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Mount Desert Island Oceanarium

Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-5005
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Ranked #21 of 25 Attractions in Bar Harbor
Type: Aquariums
Traveler Description: The Oceanarium is a unique experience.  Lobstering is the lifeblood of coastal Maine, and (besides growing baby lobsters from eggs to a size that can... more »
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I went here and loved it. We were the only ones that went on the marsh walk and the gentleman (I forgot his name) was very knowledgeable. The rest of the experience was wonderful. I would highly recommend it.

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Lancaster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Even though we are in our 50's, we enjoyed learning about the creatures of the ocean. The touch tanks were great. We visited toward the end of the day when it was less crowded. It's a small place but they do a great job.

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Bangor, Maine
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It's not Boston's aquarium, but they have an amazing touch tank! My toddler loved it! Bring a change of clothes for after the touch tank! They even had sharks you could touch :) we packed a lunch and had a gorgeous view if the harbor! Great family outing

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Rush, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The oceanarium was a bit chaotic but very interesting. I think if they had more help it would be better. But overall, we were very glad we went and would recommend it.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The MDI Oceanarium is well worth a visit. It's not overly commercialised and offers great insight in to the efforts to make lobster fishing sustainable. Although small it's knowledgeable staff offer great details in to a wide range of subjects. Split in to three areas, the museum, hatchery and the discovery area. All three are very informative and educational. Don't... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I was initially put off because we were the only ones there. I thought I was missing something or made a mistake. But it's the one who didn't come who missed out. You see the Hatchery, get an overview of the lobster boats and fishing and then get a chance to touch the sea creatures up and close. You can... More

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had a great time visiting today - on the Marsh walk we learned some interesting things about the region. The lobster boat talk was informative and funny - perfect Maine humor. The hatchery was fascinating and really neat to see the process of raising the lobsters. Last stop was the touch tank. It was the perfect addition to other... More

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Bensalem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were expecting something like an aquarium; as other reviewers point out, the base package is a set of three 30-minute presentations. (There is a marsh walk offered, but we did not sign up for it, as it would have added more time than we wanted to spend.) First we had an explanation of the lobster trade, which turned out... More

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

With the purchase of your ticket you are given a schedule. The marsh walk was just OK. The hatchery is very cool and you get a show and tell type of lecture taking you from the conception of the lobsters to their release back in harbor. The touch and feel part was fun because you can actually hold the fish.

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Oklahoma City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Our party had two senior citizens, four adults, two teens and a child (10). There were 3 talks. First, the lobster nursery. Our host in this area was an intern and she did a pretty good job. The process was interesting. Secondly, we went into a room where the lobster trapping was presented, as well as how lobsters grow. This... More

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