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Maine Solar System Model

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Address: US Route 1, Presque Isle, ME
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Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook...

Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook County.

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While driving we were wondering, "What in the world are those things on the side of the road?" As we arrived at our destination we discovered that they were not of this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Mike P
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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently drove to Presque Isle from the Calais area, about a 3-hour drive, for a weekend trip. There's not a lot to look at along that route and the Solar System model was a fun "scavenger hunt" of sorts for the ride home. We pulled up the website to get a rough idea of where each planet was --... More 

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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While driving we were wondering, "What in the world are those things on the side of the road?" As we arrived at our destination we discovered that they were not of this world...except for one...it was the Solar System. Pretty neat!

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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First of all, this is unlike most scientific "exhibits" you will ever see. For me it was worth the drive from Portland. If you have a bit of nerd in you, this is for you. (And so it was for me.) Truly gives you an idea of the "space" of space, and how we fit into that. The sun, housed... More 

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Presque Isle, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing these along the road is interesting, especially if you want to break up the travel a bit. Suggest making it a game to look for them and then stop to take a photo in front of each model.

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Boscawen, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's interesting to try to find the rest of the solar system. Everything is to scale of our solar system.

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Searsport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

A neat project by a school class to place the planets along the highway by scale in size and distance.

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Caribou, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I love pointing the planets out to the kids! It's something that other areas don't have. Creative! They need to be maintained however...they're starting to look a little rough.

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Brownsville, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Ok, this is not the greatest thing in the world, but it is a lot of fun. My wife and I were all excited driving down the road looking for these planets. Honestly we probably got way too excited about it, but it was fun. We even went on to the UMPI campus and found the "sun" at Folsom Hall.... More 

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Jasper, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Kids (and adults) will get a big kick out of spotting the planets as you drive south from UMPI. It is pretty amazing to picture to scale of the solar system, since it it to scale!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is a great, scaled version of the solar system. The whole system is about 40 mile in length. It is just one of those "quirky" things that you can do that makes a great vacation memory.

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