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Things to do in Maine

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Boothbay Harbor Cruise: Lighthouses, Lobster Haul, and Seals

1. Boothbay Harbor Cruise: Lighthouses, Lobster Haul, and Seals

Go on a delightful harbor cruise, passing summer colonies, lighthouses, small islands, and out to see the seals on the ledges. Fun for the whole family. Pass by 2 lighthouses, islands, coastline, inner and outer harbor, and seals at the seal rocks. Experience a Boothbay classic that has been enjoyed for over 50 years and find out why it's so popular. Get an idea of how those delicious lobsters you enjoy at your favorite restaurant are caught, how the traps are hauled, and a little background of Maine’s famous lobster industry. Enjoy the seals basking on the rocks. Pass by two major lighthouses, Burnt Island Light, and Ram Island Lighthouse. This Boothbay Harbor lobster tour is educational and fun for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your camera. Step aboard a vessel that has the largest and most comfortable main salon in the region with padded seats and tables. Relax with food and a drink from the galley, which features a 360-degree view of the outside. Enjoy the sun and fresh Maine air on the upper deck. Hear the narration no matter where you choose to be, with speakers throughout the vessel.

Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

2. Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

Experience one of the top things to do in Camden sailing along Maine's magnificent rocky coastline. Climb aboard the elegant Appledore II, a historic schooner. Feel like an adventurer from the 19th-century while enjoying state-of-the-art accommodations onboard a modern windjammer. Stroll along the wide decks as you take in the sights without needing to duck beneath the rigging. With a capacity of only 49 passengers, there is abundant seating to make yourself comfortable for this intimate sailing trip. Enjoy the chance to sail your own wooden ship as the crew welcomes your participation. Offer to help raise the sails and take a turn at the wheel of this hard-working, seaworthy schooner. Ask your crew about the history of the boat which has sailed around the world, docking at many harbors along the way. Twice a year, she still sails the Eastern seaboard between her 2 home ports of Camden, Maine and Key West, Florida.  Start the tour by departing from Bayview Landing and heading out of Camden Harbor. Discover why Camden is often called the jewel of the Maine coast as you sail past the impressive lighthouse, Curtis Island Light, dating from 1836, and into Penobscot Bay. Considered to be one of the top cruising bays in the world, Penobscot Bay will amaze you with its uninhabited islands, wildlife, and views of Camden Hills and other coastal mountains dropping off into the sea. During the tour, look along the shore for Mount Battie, historic inns, and elegant summer mansions of the rich and famous with their million dollar yachts. Watch lobstermen hauling in their traps. On a typical day, you may see porpoises playing in the water, ospreys, eagles hunting for fish, and even the occasional whale. Watch for seals sunning themselves on rocks and cute guillernots (cousins of the puffin), with their bright red feet, wobbling as they walk along the rocky shoreline. Quench your thirst with cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks, all available for purchase during your sailing cruise. As Camden Harbor comes back into view, relax and feel the wind sweep through your hair as your memorable sailing ship cruise draws to a close.

Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

3. Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

Set sail on a two-hour cruise from Portland along the rugged coast of Casco Bay. Pack a meal and your favorite wine or beer, and sit back and relax as you slip through the peaceful waters of Maine. Enjoy views of lighthouses, seals, and other coastal wildlife aboard a famous schooner tall ship. Join the crew to hoist the sails or take a turn at the ship's wheel if you feel inspired. Whether you're nine years old or 99, sailing aboard a Maine schooner is a unique adventure. Learn more about the wooden windjammers which are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were built in Maine.

Kennebunkport, Maine : Lunchtime Culinary Walking Tour

4. Kennebunkport, Maine : Lunchtime Culinary Walking Tour

Discover the area that has been home to those who make their living on the sea for centuries. Visit a popular destination for visitors who love history, beautiful beaches, and plentiful outdoor activities. Explore the culinary scene that In recent years is attracting visitors with nationally renowned chefs, gourmet catering companies, craft brewers, and award-winning food artisans. This tour takes a leisurely half-mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine.  You will visit with shop keepers and food artisans, taste chowders, lobsters, and more, all regionally sourced and created by local talent. A friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you to several venues to sip, taste, and learn about Maine’s culinary history and vibrant food scene. This experience actively works with gluten (not celiac), seafood, nut, and vegetarian dietary preferences and sensitivities to the best of our ability. Guests may pick and choose their participation for any further food issues.  While tours vary, your foodie experience may include, Satellite donuts, fresh lobster right off the boat, Maine clam or fish “Chowdah”, craft-brewed ales or fruit sodas, Maine honey wines, the original Maine whoopie pie, freshly roasted coffees with local roaster and macaroons, and a visit to a summer stand for ice cream.

Portland Maine: Tour in Vintage Fire Engine

5. Portland Maine: Tour in Vintage Fire Engine

Enjoy seeing Portland in an unforgettable way. Hop on board a vintage fire truck with onboard multimedia system, including a large, flat-screen LED TV. Experience Portland in a unique and fun way with this local-led tour aboard a classic fire engine. Explore the city’s peninsula as you drive along the cobble-stoned streets. Enjoy great views of lighthouses, civil war forts, and the historic architecture that make up the wonderful Maine city. Enjoy a 50-minute tour narrated by local guides who love sharing their knowledge of Portland Maine. Get to know the vibrant neighborhoods of this city by the sea from high up on your truck.

