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Mount Desert Island Oceanarium

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Address: Route 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207-288-5005
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Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery Is an Amazing Place to Visit!!!

Extremely informative and fascinating presentations on lobsters, the growth cycle, risks, predators and the lobster fishing industry. Great place to visit!! Kids will like it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Extremely informative and fascinating presentations on lobsters, the growth cycle, risks, predators and the lobster fishing industry. Great place to visit!! Kids will like it too.

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

found out everything there was to know about lobsters. saw baby lobsters. heard all about catching lobster.

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Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we have visited the Oceanarium . A very informative lecture and learning tour . The hatching lobster eggs and how they are working with them, very interesting

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Keedysville, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited after reading about this facility's conservation efforts. It is the only lobster hatchery in the country. Their goal is to help increase the lobster population in Maine. We had previously known almost nothing about the life cycle of the lobster, and came away with a much-improved understanding. The tour was divided into 3 parts: --interactive session with a... More 

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Sherman, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is important because of the rare chance to impact the lobster industry in a positive way. Your fee will support their efforts to restock lobsters into our ocean.

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Thank Peggy B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our way out of Mt Desert Island. The kids enjoyed the tanks and touching the lobsters. The information about lobsters was interesting and getting to see the little lobsters was cool. Plus there is a blue lobster. This is a good cause and thing they are doing.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most people say its a great rainy day trip. I say its a great stop anytime. You will get to learn a lot about lobsters. This is a must visit when you are in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little unorganized but great experience. You have an option between 2 packages. Both packages have 3 stations which last about 30 minutes. One package adds on a 1/3 mile walk around the property. The lobster museum had poor sound equipment so was hard to hear but the fisherman was extremely knowledgeable. The hatchery was very interesting. The discovery zone... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was super casual, working lobster hatchery. Could be a super rainy day activity as well. Very interesting discussion of lobsters by a real Maine lobsterman, show and tell in the hatchery, and a retired lobster boat on premise.

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mount Desert Island Oceanarium is a must visit for your trip to Bar Harbor! My family visited the Oceanarium on a cloudy day in August. The tour we took was very well organized (although we wished that the sessions didn't start until everyone was present - we didn't want to miss any of the great information!) and broken into... More 

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