The Portland Aquarium opened in December 2012. Within the 12,500+ square foot facility, you can see a wide variety of birds, reptiles, and both cold water and tropical fish. The Portland Aquarium welcomes everyone to enjoy the unique interactive experiences found within, and is especially excited to introduce children and families to the world beneath the ocean's surface. Guests are encouraged to hand feed sharks, rays, birds, and fish, or to get up close and personal with many of the reptiles and other animals on exhibit. Above all, the Portland Aquarium promotes education through an interactive experience in a comfortable environment.