Portland, Maine: 2-Hour Guided History Tour

6. Portland, Maine: 2-Hour Guided History Tour

Meet your local guide, a history lover who will bring the stories and facts from Portland’s past alive throughout the tour. Starting on Commercial Street, walk through the cobble stone streets of the historic Old Port, downtown, and waterfront areas.  Some of the locations that may be featured as part of the tour include the lobster statue, the home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, the Eastern cemetery, the Abyssinian Church, and more. Your tour will finish on a sweet note with a local treat.

Camden: Sunset Sailing Cruise Aboard Appledore II

7. Camden: Sunset Sailing Cruise Aboard Appledore II

Board the Appledore II in Bayview Landing in Camden, and enjoy a 2-hour sunset cruise. Admire the beautiful harbor, framed by mountains, and appreciate the views from the wide decks. Help to raise the sails, take a turn at the wheel, and experience captaining a traditional wooden ship. Cruise past Curtis Island Light and into Penobscot Bay. Sail along the rugged coastline, take in the majestic mountains, and look out for local wildlife such as seals, porpoises, and eagles. Cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks are available for purchase as you enjoy the sunset over Mount Battie.

Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

8. Portland: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

Enjoy this experience that showcases the culinary culture of Portland, Maine comprised of talented food and beverage artisans, from bakers and brewers to confectioners, chefs, and more. Visit the spots the locals enjoy visiting on a daily basis. Join a friendly and engaging tour guide as they take you to several Old Port and neighboring artisanal shops, restaurants, and pubs. You’ll sample a delectable mix of classic Maine, Maine-inspired, up-and-coming, cultural, fancy foods, and beverages.  Meet and greet culinary artisans along the way, learn what inspires them and how they got their start with a lively narration from your guide. Along the way, your guide will dish about the colorful, social, and culinary history unique to the “Port City” with lots of additional recommendations on how to dine and imbibe. You are sure to leave full of delicious food and local history. This experience works with gluten (not celiac), seafood, nut, and vegetarian dietary preferences and sensitivities to the best of our ability. Guests may pick and choose their participation for any further food issues. Your foodie experience may include: fresh-picked lobster, from-scratch confections, locally-sourced temaki (raw fish) roll, Maine seafood “chowdah”, iconic Maine craft beer, Maine honey wine, and dark chocolate truffles made with Aroostook County potatoes.

Portland, Maine: Hidden Histories Downtown Walking Tour

9. Portland, Maine: Hidden Histories Downtown Walking Tour

Discover Portland's hidden histories on a guided walking tour of the Old Port, downtown, and the working waterfront. Marvel at images of the past and at the colorful storytelling your guide shares with you to make the past come alive. Hear stories only a local knows about the city's sights, streets, and buildings. Explore the Old Port, Portland's major public buildings, and the working waterfront, winding through intimate cobblestone streets along the way. See the city's charming red-brick buildings, its waterfront filled with seafood restaurants and sea views, and more. Learn fascinating anecdotes and facts about Portland, sharing them with friends down the line to show your newly-gained local knowledge. End your tour in a waterfront park, about a 5-minute walk from where you started, surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, and other activity opportunities to continue your own discovery of the city.

From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

10. From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

Discover Maine’s southern coast on this day trip from Boston and See highlights including York, Kennebunkport, Nubble Light, and the Bush Compound. Soak up stunning sea views and learn about local history and culture. The day begins with pickup from your downtown hotel in Boston and heads towards York, Maine. Upon arrival, stop at the impressive Cape Neddick Light Station, which dates back to 1879. Learn about this iconic landmark and hear how it got its nickname, Nubble Light. From there travel to the town of Ogunquit and enjoy a stroll along Marginal Way. Soak up stunning coastal views and see the Atlantic Ocean beat against the cliffs. End the walk at Perkins Cove, where you can enjoy free time to shop or purchase a ticket for the Lobster Boat Cruise. Arrive at Kennebunkport next and spend a few hours exploring, shopping, and grabbing some lunch. You’ll also enjoy a trolley tour, narrated by a local, and see the impressive Bush Family Compound at Walker’s Point. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to Boston.

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What people are saying about Maine

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 551 reviews

I took my parents on this tour to get to experience Portland like a local and it did not disappoint! Our guide, Ross, was very knowledgeable in Portland’s history and even sang us a few ole’ Portland songs. We learned so much and had a wonderful time. The delicious cookie at the end of the tour was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend this tour if you’re in Portland for a few days visiting or even if you’re a Portland local…anyone can learn from this tour!

It was amazing! so much fun and interesting, Ray S. did such a wonderful job explaining everything about Maine and other history. Very intelligent and funny. We highly recommend this tour :)

Marcia was a great host. It was only two of us but they held the tour anyway and made it an even more special day for us.

Very knowledgeable and personable guide; enjoyed very much!

It was really fun and interesting to see the city!