Mount Desert Island Oceanarium, Bar Harbor

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  • 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. Ther...  more »
  • 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 exper...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • I really tried to find information before we went, about whether this would be a good fit for my 2 year old. Turns out it's not. $16pp and you sign on for a 1.5 hour long tour with a guide. The touch tank gets mentioned a lot in brochures and the website, but it was going to be an hour into the tour. It's not an open facility like a museum where you can move from thing to thing at your own pace. So, this is a review from not having entered, but having spoken to the kind and friendly staff at the counter. I wish the brochures and website mentioned that tours are required. They said that they had less flexibility because a tour bus full of people had come, so maybe it's not always like that.
  • Looking at a blue lobster was cool but I was fooled by the decent reviews. Worst part of the trip. I wish I would have skipped it and went home and napped. If you have the choice between napping or going here, choose the nap. Presenters are boring and tired and don't run on a schedule. Worse public speaking ever. Maybe cool for a 5th grade field trip for an hour max. If you're not traveling with small children take a nap.
  • On the pricy side and a little run down, but the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. They run their own lobster hatchery which I found particularly interesting. We brought our young children and the amount of sitting and talking involved was a little much for our youngest (1.5), but our toddler loved the touch tank. Go early to avoid the crowds during the summer, especially on rainy days. They offer veteran discounts but don't advertise it.
  • Good rainy day activity. It is funded by the entrance fee and by private donations. The volunteers take great pride in their work. The visit is educational.
  • An incredible, enlightening experience!!!!❤ definitely worth going to on your trip. The 3 instructors were absolutely incredible. Very knowledgeable and the older woman in the live petting aquarium was hysterical, although no way would I touch the sea cucumber when she offered😰 the man talking about the lobster boat was entertaining and very engaging. Make this a stop on your next trip to Maine!!!!

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