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Maine State Aquarium

194 McKown Point Road

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Located on the water in beautiful West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the aquarium is operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). This educational facility was built in 1993 along with the state's new fisheries research station. The interior floor plan, support systems and exhibits were completed in 1995. The main gallery resembles the rocky coast of Maine. A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be seen hidden within the granite-like cliffs. Interactive displays, including numerous touch tanks, encourage discovery learning.

The aquarium features extraordinary lobsters of all sizes and colors. Our giants (up to 23 lbs!) like to show off their mammoth claws. Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and purple sunstars, can be seen in the "Downeast" tank. Visitors will be entertained by the behaviors of live northern shrimp and the appearance of bottom-dwelling fish.

The Maine State Aquarium exhibits a variety of sportfish that are of major interest to anglers. At center stage is an 850 gallon tank that is filled with sharks and skates. Experience the thrill of petting a live shark and discover the roughness of a skate's skin.

A special attraction is the 20 foot long elevated touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates. Feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin and get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop. Watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach.of our specimens.


Andrew Sawchuk

Sunday, July 1, 2018
This aquarium is pretty small, so don't expect anything as big as the Boston aquarium or anything like that. The entire thing is basically one big room. That said, it's really cheap and they do have a few cool things, including a blue lobster, a two-tone lobster, and a touch tank with sharks and all kinds of other stuff. They also have free catch and release fishing off a pier on the property.

Fred Williams

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Small but full of great exhibits. Plenty to see, do, and touch for kids. You can even fish there. They provide the poles and the bait. Well worth the price of admission. The staff is also extremely friendly.

Keegan Markart

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
It was smaller than the one I go to in North Carolina, but really cool touch tanks and the little show about lobsters was awesome. In the back of the aquarium, if it's nice out, you can go fishing and crabbing! We caught 5 different crabs and learned how to do cool knots.

Tim Mccarthy

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Amazing aquarium for it's small size. lots of interactive activities for kids. Discovery center excellent... Great staff!

Dawn Lalime

Saturday, July 28, 2018
We had fun, the shark petting tank and touch tank were pretty cool. Disappointed at how small it is. We drove 2 hours one way to do this on a rainy day. Wish it was more than one floor.

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