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Address: US Route 1, Presque Isle, ME
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Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook...

Scale model of the Earth's solar system built by the people of Aroostook County.

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Cool to see

This was really cool to see the planets at real time intervals along the highway. Very well taken care of & a conversation starter for sure.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
ChrisJan36
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Scarborough, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was interesting to see I just wish it was more obvious. We almost missed a few planets along the drive. It would also be nice to have a clear place to stop at each one.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was really cool to see the planets at real time intervals along the highway. Very well taken care of & a conversation starter for sure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have heard about this unique display and tried my very best to follow on the way to my destination. Missed a couple of planets, though. It's a good reminder of the vast distances of space, even on the relatively small scale of the solar system.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to drive along the highway to see the planets. if you don't have gps out and are actively looking for the planets you will miss most of them. I am sad to say we got board about 4 planets in and turned around because there was nothing interesting to read or any signage noting the planets.

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Thank JLyn1985
Lancaster, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Loved finding the solar system. Definitely start in the visitors information center in Houlton to see Pluto (or one of the 3 locations of Pluto). The ladies at the info center are very helpful and can get you the brochure for the solar system, which is helpful for locating some of the smaller planets. It hailed while we were there... More 

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Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Searching for the planets was a fun way to pass the time between Presque Isle and Houlton! The smaller ones are easy to miss but Saturn and Jupiter really stand out. I wasn't expecting the first ones to be so close to UMPI but, since they're to scale, that makes sense. The scale is the most amazing part of this... More 

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Thank NieSam
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We enjoyed stopping at every planet along the road from Houlton to Presque Isle. This is a wonderful sight-seeing experience for a family and for lovers of learning of all ages!

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Thank Cynthia R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We recently drove to Presque Isle from the Calais area, about a 3-hour drive, for a weekend trip. There's not a lot to look at along that route and the Solar System model was a fun "scavenger hunt" of sorts for the ride home. We pulled up the website to get a rough idea of where each planet was --... More 

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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

While driving we were wondering, "What in the world are those things on the side of the road?" As we arrived at our destination we discovered that they were not of this world...except for one...it was the Solar System. Pretty neat!

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Thank Mike P
Maine
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

First of all, this is unlike most scientific "exhibits" you will ever see. For me it was worth the drive from Portland. If you have a bit of nerd in you, this is for you. (And so it was for me.) Truly gives you an idea of the "space" of space, and how we fit into that. The sun, housed... More 

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