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!
$3 (Ages 3 to 12 with family member)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Speak to staff about any assistance you might need, and the accessibility of the aquarium
Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Maine
Changing facilities are available in our restrooms.
10am - 5pm
May to September
Other great things to do with kids near to
Maine State Aquarium