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Maine State Aquarium

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Exceeded expectations

Took my two grandchildren for a visit during the summer. The building is at the end of the point... read more

Reviewed November 19, 2018
Karen B
South Portland, Maine
Good for the kids

Nice little aquarium for the kids and grown ups if you are interested in learning about the... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
Jim B
Brattleboro, Vermont
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A quaint aquarium, (open Memorial Weekend - End of September), welcoming you to Maine's coast; specializing in the Gulf of Maine species, and offering two interactive touch tanks.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
+1 207-633-9559
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

Took my two grandchildren for a visit during the summer. The building is at the end of the point and overlooks the harbor. That was surprising enough but once you enter the building you enter a room full of exhibits to please all ages. There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Karen B
Reviewed November 3, 2018

This is not a big aquirium, but still worth a visit, thought it was expensive for what you got. Feeding time was the best with the seals

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stozzer1
MEStAquarium, Front Office Manager at Maine State Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thanks for your review. You may have us confused with another aquarium, as we do not have seals. We have dogfish sharks.

Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

The Aquarium is set on a beautiful piece of property on the water’s edge. It’s a nice place to spend a few hours...nice displays, lots of fish and even a hand’s on area that children really love (and adults too!!) If you want to bring...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Nice little aquarium for the kids and grown ups if you are interested in learning about the regional life in the ocean. You get to handle and pet some of the species which the kids really enjoy.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jim B
Reviewed October 1, 2018

We take grands to aquarium each time we go to BBH. Always a fun place to go and learn about the many sea animals around Maine. Would highly recommend to others.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bob V
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Small aquarium with touch tanks & educational exhibits on the outdoor porch. Organized fishing lessons for all & educational exhibits from harbour pier. A taste of fishing & ocean life in Boothbay. Picnic area offers the best view of Boothbay Hbr. The best viewpoint for...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank zehmjoan
Reviewed September 20, 2018

The Maine State Aqarium is not an "aquarium" as we know it, but this Midwest city girl enjoyed it immensely. I held a starfish and touched lobsters and different crabs. The docents explained how these sea animals lived and survived. I never realized how many...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mmzonca
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

This is a VERY tiny aquarium. It is one room and you probably couldn't fit more than a few dozen people in there. The touch tanks are cool, and I found it decently entertaining for my two young children. But even my 3 year old...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Emily K
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Just not what we expected. It was very small & definitely for smaller kids. They do have an outside area on their pier that shows different ways they catch different species of sea life & the fishing exhibit was pretty cool. But it is pretty...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mlom66
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

I am used to much larger aquariums but really enjoyed this one room aquarium. Favorite things were touch tanks, shark, starfish, lobster (albino). Volunteers extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Cost for seniors 5.00 each. You can also try your hand at fishing and pulling a lobster...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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January 23, 2018|
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I think it’s free or a very small charge.
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Hours and Schedule for 2017 Open hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week through August, five days a week in September. Closed Labor Day and every Monday and Tuesday in September. Closing for the season on October 1. I... More
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