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Mount Desert Island Oceanarium

Route 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-5005
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Ranked #21 of 24 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Walked into a disorganized check in counter. Luckily we didn't spring for the "Touch Pool" which should be named the "Touch Bath tub". I got more lobster and seafood facts from visiting a Red Lobster than I did touring this place. The only cool part was the hatchery, where you can see the tiny lobsters in holding tanks.

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Aurora, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went on a rainy day. It was, of course, crazy crowded. We were unable to get into the touch tank (it was booked for the two hours), so we just did the other two tours. Our first was supposed to start at 2:00. But we were stilling getting our tickets at 2:10. So we snuck in the backdoor as... More

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited the Oceanarium on a cloudy day and gave the kids something fun and educational to do. The kids loved Rachel at the touch tank and learned all about local sea life. They were able to hold a sea cucumber, starfish, horseshoe crab, and other sea creatures. The lobster hatchery was really interesting and we got to see a... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

They require you to sit through three half hour long lectures before you can see the touch pool. While I understand that is reasonable for school age and pre school, it is not for smaller kids. Giant waist of a trip.

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Clermont, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

took our teenage grandkids and found it very imformative and educational. The lobster nursery is fascinating and the tour of the premises very educational. The museum talk and tank of different species also informative and educational. Very dedicated people working there and is a seasonal trade.

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Hollywood, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stopped here 1st thing on our way leaving Bar Harbor. They opened at 9am & we were there at 9:15 so we were the 1st customers. This older woman behind the counter was on the phone when we entered. She didn't even acknowledge us nor did she look up, just continued looking down at her paperwork & continued talking... More

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Atlanta, GA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We spent about an hour here during our stay in Bar Harbor. The kids loved the sea creature touch and feel. We loved seeing the little lobster hatchlings.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You get a fanstastic explanation of sea critters like starfish and sea urchins, along with the chance to touch and hold them. The lobster hatchery was not a tour so much as a biologist briefly explaining lobster reproduction in a one room laboratory filled with cylindrical tanks of microscopic lobsters.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If it is rainy or cold, try this hands-on museum. Highly recommended for kids.. The first guide showed us various live sea creatures (sea urchin, horseshoe crab, starfish, etc.) which we could touch and hold. We learned their names, what they ate, how they moved, how they protected themselves against predators, whether we eat them, etc. The second guide talked... More

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We spent 3 hrs here on a raining day and still did not go on the nature walk. The presenters on the exhibits were really interesting. Very hands on for the kids to see lobsters and other sea creatures up close.

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