How to Have the Most Fun at the Maine State Aquarium

If you’re searching for a great place to spend a rainy day in Maine, look no further than the Maine State Aquarium. This popular Boothbay Harbor landmark was built in 1993 and features a rotating collection of animals, displays, and educational programs. With so much to do and see, you’ll discover something new each time you visit! Here’s why a trip to the aquarium should be in your plans.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Maine State Aquarium

Popular Exhibits

Touch Tanks: One of the coolest displays at the aquarium, the touch tank gives visitors a chance to see and feel our region’s underwater wildlife. You’ll find a wide variety of species in the tidepool tank, including sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, sand dollars, and more. There’s even a tank with sharks and skates in it! The thrill of touching a live shark is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Lobsters: Nothing says Maine like this iconic crustacean. Expand your knowledge and appreciation of our state’s most popular sea creature during the aquarium’s daily lobster talk. You’ll learn about different types of lobster and can even ask the staff members questions.

Coast Maine: Find out which animals call the rock-bound Coast of Maine home in this exhibit. Visitors can peer into recessed tanks and discover a multitude of species native to the Gulf of Maine, such as colorful anemones, fierce fish, and more.

Tours & Activities

Are you looking for more things to do while at the aquarium? Feel free to participate in daily presentations, behind-the-scenes tours, and learning opportunities on the dock and intertidal study zone. You can find the day’s offerings posted on the sandwich board outside the aquarium.

Tips for Your Visit

  • The aquarium is small and can get crowded. We recommend arriving early (10 a.m.) or later in the day (3 p.m.) for easy access to the exhibits.
  • Make sure you dress for comfort. Cold water runs through the touch tanks and cool breezes often flow in from outside.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy spectacular views of the harbor while you eat. Snacks and drinks are also available at the aquarium.
  • Stop by the gift shop on your way out for toys, books, games, puzzles, clothing, and more.
  • Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture those special moments!

Hours & Admission

The Maine State Aquarium is a seasonal attraction that opens each year in May. You can visit between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and admission is just $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children. Feel free to check the visitor information page for updates and holiday hours.

Come Home to the Topside Inn

After a wonderful trip to the aquarium, head back to our bed and breakfast and relax! Our property is less than 10 minutes away and features luxurious guest rooms and amenities. Each room is decorated in a simple and classic Maine style, and many feature fantastic views of the water. Your stay also includes a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning. Yum! Check our availability and make your reservations today. We look forward to having you!

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