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  • Penobscot Bay: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip

    1. 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,...

    We went out near the end of the season so the boat was less than half full which made for a great experience. The captain and crew were all awesome! Excellent interaction and service. Loved it!

  • Camden: Sunset Sailing Cruise Aboard Appledore II

    2. 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.

    An enjoyable experience. The crew was professional and friendly. Highly recommend.

  • Portland Maine: Tour in Vintage Fire Engine

    3. 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: Old Port Culinary Walking Tour

    4. 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 where you’ll sample a delectable mix of classic Maine, Maine-inspired, up-and-coming, cultural, fancy foods, and beverages. You will have the opportunity to 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 fo...

    So glad we decided to do the food tour. Lots of & great eats! Scott was awesome! Well worth the time & money.

  • Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

    5. Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

    Take this self-guided driving tour, immersing yourself in the stunning fall colors and rich history of Maine, beginning at downtown Bar Harbor. Discover La Rochelle, a Gilded Age mansion, and learn about the raging fire that gave rise to today’s vibrant autumn foliage. Enter Acadia National Park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and begin the drive around Park Loop Road. Along the way, discover the Great Meadow, Sieur de Mons, and Bar Harbor’s history. Pause at Beaver Lake and Jackson Labs to learn about Acadia’s wildlife before continuing on to Egg Rock Overlook and the Precipice Trail. Take a detour at Schooner Head, pausing at the Ocean Path Trailhead if you want to explore the path on foot. Continue along to Sand Beach, Old Soaker, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, Otter Cliffs, and Hunters Beach. Pause at Jordan Pond for delicious popovers and jam or simply to enjoy the view. Continue ...

    We have driven the loop road many times before and used to have a book that we could read information at each stop. This was very entertaining. For some reason the sound came through the audio on the car so we would only have needed to register for one and bot two people.

  • Acadia National Park: Narrated Bus Tour

    6. Acadia National Park: Narrated Bus Tour

    Enjoy a comfortable way to see all the sights of Acadia National Park with expert commentary at your fingertips. Tour stops include the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole (an ocean-side stop), and Sieur De Monts Spring (Wild Gardens of Acadia). All tours take place on comfortable buses with an amplified PA system. You can choose to walk around at the stops and if so, walk as much as you feel comfortable. Restrooms are available at the ticket office and each stop within the park. Listen to onboard commentary from a long line of tour guides, national park workers, and passionate people within the area. With this family-run company that boasts deep roots in the Acadia National Park, you will get in-depth knowledge and stories like no other tour.

    Heather did an excellent job. We were on a bus with many very old people and Heather tried her humor and she did not get much participation from those on the bus. It could have been a lot of fun as she brought her unique personality along with much in for about many things, history, science and general. Very informative and she had a passion for her job and did not cut anything short.

  • Portland, Maine: 2-Hour History Tour with Sweet Treat

    7. Portland, Maine: 2-Hour History Tour with Sweet Treat

    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.

    Tour guide Ross was knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining, and eager to answer questions and accommodate the group’s needs. Fabulous experience, highly recommend!!!

  • Portland: Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay

    8. 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: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

    9. Kennebunkport: 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

    Step into the quiet neighborhoods of the first residents during this 2-hour guided walking tour through the historic district of Kennebunkport, Maine. Learn from your local guide about the interesting history of the town as well as amusing anecdotes from the days of being a flourishing shipbuilding town. The tour begins at the Dock Square and will immediately take you back in time to the thriving shipbuilding days of Kennebunkport, Maine. Stroll along Maine Street and weave your way through side streets, seeing the homes of the shipbuilders and merchants of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Your expert guide will tell you the fascinating history, fun stories, and interesting facts of the area. Learn how “Poor Arundel” as it was known in 1743, become one of the wealthiest towns in Maine by 1810 and what happened at the Customs House during the shipbuilding era in the 1800s.  The ...

    Date of tour: 8/18/21 Tour guide: Barbara Our experience was excellent! Barbara led our small tour group (4 people-all my immediate family) throughout Kennebunkport, providing factual information that was interesting and that closely aligned with the brochure. Barbara, a resident in the area 30+ years, was very interested in us and accommodated our requests and needs. She offered to take photos and gave recommendations for activities and restaurants. She answered many of our questions - most related to the tour, some just general - with ease and poise. Our tour lasted almost the entire 2 hours, and we covered a lot of ground! Barbara was very cognizant of road noise and often relocated our small group to a quieter area so that we could hear her. Our only recommendation would be to better clarify the meeting spot (no fault of Barbara’s) to reduce confusion, especially in a busy area with much traffic. We highly recommend this tour and Barbara! Don’t forget to tip your guide!

  • Portland, Maine: Bike and Brew Tour

    10. Portland, Maine: Bike and Brew Tour

    Portland is a great city for biking and for craft alcohol. There are many craft breweries located near bike paths. The three-mile routes mostly feature biking on mixed-use paths where no vehicles are allowed. Many of the paths are by the ocean with scenic views out to many of the islands in Casco Bay. First, you'll meet your expert guide and find the right bikes and helmets for you. After a brief safety talk, it's time to hop on board the bikes and pedal your way towards the first stop. Along the way, you will make a few stops to learn about Portland’s rich history from the Rum Riots to Prohibition. At each stop, you will learn a little bit about each company, meet the people responsible for delivering quality craft beverages, and sample their various products. After biking your way to each of the stops, you'll head back to the starting point with a better understanding of Portland’s th...

    Awesome beer and bike tour in Portland. We stopped at 3 craft breweries, got a flight at 2 of them and 1 beer at the other. Great to support the local businesses and get a taste of the craft beer scene in Portland. Highly recommend, well worth it!

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