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Mount Desert Island Oceanarium

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Address: Route 3, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number:
+1 207-288-5005
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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One day it rained and we decided it was a good time to check out the Oceanarium. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the place. The people working there are... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
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San Diego
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

One day it rained and we decided it was a good time to check out the Oceanarium. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the place. The people working there are dedicated to the advancement of lobster husbandry. I came away with a great appreciation for lobsters and their propagation. I learned how successful the lobster industry in... More 

Thank melmoy
Wayne, New Jersey
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

You get a lot of material presented but it took a lot of time. Presenters were very knowledgeable, locals. You gained some insight as to how lobsters are raised. They have the only lobster farm in America. I can now appreciate why Lobster costs as much a it does.

Thank Lenny K
Salina, Kansas
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367 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We wanted to learn more about lobster while in Bar Harbor. Glad we found this place! The staff will take you on a prigression ftom from baby eggs to eating lobster. This is a private organization. Your tour fees help them propagate the species! YUM!

Thank Kevin P
Colorado Springs
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Extremely informative and fascinating presentations on lobsters, the growth cycle, risks, predators and the lobster fishing industry. Great place to visit!! Kids will like it too.

Thank SonderOffizier
Meridian, Idaho
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101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

found out everything there was to know about lobsters. saw baby lobsters. heard all about catching lobster.

Thank sduskett
Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is the second time we have visited the Oceanarium . A very informative lecture and learning tour . The hatching lobster eggs and how they are working with them, very interesting

Thank Rustie_11
Keedysville, MD
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We visited after reading about this facility's conservation efforts. It is the only lobster hatchery in the country. Their goal is to help increase the lobster population in Maine. We had previously known almost nothing about the life cycle of the lobster, and came away with a much-improved understanding. The tour was divided into 3 parts: --interactive session with a... More 

Thank ak13197
Sherman, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This place is important because of the rare chance to impact the lobster industry in a positive way. Your fee will support their efforts to restock lobsters into our ocean.

Thank Peggy B
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way out of Mt Desert Island. The kids enjoyed the tanks and touching the lobsters. The information about lobsters was interesting and getting to see the little lobsters was cool. Plus there is a blue lobster. This is a good cause and thing they are doing.

Thank Marie G
Baltimore, Maryland
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40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Most people say its a great rainy day trip. I say its a great stop anytime. You will get to learn a lot about lobsters. This is a must visit when you are in the area.

Thank cnsp0ts2

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