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Zoos in Maine

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

    A great day out for famillies, a personal and hands-on experience, that takes in the Maine Lobster Museum, Marsh Tour, and Lobster Hatchery. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking ...

  • Maine State Aquarium

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    West Boothbay Harbor

    Depicting the rocky coast of Maine, visitors to the aquarium will find 15 regional exhibits including 2 touch tanks with invertebrates and sharks tucked into the rocky coast of Maine. Presentations ...

  • The Maine Wildlife Park

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    Gray

    The Park serves as a permanent home for a wonderful array of wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. Over 30 species of native Maine wildlife are kept for protection, healing, and for you to enjoy ...

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  • Funtown Splashtown USA

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    Saco

    At Funtown USA, fun comes in all shapes and sizes. The park is the home of Maine's only wooden roller coaster Excalibur, Northern New England's largest vertical thrill ride Dragon's Descent, New ...

  • Aquaboggan Water Park

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    Saco

    Maine's largest water park. The park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages. From high speed water slides to relaxing on a tube in the wave pool to a round of mini golf. One of the many fun ...

  • 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

    The purpose of the Cole Land Transportation Museum is to collect, preserve, and display (before they disappear forever) a cross section of Maine's land transportation equipment from which this and ...

  • Maine Discovery Museum

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    Bangor

    Enjoy the largest children\'s museum north of Boston, and Maine\'s premier center for learning and discovery. Seven permanent interactive exhibits invite you to explore the worlds of nature, ...

  • Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum

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    Rangeley

    Rangeley has long been one of Maine\\\'s logging centers. Native Americans used the forest of spruce, balsam fir, beech, birch, and poplar for their homes, canoes, foods, and medicines.

  • The Stanley Museum

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    Kingfield

    The Museum commemorates and preserves the heritage of Stanley family genius. The famous \"Stanley Steamer\" automobile was invented by Francis Edgar Stanley and manufactured by him and his twin ...

  • Abbe Museum

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    Bar Harbor

    The mission of the Abbe Museum is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Maine\\\'s Native American culture, history, and archaeology. The Museum\\\'s collections, exhibitions, and programs ...

  • Maine State Museum

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    Augusta

    Go back through Maine's 12,000 years of history from the Paleo-Indians to European settlers! Great exhibits showcasing life as it used to be!

  • Colby College Museum of Art

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    Waterville

    Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art has an outstanding permanent collection of 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st century American art, as well as an active temporary exhibition program.

  • Penobscot Marine Museum

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    Searsport

    The principal exhibits at Penobscot Marine Museum focus on the industry of Penobscot Bay in the 19th century and illustrate what it was like to live and work on one of the great square-rigged ships ...

  • Seashore Trolley Museum

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    Kennebunkport

    The Museum contains the "National Collection of American Streetcars" plus collections af rapid transit vehicles, trackles trolleys, and buses. The exhibit "History in Motion" contain a children's ...

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