If your child loves animals, a zoo, aquarium, or animal park is a great place to spend the day. Many of these locations in Maine give you the chance to see some of Maine’s majestic and often elusive wildlife up close.

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York’s Wild Kingdom (York)
With a large number of beautifully landscaped animal exhibits; numerous rides for all ages plus food and ice cream stands, gift shops and so much more, families always enjoy a full day of fun here. Directions

Maine Wildlife Park (Grey)
The Park serves as a permanent home for wildlife that cannot be returned to their natural habitats. All kinds of Maine wildlife are here for their protection, and for you to learn about and enjoy. Directions

Dew Haven (Mount Vernon)
DEW Haven is a non-profit home for domestic, exotic, and wild animals in Mount Vernon, Maine. Come visit our rustic, working farm where you will meet animals from all over the world. Directions

Smiling Hill Farm (Westbrook)
We encourage visitors to our farm and welcome the opportunity to show how we care for our animals and the environment. There is no charge to visit the farm, parking is free and the dairy store is open daily. Directions

Kisma Preserve (Mount Desert Island)
Many wild animal species are faced with extinction within our lifetime or sooner. Kisma Preserves’ personal belief is that all individuals matter. Directions


Maine State Aquarium (Boothbay Harbor)
The Aquarium features extraordinary lobsters in all sizes and colors. Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and sun stars, northern shrimp, squid, and ugly, bottom-dwelling fish will surely capture your attention. Directions

Mount Desert Oceanarium (Mount Desert Island)
Explore Maine’s ocean wildlife at the Mount Desert Oceanarium. Directions

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