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Maine Solar System Model

US Route 1, Presque Isle, ME
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook County.
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Florida Keys, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Went looking for Maine solar system model Surprise right off US1 We almost drove pass it- check it out !

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Houlton, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is one of only two in the world(the other is in Sweden,I believe)and the only one to scale in terms of both size and distance.It was done by HS students and their teacher.These kids are the future!GREAT stuff and free!It's spread out over 45 miles and you need to be alert for the small planets!

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Winterport, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We knew about this scale model and had such fun watching for each planet. We were amazed at how long it took to travel between the outer planets and how fast the inner planets came up. Also amazed at the size difference between the outer and inner planets with the later being about the size of the moons around the... More

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Durham, New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Recently traveled from Presque Isle through Houlton as part of a much longer trip. Even though the Solar System slowed us down some, as we stopped to take a few pictures along the way, it did liven up the ride quite a bit. Of course is is impressive to appreciate the scale of it all (the model itself and the... More

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maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

nice to see all of it as you travel along. go into Univ at Presque isle to see sunbeam and nice little museum there

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Until you see the Maine Solar System Model, it is hard to appreciate what the solar system is really like. How empty it is, and how far we are from the other planets. The model shows the sun, nearly 50 feet in diameter, and each planet in proportion to its size and distance from the sun. However you still must... More

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

My sons and I have done this tour of the solar system 3 times now and plan on doing it again at least every 5 years. It's brilliant.

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LILLE, MAINE
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

The sun is appropriately located in the Star City of the County while poor demoted Pluto is in the Shiretown. It is always an experience to go from one planet to the next while I frequently drive along Route One to and from the St. John Valley. This Solar System Model cannot be missed along the highway but it is... More

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Hampden, Maine
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Make the Drive North a Blast for the Kids! The solar system helps the children focus on more than electronics. The planet models are great - and are easily seen from the road. You can even get out and visit each one if you would like. Always enjoy seeing the planets when heading north to Presque Isle.

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Bangor, ME
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Always wanted to see the model along Rt 1. Starts in Houlton, ends in PI. It's easy to miss the smaller planets, but interesting to see the larger ones. It's very educational and the scale model makes it easier to understand just how huge our solar system is.

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