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Address: Route 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-5005
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We learned a lot about lobster and got to see and touch some different creatures. We did the full shebang where you can do the touch pool, the lobster hatchery, and the marsh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Kristina S
Pensacola, Florida
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English first
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an absolute treasure that we visited on a very rainy day in Bar Harbor! We are an empty nester couple, but we had a ball learning about Lobsters Life Cycle and Bar Harbor from the various educators! This is educational and intriguing for all ages! The folks that talked were so passionate about their work and made it... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We learned a lot about lobster and got to see and touch some different creatures. We did the full shebang where you can do the touch pool, the lobster hatchery, and the marsh walk. It was a beautiful day outside and the staff are very kind and knowledgeable. We also got to meet the sheep of the property. Very sweet... More 

Thank Kristina S
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

It's not much of an oceanarium--it's almost entirely about lobsters. And we didn't learn all that much about them either. They have a lobster hatchery, but you don't get to really see any of the baby lobsters, just hear a talk. They do have a touch-tank with a few familiar sea creatures (starfish, sea urchin, mussels) but no octopus or... More 

Thank M N
Elgin, Illinois
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228 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Too bad there were some parents who think it is OK for their 4 and 2 year old to run around, scram, yell and worst of all.. climb on the very platform our speaker was using. We could not hear him over the screaming. These kids were picking up buoys and banging them. Picking up iron tools they could barely... More 

Thank Tom R
Seacoast NH
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We went here with our two young children on a recent vacation to Bar Harbor. The older gentleman that starts the tour was very personable and entertaining. The woman that gave the talk in the touch tank room had kind of a condescending, school marm, personality. I know she meant well but I found her slightly grating and irritating. It... More 

Thank DB1977
Lakeville, Minnesota
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139 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect when we visited here. As a warning, the tour takes an hour and a half, as it includes three 30 minute presentations. That's not including the marsh tour, as that would take over 2 hours total then. The hatchery was excellent and informative. If you have time, I would recommend a stop to learn... More 

Thank MNSiouxFan
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94 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Four of us spent several interesting and fun hours at the Mount Desert Island Oceanarium. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the four speakers in different parts of the facility. Our favorite was Dave the lobsterman. Also recommend that you pay the extra money and do the marsh tour if it's not raining.

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Portland, ME
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This place has an opportunity to be a hit, but falls short because they have failed to understand the educational needs and interests of young children. When we arrived, excited about the prospect of a fun activity on a rainy day, we were informed that the only option was to wait 40 minutes for the next tour to start. The... More 

Thank emilydolci
Brooksville, Maine
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8 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The day was rainy. We were looking for a good indoor activity with two children ages 4 and 2. The Touch Tank and lobsters up close sounded good. Sad to say, we did not go in. It was explained to us that we could only enter and see the attraction if we took a 60 or 75 minute,formal, guided tour.... More 

Thank Kathleen H
London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Don't be put off by the collection of rather ramshackle buildings; this is an attraction not to be missed if you are visiting the Bar Harbor area. When you arrive, you are given three different time slots for presentations on the lobster hatchery, local marine life and lobster fishing, and the whole thing works like clockwork. Each presentation was very... More 

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