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“Had a great time”

Mount Desert Island Oceanarium
Ranked #19 of 74 things to do in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed June 20, 2013

The touch tank discovery pool was the best..you actually get to hold and pet various creatures from under the sea and learn about them as well. Good for adults and children. The hatchery was fun too, its hard to believe how small a lobster can be. The marsh walk was not all that fun or informative, so I would skip this part. They have restrooms on site.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

It was a rainy day, so we and several dozen others decided to do an indoor activity, and it was well worth it! The staff are experts on lobsters and sea life and also at relating to both children and adults. The talks were directed at the adults, but the children were included in everything, especially the discovery room touch tank. I learned things about lobsters and lobstering that I never knew! Because it was so rainy, we opted not to do the Marsh Walk part of the tour, which was self-guided. There is no other lobster hatchery anywhere in the US, so this is the only place to see what we saw! Cool!

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Very informational.There are a few different houses to visit as well as a marsh tour.The touch tank was very good,kids get to climb on a lobster boat n dress as a fisherman.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Staff are very positive, friendly and knowledgeable. The displays are a little run down. They aren't too well organized. The touch tank was the coolest part.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

I had been there as a young person and remembered it as being really interesting and that we got to touch some sea creatures so when we were in the area this year, it was a spot that I really wanted my young children to experience. We got there late in the afternoon, after the last tour had gone through. Thankfully, the owner had seen us coming in (two children ages 4 and 2 as well as an infant) and could see that we were travelling and very excited to be at the Oceanarium. Not only did he let us in, but provided a personal tour and allowed the kids to explore the center on their own - answering questions and supplying incredibly interesting facts that drew all of us into the conversation. The staffer that was in charge of the discovery pool stayed late to give us an opportunity to view and touch the creatures in the tank- sea stars, horseshoe crabs, etc. The owner, David, met with us again after the pool- and told us more about lobstering and gave both kids lobster trap liscensing bands that they promptly put on their wrists for bracelets. It was the highlight of our trip! Thank you to David and the staff for taking the time to show us the facility- we enjoyed every minute, especially the 45 minutes after you "closed". We'll be sure to visit again next time we head out that way- God Bless You.

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