About Discovery Wharf

In the heart of Stonington harbor, Maine’s highest lobster landings port, fisheries come alive at 13 Atlantic Avenue at our on-site interpretive center, Discovery Wharf. From local school groups to visitors near and far, we offer a get-your-hands-wet opportunity to engage with and learn about local fisheries and the Gulf of Maine marine ecosystem.

The MCCF Discovery Wharf serves people of all ages, race and abilities. It provides thousands of visitors from across the USA and beyond with a variety of interactive experiences ranging from hands-on learnings about various sea creatures in our touch tank, to the first­ hand stories about life on the sea by our Captain Leroy Weed, to the virtual reality experiences of being on a lobster boat or in a river filled with migrating alewives. We strive to ensure that every visitor learns something new about Maine’s coastal fisheries, the natural environment supporting the fisheries and MCCF’s work to sustain these important resources and support our coastal communities.  The Discovery Wharf provides a positive and memorable experience for all visitors, so please plan to make us part of your summer 2024 plans, you won’t regret it!

Thanks for a great summer! Discovery Wharf is now closed for the season. See you in May!

Please share your Discovery Wharf photos with us and we’ll put your name in for a DW Family Pass. Two winners will be chosen each month.  One entry is given for every photo you submit. Four photos gets you four chances to win.  Email them to Bobbi Billings babillings@coastalfisheries.org NOTE: By submitting these photos you agree that MCCF may use them in promotional materials.

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Marine Touch Tank

Explore Maine’s most loved creatures of the deep blue in our live touch tank.

Visitors around the Discovery Wharf touch tank

Interactive Touch Wall

Fisheries come to life at your fingertips on our 15 ft interactive touch wall.

Interactive touch wall at the Discovery Center

Virtual Reality Station

Experience it first hand and get in the action with a collection of 360° virtual reality videos.

Virtual Reality at the Discovery Wharf