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Maine State Aquarium

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Address: 194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
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A popular aquarium for families, with an unusual attraction: a...

A popular aquarium for families, with an unusual attraction: a shark-petting tank.

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Great for kids

This place is great for the kids. It is much smaller than expected. But it is packed with all kinds of live fish. The kids can look very close into the tanks. There is also a pool... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took our girls and they loved the touch tank. Fun for the whole family.. Beautiful location too. It would be a great place to pack a picnic lunch and eat while you enjoy the view.

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Thank Selbi B
Sunapee, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would definitely take children there. They get to hold and touch see life. Building small, but grounds are beautiful. I am going back and bringing my grandchild. I earned things I didn't know!!!!

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Thank Linda H
Seekonk, MA
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a nice little aquarium. Touch tanks are always fun! Not too crowded and you can visit and have time for other things in the area.

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Thank mersee
Waltham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Do not expect much .. if you do not have access to an Aquirium at home, give it a try. In good weather, the ocean view from the parking lot is good ... bring a sandwich

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This place is great for the kids. It is much smaller than expected. But it is packed with all kinds of live fish. The kids can look very close into the tanks. There is also a pool kids can get there arms wet and touch some live sea animals. Our children loved it ages 2,3,5.

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Thank kuttfam
Phippsburg, Maine
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104 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Limited exhibits. Not really worth the time. Only activities are for kids 5-10. The fish exhibits are few and not very well presented. The young people "manning" the exhibits were almost rude with people who asked questions and their knowledge of the exhibits was limited.

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Thank Maine-e-yak_007
Saranac Lake, New York
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

My 2 and 5 year old kids loved this place. It's not huge, but the touch tanks and friendly volunteers sucked in the kids and adults and we lost track of time. Lobster presentation was also a great and informative time, the hands on component kept even my 2 year old riveted. Plus, the prices were awesome- I had to... More 

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Lisbon, Connecticut
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8 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The place was beautiful !! The grounds offer picnic area and a fishing pier. The exhibits were very interesting but the building was small

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We thought a trip to the aquarium would be fun, and it was - for twenty minutes. The fish and sea life are mainly from the local area, but there just aren't too many of them. Might be a good place to take the kids, but really a rip-off for adults. Don't waste your time!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a one-room aquarium. It is very small but I really did enjoy visiting it! They had an interesting variety of creatures, including my favorite, a baby octopus probably five inches wide, as well as a huge lobster and a shark and ray touch tank. Outside, you can walk along a pier and if you desire, do some fishing.... More 

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