Zoos in Maine with kids

It’s animal time in Maine, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Maine because The Pine Tree State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Yorks Wild Kingdom

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    York Beach

    A great place to enjoy beautiful wild animals and fun rides.

  • Mount Desert Oceanarium

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    Bar Harbour

    Visit one of the finest teaching aquariums in the country with this Maine attraction, where kids can visit the lobster hatchery, a lobster museum, and explore nature as they learn all about marine ...

  • Maine State Aquarium

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    West Boothbay Harbor

    Visitors to this Maine aquarium will find 15 regional exhibits including 2 touch tanks with invertebrates and sharks tucked into the rocky coast of Maine!.

  • The Maine Wildlife Park

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    Gray

    Explore a wonderful array of wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. Over 30 species of native Maine wildlife are kept for protection, and visits from kids!

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  • Rumpus Room

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    Brunswick

    A fun, active and creative play space for kids ages 0 to 6, featuring gross motor room, reading and puzzle room, art and sensory zone and a well equipped room for imaginative play!

  • Playland Adventures

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    Brewer

    A HUGE indoor inflatable play area for kids in Maine, with all day admission and great bouncy activities! Adults can play too!

  • North Maine Woods

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    Ashland

    The area provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for over 100,000 visitors each year while at the same time providing renewable forest resources which are a major part of Maine\'s ...

  • Maine Acadian Heritage

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    Madawaska

    During the summer there is a host of indoor and outdoor activities to participate in. Fall is ablaze with nature\'s pallet of red, orange, and yellow. Winter activities such as snowmobiling, ice ...

  • Saint Croix Island

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    Bar Harbor

    The site is focused on establishing a quiet atmosphere of respect meant to promote contemplation of the heroism and suffering of the French colonists in 160405.

  • Roosevelt Campobello

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    Lubec

    For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Although he visited less ...

  • Acadia National Park

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    Bar Harbor

    A stunning national park that is home to many plants and animals, as well as the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast! Great for families to come and hike, bike historic carriage roads or just ...

  • Baxter State Park

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    Millinocket

    The Park is home to numerous mountains, the two most notable clusters being the peaks comprising and surrounding the Katahdin massif and the cluster of peaks in the northern part of the Park ...

  • Swans Island

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    Richmond

    Swan's Island in the Kennebec River is perfect for nature loving families, featuring a unique habitat teeming with native wildlife to view, and woodlands and meadows to enjoy.

  • The Wells Reserve at Laudholm

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    Wells

    Get your whole family out for the day in 2,250 acres of beautiful protected land rich in natural wildlife in Maine, filled with trails and exhibits.

  • Orono Bog Board Walk

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    Bangor

    The scenic raised boardwalk offers a low level canopy tour with outstanding views of nature and indiginous wildlife with artistically presented information boards detailing things you should be able ...

  • Capitol Park

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    Augusta

    A family friend park listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with 34 acres of beautiful landscaped park in Augusta, Maine!

  • Viles Arboretum

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    Augusta

    A FREE attraction in Maine that celebrates nature with 224 acres of gardens, trails and ponds perfect for families like you!

  • Funtown Splashtown USA

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    Saco

    An amusement park and water park rolled into one with Funtown and Splashtown USA!

  • Aquaboggan Water Park

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    Saco

    Make a splash at Maine's LARGEST water park, with high speed slides, wave pools, and even mini golf! Great family fun

  • Black Beards USA

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    Bangor

    Family fun with mini golf, batting cages, go-karting, and fun arcade games in this pirate themed family fun park!

  • Pirates Cove Bar Harbor

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    Bar Harbor

    Adventurous mini golf in the world of 18th century pirates! With buccaneers, waterfalls, and yep - even a full scale pirate ship! Swashbuckling adventure for the whole family in Bar Harbor!

  • Pirates Cove Old Orchard Beach

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    Old Orchard

    Come aboard mates and immerse yourself in the world of 18th century pirates! Putt your way through mountain caves, over footbridges and under cascading waterfalls on 2 unique 18-hole courses.

  • Magic City Mini Golf

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    Millinocket

    - an indoor family entertainment center. We have an indoor 18 hole miniature golf course and an arcade. We also have a golf simulator with 30 courses and a driving range! One of the many fun family ...

  • Palace Playland

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    Old Orchard Beach

    Visit New England's ONLY beach front amusement park, with rides & amusements for the thrills seekers, and classic ride fans!

  • Northern Maine Museum of Science

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    Presque Isle

    The Mission of the Northern Maine Museum of Science is to support science education in northern Maine by means of exhibits and programs, educational field experience on nature trails, scientific ...

  • Moose and Photo Safari

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    Millinocket

    The safari begins in Millinocket, heart of the Katahdin Region, in the comfort of a van. Moose and Photo safaris for those who want to see and photograph moose and wildlife up close. One of the many ...

  • Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

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    Bar Harbor

    Numerous tour options to get the family out into the beautiful Gulf Of Maine! From whale watching, to sailing and nature trips, kids will love seeing the magical mammals of the ocean right in front ...

  • The Desert of Maine

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    Freeport

    Visitors find it difficult to imagine among the rolling hills and rambling brooks at the end of Desert Rd. there is a Desert. Once you take your first step through the gift shop\\\'s front door, ...

  • Lucky Catch Cruises

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    Portland

    Captain Tom will guide you and the family through the daily routines of a Maine lobsterman, while enjoying close-up views of historic lighthouses and harbor seals. Learn how to measure, band and bait ...

  • Down East Nature Tours and Acadia BIrding Festival

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    Bar Harbor

    Personalized birdwatching and nature tours since 1993, for individuals, couples, families and small groups. We help you discover the flora and fauna of Mt. Desert Island and Down East and northern ...

  • Bar Harbor Ferry

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    Bar Harbor

    Kids will love to take a boat ride where they will pass lighthouses, lobsterman hauling their traps and ask the crew to point out the Tree decorated with Lobster Buoys! One of the many fun family ...

  • Dive-In Theater

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    Bar Harbor

    The Dive-In Theater adventure begins with a pleasant cruise to nearby Frenchman Bay. As you steam toward some of the bay\\\'s most interesting dive spots, Diver Ed points out and discusses the ...

  • Snow Pond Cruises

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    Oakland

    Ships ahoy! Fun and educational cruises for the whole family in Maine - where kids can experience wildlife, learn all about local history, and find out some pretty fun and interesting facts about the ...

  • Hudson Museum

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    Orono

    Experience the "wonder and splendor of the human experience" that the Hudson Museum has to offer. The museum showcases lots of temporary and permanent exhibits, celebrated by special events and ...

  • Cole Land Transportation Museum

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    Bangor

    Explore a fascinating collection of Maine's land transportation equipment that kids can learn all about, including historic artifacts!