Maine State Aquarium West Boothbay Harbor

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Maine State Aquarium
194 McKown Point Road
West Boothbay Harbor
Tel: 207 633 9559

Where are we going today?

There are some pretty amazing creatures in the oceans and the lakes, so why not meet them face to face at the Maine State Aquarium!

Located in the stunning West Boothbay Harbor, this family friendly aquarium is a great way for kids to not only discover the amazing creatures that can be found underwater, but also to learn about them too!

Even the building is a learning experience, as the main gallery has been decorated like the rock coast of the state. Pretty cool! If you look closely, you'll see a collection of invertebrates and regional fish all hiding within the granite-like cliffs. What can you spot!

As you walk around, you will come across a host of interactive displays, which include some large touch tanks too, so kids can really embrace learning and discovery through touch and experience. 

Want to hear something else very cool about the Maine State Aquarium? There are some pretty amazing lobsters found there, of all sizes and colors, and their giants can reach up to 23lbs! That's a lot of lobster! They like to show off their huge claws, so get those cameras ready!

If you have anglers in the family, you might love the sportfish exhibits, where at the center you can see an 850 gallon tank filled with skates and even sharks! Gulp! Have you every pet a live shark before? Now you can! 

One other feature at the Maine State Aquarium is the 20ft long elevated touch tank where a host of intertebrates live. Kids can feel along the spiny skin of a sea star, or get squirted by a sea cucumber. Did you know that scallops can do that too?

Don't miss the moon snails pulling in their enormous "gooey" foot - it's pretty special!

So have an underwater adventure on your next family day out at Maine State Aquarium - you'll be surprised what creatures we have living on our planet! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7
  • Children$3 (Ages 3 to 12 with family member)
  • Free Under: 2 years.

When can we go?

10am - 5pm

May to September

Teachers corner

The Maine State Aquarium opens 2 weeks early specifically for educational groups, by reservation. Schools groups receive a discounted admission, and teachers are admitted for free when traveling with their groups.They have great resources for the schools too - a great way to learn!.

I'm Hungry!

There aren't any food concessions within walking distance.

Healthy Eating!

They have a picnic area perfect for those who want to bring their own lunch! Pretty amazing views to enjoy lunch to!.

Any Top Tips?

It's best for kids to wear older clothes, and to bring a dry change. Touch tanks are very popular - and clothes can get wet!.

Doing our bit

The aquarium looks after the creatures that reside there. If they are not on display, it could mean that their health has been put in jeopardy, whether sickness or stress, and taken away to be cared for.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about any assistance you might need, and the accessibility of the aquarium.

Baby Facilities

Changing facilities are available in our restrooms. .

Can I get one of those?

A small gift shop is available with an assorted collection of educational, souvenir, and toy items. As a non-profit facility, the aquarium is funded by gift shop sales and admissions. .

More information

From Summer Science Festivals, to fishing lessons, and talks on lobsters, there are great events across the year so check the diary to find out more!.

What people are saying?

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    This is a very nice aquarium. They have two touch tanks, one with small sharks and rays, the other with small sea critters including crabs, starfish and baby lobsters. My daughter (and I) loved being able to interact with the creatures. The other displays are also interesting and informative.

    Our visit made for a very nice afternoon.

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    If you are in the Boothbay area with children by all means don't miss this

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