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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, 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.

From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

2. 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.

Boothbay Harbor: Spectacular Kennebec River Cruise

3. Boothbay Harbor: Spectacular Kennebec River Cruise

Discover a variety of nature as well as historical and modern man-made structures on a Boothbay Harbor Cruise. From raptors to ducks, or great blue herons to black guillemots, the list of bird sightings is long. Pass through Upper and Lower Hell Gates, with close to shore and open sea cruising. See up to 7 lighthouses, and historic Fort Popham – dating back to the colonial days. Let your Captain bring you up to date on the latest modern-day shipbuilding projects at Bath Iron Works. You might see terns at their nesting site on Pond Island in the spring and loons in the fall. Look up at the colorful changing leaves in September to see other migrating birds, and don’t forget to look down for seals and porpoises.

Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. 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. Start by downloading the tour app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. 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 past Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake, and finally begin driving up to the top of Acadia’s most famous peak: Cadillac Mountain. Your tour ends there, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beautiful vistas atop the mountain.

Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

5. Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings

Immerse yourself in Bar Harbor's culinary scene during this 3-hour guided walking tour. Savor an array of local flavors at various stops along the tour, while learning about the local history from your local guide. As you sample the fare at the various stops, the establishment owners will reveal the history behind their industry and what goes into making their specialties. This tour is a fairly short walk around the Village Green and the beautiful harbor, with plenty of food stops for lunch.

Boothbay Harbor: Pemaquid Point & John's Bay Cruise

6. Boothbay Harbor: Pemaquid Point & John's Bay Cruise

Go back in time as you cruise historic John’s Bay and the eastern Boothbay Harbor Region. Discover seals and other coastal wildlife and experience the famous Pemaquid Point Lighthouse along with Ram and Burnt Island Lights. Pass by Fort William Henry and learn about the early exploration and settlement of the region going as far back as the early 1600s. Perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike. Step aboard the largest vessel in the region with the most comfortable main salon, fitted 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 and speakers throughout the vessel to hear the narration, no matter where you choose to be. The vessel also has the fastest vessels in the region, which provides you with more time to visit the whales at the feeding grounds.

Bar Harbor: Historic Self-Guided Audio Guide Tour

7. Bar Harbor: Historic Self-Guided Audio Guide Tour

Explore Bar Harbor with your app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy animated videos that allow you to see snapshots from different centuries and interior rooms that you otherwise would not be able to see. Begin your tour at Bar Harbor Pier and hear about Bar Harbor’s early days as a fishing town and its transformation during the Gilded Age. Cross a bridge to the untouched Bar Island. Enter the West Street Historic District, with its Gilded Age homes. At the Abbe Museum, find a collection dedicated to the Native Wabanaki of the region. Stroll down Main Street, loaded with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Head to the waterfront Shore Path and encounter a strange landmark left in Bar Harbor during the Ice Age. See the personal tennis court-turned-public park which serves as an example of how Bar Harbor has transformed since the Gilded Age. See the Bar Harbor Inn, established in 1887. Your tour concludes just beyond the inn, right where you began.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Affordable guide to highlights of the park. We were able to drive the park, listening to the audio tour and then go back to areas we wanted to explore in further detail. Informative and easy to use!

We found the Application to be easy to use, enjoyed the information that was presented by the narrator and liked how the map helped us navigate through the park.

great experience, had a nice time walking around Bar Harbor and learning from your guide.

Great tour! Gave us some info and showed off some of the best spots

They delivered what they advertised very enjoyable and scenic.