumbers” (20 reviews)
“scallops” (17 reviews)
194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
+1 207-633-9559
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

The good: The aquarium is devoted to local sea-life so, if you've never seen the creatures in Maine's coastal waters up swimming up close (other than lobsters), this is a great place to go. The staff are very nice and more than willing to discuss...More

Thank luvfergie27
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We chose to visit the aquarium right when it opened at 10 AM on a morning that was overcast since we couldn't sit by the pool. After visiting the Oceanarium two days prior in Bar Harbor, which was a disappointment, we were so happy we...More

Thank chgerl
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a wonderful place to sit on the grass and watch the boat traffic go by. On the other hand, the aquarium itself is really geared toward young children - not much there if you're out of elementary school. So go to the grounds...More

Thank T9-Orca
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a very nice experience for kids, with knowledgeable staff to answer marine questions. Loved it.

Thank jmbb M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

The touch tank is great. The place is small, but well done. The volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful. The lobster explanation is very informative. The coloring etc. room has great displays while the little ones are busy making sea monsters! Don't pass up the chance...More

Thank sbj04769
Reviewed 25 August 2017

It's small but packs a lot in. The lobstering explanation is good for youth and adults. They the some unusual colored lobsters and you can pet a live shark. Some adults would go thru this place in 30 minutes kids more time is needed

Thank Fran M
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Do much to do and too little time! Paintings, models, half models, lighthouse lens inside. Historic shipyard outside eith the Bath ziron Works as a backdrop. Highly recommend.

Thank Ellen M
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Likely, when you think of an Aquarium you are thinking BIG and FULL of aquatic life... This is not the case. This is a very small, but well kept aquarium and the grounds are very well groomed and the water view is really nice. It...More

Thank glitterqueen1975
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Very nicely done really small aquarium. Informative staff and fantastic touch tanks. See sea stars and scallops interact. Touch a dogfish shark. Great view.

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Stopped on my way out of Boothbay Harbor with my 8 year old grandson. He loved the touch tanks. The exhibits were somewhat limited but nicely done. There were also several interactive question boards, which he enjoyed. Entrance fees are very reasonable.

Thank CaptBill617
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Michael D
28 August 2017|
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Response from Advice03431 | Reviewed this property |
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
Amanda M
31 August 2016|
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