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Maine State Aquarium

#4 of 21 things to do in Boothbay Harbor Features Animals
194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
+1 207-633-9559
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This place is funded by admissions. You can touch the marine animals like sharks and lobsters. My... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2016
Matthew L
Oswego, New York, United States
via mobile
Small but worth a visit!

The staff at the Maine State Aquarium is pleasant and informative from the moment you walk in. The... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2016
Marsha D
Middletown, Connecticut
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A popular aquarium for families, with an unusual attraction: a shark-petting tank.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
+1 207-633-9559
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

This place is funded by admissions. You can touch the marine animals like sharks and lobsters. My boys are older now but the youger kids would love this. Got to learn pretty much everything there is to know about lobsters and lobster fishing from an...More

Thank Matthew L
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The staff at the Maine State Aquarium is pleasant and informative from the moment you walk in. The various wall aquarium displays are interesting, the open top shark tank is pretty cool, the information shared at the touch tank was the highlight of the visit....More

Thank Marsha D
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Once I heard there was a touch tank, I knew I had to visit the Maine State Aquarium. It's not just for kids! After paying the $14 / pp admission fee, we meandered our way along viewing the different species of crustecaens and fish. The...More

Thank artdon
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Recently we visited the MSA and wished it was a larger attraction. When you go in, there are aquariums with various fish and lobster. The best part of this very small exhibit is the touch tank (different sea creatures) and petting the baby sharks (two...More

Thank ShowTheWorldYouCare
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Every year we vacation in Maine, we go to the Aquarium and love it! Staff is great every time we go (7yrs and counting). Highly recommended

Thank deikens
Reviewed 29 June 2016

The Touch tanks were filled with interesting creatures. Most, we were familiar with but had never held before. Our absolute favorite was the Sea Cucumber. The staff was there to assist and educate. We had wonderful discussions and learned so much. Be sure to check...More

1  Thank sneekers2016
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We visited the aquarium during the Windjammer fest. There were special activities planned by the aquarium which made our visit more enjoyable. There are touch tanks, and activities for the young ones. A talk was given to demonstrate and explain lobster fishing. We also took...More

Thank Seajay p
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Today we went to the aquarium.it was very small but that doesn't mean we can't have fun.it was very nice you could touch some baby sharks but they won't bite you could touch small water animals like crabs you could do arts and crafts you...More

Thank onthegogirl_2010
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This was the best small aquarium we have been to! Perfect for our 5 year old grandson. Held his interest and attention the entire time we were there. Cost for 4 of us was less than 1 ticket at our city aquarium!

Thank susan m
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I loved petting the sharks. The touch tank is wonderful too. The aquarium is small in size, but well worth the trip. The college students are knowledgeable and quite friendly.

Thank Kathy C
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Amanda M
Does the trolley still go to the aquarium?
30 August 2016|
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