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Mount Desert Island Oceanarium

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My son didn't want to leave

We went here last year and unfortunately they had cancelled the marsh walk. However, we did all the... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Rascal K
via mobile

Unfortunately when we visited, the lobster hatchery was closed which was the main reason of the... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2017
England, United Kingdom
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“marsh walk”(42 reviews)
“touch tank”(69 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Route 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've visited in 2005, and again in 2015. We find the educational displays and active lobster hatchery highly interesting and very informative, not only for showing the life cycle of lobsters, but at the cooperation of fishermen in working to give lobsters a head start...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Very slow presentation with very little interesting information. The presenter was friendly and humorous, but it was definitely not worth $12.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We saw ads for this all around, only to drive over there to find it closed. Like very closed...a tarp covering the sign. There’s isn’t any indication as to why or if it’ll ever open. Saw nothing regarding a closure on their website either.

Date of experience: August 2018
9  Thank BethH82104
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

We went here last year and unfortunately they had cancelled the marsh walk. However, we did all the lectures they had. Everyone who reviews seems to forget the touch tank. My son lost his mind watching the moon snail snot itself up and the sea...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Rascal K
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

There is definitely the good, the bad and the ugly at this Aquarium. The good is that the owner’s cause is noble. The bad is this facility in bad need of tender loving care, investment and renewed vision and the fact that their hatchery was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
14  Thank 760es
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Great learning experience and seeing the lobster hatchery was quite interesting. Lots of info on the native animal life!

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Erin M
Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately when we visited, the lobster hatchery was closed which was the main reason of the visit. And we were not told until we had payed already. So I didn't find it a good value for money. There were two lectures that I found very...More

Date of experience: October 2017
8  Thank 737kirkek
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

The four of us spent about 2-2 1/2 hours there and are glad we did. The information we received was very well presented and interesting. Even walking through the marsh land afterward was a great experience.

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank CARDJR
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We were able to take 28 women to the Oceanarium. Thought it might be more for kids but boy were we wrong. It’s not only extremely interesting and educational for adults but is the best comedy show in town. We all loved it and learned...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Robin L
Reviewed October 17, 2017

This is a small place, but very well organized. There were 3 areas, each with a different person showing a different aspect. The first room was full of vats of baby lobsters. After listening to a very interesting presentation about lobsters, we walked around and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Ellen P
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February 1, 2018|
Response from Jim H | Reviewed this property |
Everything we saw was on ground level. I don't remember steps for any f the buildings.
October 6, 2017|
Response from TIA1966 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm seeing this the day after but yes, this would be a great activity on a rainy day.