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Mount Desert Island Oceanarium

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Address: Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-5005
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Educational and Fascinating

The tour was broken up in 3 stages. Each one was equally enjoyable and educational. The hands-on was particularly fun for the kids. The gentleman who taught the 2nd section was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I'm sure it's a fine attraction, but forget it on a rainy day. When we showed up there was a two hour wait to get in!!! Absurd. You MUST listen to two 30 minute talks in the hatchery and museum, so they set the size group and set the times. Not something my young kids could tolerate for a whole... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

The tour was broken up in 3 stages. Each one was equally enjoyable and educational. The hands-on was particularly fun for the kids. The gentleman who taught the 2nd section was wonderful in how he involved the kids in his talk.

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Bloomsburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I thought this would be better after some of the reviews I read. My husband and I stopped one afternoon and paid $15/each to told about lobsters and reprimanded by staff. First, let me say that they don't always do the Marsh walk, which is the part we were most looking forward to. You are given a schedule and told... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I had so much fun here. I learned more than I ever had before at an oceanarium 3x the size. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. Got to see a mother lobster with eggs, as well as many tubes of babies. Well worth the stop if you are interested in lobster or other sea animal biology.

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Seal Cove, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Learn all about the ecosystem of this coastal area. Includes a tour of the wetland, a visit to the lobster hatchery, and the touch tank, the highlight for kids. Be aware: This is a long activity and not much fun for most little kids. I'd say over 7 or 8. And if it's a rainy day in the summer, expect... More 

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Fultonville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Good talk on the history and current state of lobster fishing by the owner. The ladies attending the lobster hatchery knew all about the life cycle of the lobster and were very good at sharing their knowledge.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This was a very fun place to go on a rainy day when we wanted to be more indoors than out. We learned a lot about lobster and other sea creatures. Very knowledgable and funny staff! Very kid friendly but also adults will have fun learning too.

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Jonestown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This was a really neat experience. Very informative, opportunities to hold ocean creatures as the guide teaches about each creature. Session on Lobster trapping as well as a tour of the Lobster Hatchery. This rated as a top two experience of the week for my 10 year old daughter as well as myself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This place is a wonderful place to go and learn about lobsters and other animals that live in the local bay area. The people who do the talks are absolutely great. They give you so much personal time and are so friendly. A fantastic 2h. Go there! !!!

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Millsboro, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We stopped here on a rainy day on Mt. Dessert Island. Very low tech but definitely worth a visit. The explanation of why lobsters can't be raised in tanks was fascinating. An excellent explanation of the lobster industry on the island.

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Address: Address: Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-5005
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor

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