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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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Lots of fun

It's a good place they do a good job in the small place they have. Kids will love it very interesting. Lots of touch tanks and you get to touch a shark. Also a dock you can go... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
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Cohoes, New York
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Cohoes, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It's a good place they do a good job in the small place they have. Kids will love it very interesting. Lots of touch tanks and you get to touch a shark. Also a dock you can go fishing off of. All included in the price of admission.staff are excellent. Good for a hour or so.

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Marshfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Small aquarium with local species. Touch tank was fun. Great view of the harbor and was able to fish off the dock. Worth a visit.

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Jacksonville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The information and experiences the Aquarium packs into the space is wonderful. Best of all are the touch tanks. Where else can you touch a live shark one moment and a lobster the next.

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Hatfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This place is small. It dose have 2 touch tanks. People are nice and not a bad rainy day activity but i cant see spending more then an hour. Seeing the different color lobsters and the huge 14# lobster is cool.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is acute little aquarium with nice displays, touch tanks, and helpful staff. Great place for kids to touch sea-life in two separate touch tanks. One even has little sharks - cool! It's a bit overpriced for such a small place, but makes for a nice activity while vacationing int he area. It's run by the Maine Dept of Marine... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We saw this from a boat ride and decided to visit. The staff was very friendly and informative. Great place for kids and adults!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Every state should have a facility like this one. Located on the very picturesque shores of Boothbay Harbor it is open 10am to 5 pm every day with interesting displays of the local aquatic denizens including an albino, a blue, and a huge 15lb lobster with claws that looked like they could crack open a safe! Various large tanks allowed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is a small aquarium that gives you more than your money's worth. There is a large touch tank where you can pet some of the friendliest sharks I have ever met! The staff are even more friendly than the sharks are and are very sweet and knowledgeable. There are interactive talks about topics such as lobstering and a dock... More 

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Sarasota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is a very small aquarium which is good for small children but just doesn't offer enough. The tanks were dark and appeared to need cleaning.

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Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We spent about 2 hours at the aquarium. It isn't very large but the touch tank is a good size and has lots of creatures. My kiddo really enjoyed that and spent most of the time there. Lots of different creatures to touch and hold. We also listened to a presentation on lobster fishing in Maine which was interesting. If... More 

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