Zoos in ROCKLAND with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Rockland because this The Pine Tree State city 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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  • Maine State Aquarium

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    (32 miles) 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!.

  • Mount Desert Oceanarium

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    (43 miles) 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 ...

  • The Maine Wildlife Park

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    (63 miles) 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!

  • Yorks Wild Kingdom

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    (100 miles) York Beach

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

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  • Rumpus Room

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    (45 miles) 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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    (50 miles) Brewer

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

  • Swans Island

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    (34 miles) 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.

  • Viles Arboretum

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    (35 miles) Augusta

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

  • Capitol Park

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    (36 miles) Augusta

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

  • Acadia National Park

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    (46 miles) 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 ...

  • Saint Croix Island

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    (49 miles) 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.

  • Orono Bog Board Walk

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    (56 miles) 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 ...

  • The Wells Reserve at Laudholm

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    (89 miles) 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.

  • Aquaboggan Water Park

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    (75 miles) Saco

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

  • Funtown Splashtown USA

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    (77 miles) Saco

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

  • Pirates Cove Bar Harbor

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    (47 miles) 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!

  • Black Beards USA

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    (50 miles) Bangor

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

  • Pirates Cove Old Orchard Beach

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    (75 miles) 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.

  • Palace Playland

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    (75 miles) Old Orchard Beach

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

  • Snow Pond Cruises

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    (43 miles) 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 ...

  • Down East Nature Tours and Acadia BIrding Festival

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    (44 miles) 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 ...

  • Dive-In Theater

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    (49 miles) 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 ...

  • Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

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    (49 miles) 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 ...

  • Bar Harbor Ferry

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    (49 miles) 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 ...

  • The Desert of Maine

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    (55 miles) 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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    (65 miles) 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 ...

  • Farnsworth Art Museum

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    Rockland

    Offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists.

  • The Coastal Childrens Museum

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    (1 miles) Rockland

    The Coastal Children's Museum is dedicated to providing children ages 2-9 and their families the opportunity to explore, discover and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences ...

  • Penobscot Marine Museum

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    (26 miles) 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 ...

  • Northeast Historic Film

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    (36 miles) Bucksport

    A regional moving image archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making accessible film and video related to northern New England.

  • Maine State Museum

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    (36 miles) 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!

  • Wendell Gilley Museum

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    (41 miles) Southwest Harbor

    Come wander the grounds, view the carved panels adorning the museum building, and listen to the newly installed Kingfisher fountain. This summer the Museum presents a different twist on bird ...

  • Colby College Museum of Art

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    (42 miles) 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.

  • Abbe Museum

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    (49 miles) 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 ...

  • Cole Land Transportation Museum

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    (49 miles) Bangor

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