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Address: 194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
Phone Number: +1 207-633-9559
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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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Small but interesting

The place was beautiful !! The grounds offer picnic area and a fishing pier. The exhibits were very interesting but the building was small

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Joe A
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Lisbon, Connecticut
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Saranac Lake, New York
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 2 and 5 year old kids loved this place. It's not huge, but the touch tanks and friendly volunteers sucked in the kids and adults and we lost track of time. Lobster presentation was also a great and informative time, the hands on component kept even my 2 year old riveted. Plus, the prices were awesome- I had to... More 

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Lisbon, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The place was beautiful !! The grounds offer picnic area and a fishing pier. The exhibits were very interesting but the building was small

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Thank Joe A
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We thought a trip to the aquarium would be fun, and it was - for twenty minutes. The fish and sea life are mainly from the local area, but there just aren't too many of them. Might be a good place to take the kids, but really a rip-off for adults. Don't waste your time!

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Thank FilEFan
Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a one-room aquarium. It is very small but I really did enjoy visiting it! They had an interesting variety of creatures, including my favorite, a baby octopus probably five inches wide, as well as a huge lobster and a shark and ray touch tank. Outside, you can walk along a pier and if you desire, do some fishing.... More 

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Thank alxm13
Stillwater, New York
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

A small but nice little aquarium where kids can pick up and touch the fish and other marine creatures. They can actually pet some nurse sharks.

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Thank rveldman2016
Conway, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We went with family had a great time. It is small but we learned alot. Kids loved the touch a shark tank. Probably spent an hour there. Great views of harbor outside the aquarium.

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Thank erinwiggin12
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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Thank stephenwhite421
Marshfield, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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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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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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