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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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A fun side trip

While in Bar Harbor we decided to check out the Oceanarium. We very much enjoyed learning about the lobster hatchery, walking the marsh and learning about lobster fishing. I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Haddonfield, NJ
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a family-owned business. You will learn everything you have ever wanted to know about lobsters and you will get up close and personal with them. The man who spoke about lobstering was funny and charming. A true Maine lobsterman with a dry sense of humor. He let us touch a (banded) blue lobster, a large, electric blue living... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

While in Bar Harbor we decided to check out the Oceanarium. We very much enjoyed learning about the lobster hatchery, walking the marsh and learning about lobster fishing. I would highly recommend it to families or anyone that wants to learn.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

the Oceanarium is a fascinating place. We have visited both of their locations, most recently the one in Bar Harbor. Our grandsons loved the discovery pool touch tank and all of us were educated and entertained by the lobster hatchery tour and by the lobster boat presentation. We have visited a number of times and there are always new and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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154 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to Mount Desert Island Oceanarium. Interesting displays coupled with a really interesting and humorous presentation by the senior staff member which had the kids (small and big!) enthralled. Recommended.

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Oldsmar, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great for learning about lobsters and local sealife. Great for kids and families...very convenient..nice visit.

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Muldrow, Oklahoma, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Owned by a couple from Southwest Harbor, David & Audrey Mills, they know their stuff! We had the 3 tour choice. First Audrey told us all about some of the smaller ocean creatures in the area. We learned about sea urchins, sea cucumbers, horseshoe crabs, and sea stars (star fish). She also allowed you to touch or hold some of... More 

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Gilmanton, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My 8 year old loved it. People are very knowledgeable. Better for younger kids - although my husband loved the Lobster hatchery tour

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Massachusetts
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34 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect as the website is minimalist. Some kid-friendly stuff, but some of the talks/videos might be too long for young kids. Very educational, some hands-on stuff for the kids. We skipped the marsh walk, and just did the building tours, which take about 90 minutes.

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Elgin, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
56 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Want to learn about lobsters and see a big blue lobster, this is the place to go. Go and see lobsters from eggs to the size that they can be released.

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Huntington, West Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was informative and learned a lot about how difficult it is for a lobster to survive till it can be caught and how challenging the job is for lobster fisherman.

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