A trip to Boothbay Harbor just isn’t complete without a visit to the Maine State Aquarium. The aquarium operates as an extension of the Maine Department of Marine Resources and exhibits regional fish and invertebrates. It’s an excellent vacation activity for kids and adults alike and offers a unique look into the world under the sea. There is much to see here at the Maine State Aquarium, so be sure to include it in your itinerary!
Midcoast Maine is full of fun family adventures just like the Maine State Aquarium! And, a stay at Linekin Bay Resort is the best way to take advantage of all those great things to do here. Start with activities like volleyball, kayaking, swimming, and more right at the resort. Then, explore the beautiful area of Boothbay Harbor!
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A World of Discovery at the Maine State Aquarium
From colorful anemones and sun stars to lobsters and bottom-dwellers, the Maine State Aquarium hosts a gamut of native specimens sure to fascinate. There’s truly no better way to see these creatures thanks to the aquarium’s many great exhibits and features. Make memories by petting a shark, get a wet greeting from a sea urchin, or say, “Hello,” to a giant, 20-pound lobster. These possibilities and more await you!
Lobster is the quintessential coastal Maine dish. But, to learn about their life cycle and how they get to the dinner plate, the aquarium’s favorite crustacean presentations tell the story of the Maine lobster and the industry surrounding it.
A 15-minute presentation features Maine’s hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, sea scallops, sea cucumbers, and more!
Take advantage of the thrilling opportunity to pet a shark and learn more about the most misunderstood ocean predator.
On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 4 p.m., visitors have the chance to “get chummy” with the animals by feeding them.
The aquarium supplies fishing poles for sport-fishing from their dock. Visitors can try their luck, free of charge, with the help of aquarium staff.
Get your feet wet with this 45-minute intertidal zone exploration. Discover snails, barnacles, crab, hermit crabs, mussels, and more!
Important Information for Visitors
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 7 Days a Week | Late May through August
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Wednesday through Sunday | September
Adults | $7
Seniors (65+) | $5
Youth (3-12) | $3
Children (2 and under) | Free
Make More Memories at Linekin Bay Resort
After a fascinating visit to the Maine State Aquarium, return to Linekin Bay Resort for the rest of your summer getaway. Relax by the water, indulge in great traditional Maine cuisine, head out on the water in a kayak, or cuddle up by the bonfire under the stars. Summers are made for Linekin Bay Resort vacations! So, browse the beautiful cabins and lodges and start making special summer memories. Contact us today to book a summer vacation!