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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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educational but a bit amateurish

The Oceanarium with lobster hatchery, lobster educational talk, discovery tank and marsh walk was $27 for my wife and I with our senior discount. The lobster educational talk by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Oceanarium was not originally on our intinerary however we were glad we stopped. It is small but the information was very interesting. Staff was very knowledgeable

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

My husband and I enjoyed the lobster hatchery and the process of raising lobsters, you learn all about their live cycle and see thousands of baby lobsters at different stages of their lives. The female lobster carries the eggs inside for 9 to 12 months and then for another 9 to 12 months under her tail, that is the reason... More 

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The Oceanarium with lobster hatchery, lobster educational talk, discovery tank and marsh walk was $27 for my wife and I with our senior discount. The lobster educational talk by and old time Lobsterman was somewhat amusing and educational, but seemed to be off-the-cuff anecdotes with some real education mixed in. Not the greatest in the world. The lobster hatchery was... More 

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Carteret, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This exciting educational stop provides an insight into how lobster grow. A biologist carefully details the lobster growing needs and challenges. High bubbling tanks have hundreds of baby lobster. After the presentation you go to another area where local sea animals are on display and delightfully explained in regard to their importance within the food chain

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Madison.Wi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great rainy day activity. Tour the hatchery, marsh and a history of this business. Kids can touch sea stars etc

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Going to the Oceanarium on Mt Desert Isle was eye opening. Learning about the life cycle of Lobsters we all take for granted make me want to put them up for a medal. The presentation was fascinating. I won't spoil it here, but let it be said only ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT of all lobster eggs get to become... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We took the tour and found it to be very informative. Not only do they educate the public, but they actively help maintain the supply of this delicacy by nurturing young lobsters and then releasing them into the bay to be caught-eventually for consumption. Very cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Staff answered questions and shared interesting facts about the life of lobsters and those who trap them.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is a tiny educational/research facility with very competent, knowledgeable and passionate volunteer "docents". Each docent/educator answered our sometimes complex questions about sea life, economics between countries vis a vis fishing boundaries, and the fact that lobsters could theoretically live forever was fascinating.

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San Diego
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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