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!