Maine State Aquarium, Boothbay Harbor

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  • This is a special place with a touch tank and many tanks full of fish and ocean life. Its very well done. It has magnicenet views of the harbor. I went here as a kid and now my family goes here as wel...  more »
  • Everything positive about visit .... touch tanks were a nice feature..only downside was small gift shop.. Would recommend  more »
  • It is a great place to see and learn about the local things in the sea. the interpreters were knowledgeable, and seemed to be able to answer questions as they were forming in our minds. The lobster ex...  more »
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  • Cute place to bring young kids. I was hoping there would be way more fish and much bigger tanks but for my 2 year old it was enjoyable and admission was really low. They have a really nice area outside right on the water for picnics and such, my son loved to watch the boats in the harbor.
  • Amazing place for education about fish, have a cool touch tank. You can go fishing and crab catching. Good hands on experience.
  • Agree with the other reviews that this place is tiny, but it was great for my almost 3-yr-old. The touch tank is big and has a lot of neat stuff in it: urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs, star fish, scallops, clams, even a little lobster. Petting a small shark in the shark tanks was cool too. The free bait and use of rod at the dock outside is also really nice. There were thousands of mackerel swimming by while we were there.
  • Very very very small. If you're used to other "state" aquariums, this will be a shock. It's literally one room, a few fish tanks, a small shark petting tank (the highlight of the whole place) and of course the ubiquitous touch tank. Very lobster oriented. If you're vacationing in the area anyway and have young children, this is fine. Not worth a special trip, and your kids will be bored fast if they're over about 7.
  • The touch tank was fantastic. There is a large variety of creatures to touch: lobsters, horseshoe crabs, moon snail, sea cucumbers, sea mouse, sea stars, clams, scallops, hermit crabs, crabs and sand dollars. It is a small aquarium. Our child loves touch tanks and spent more than an hour observing, holding and discussing the creatures with the knowledgeable staff.

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