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Boothbay Harbor

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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.

Boothbay Harbor: Spectacular Kennebec River Cruise

2. 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.

Boothbay Harbor: Pemaquid Point & John's Bay Cruise

3. 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.

Boothbay: Lighthouses & Islands Harbor Cruise

4. Boothbay: Lighthouses & Islands Harbor Cruise

Set sail on a cruise from Boothbay Harbor and discover Burnt and Ram Island Lighthouses on a close-to-shore trip. Discover playful seals, snug coves, busy harbors, old fishin’ villages, bustling boatyards, and summer colonies along the way. 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. Embrace the sun and fresh Maine air on the open upper deck, with speakers throughout the vessel allow you to hear the narration no matter where you choose to be. You'll be able to get more time to visit the whales at the feeding grounds as you travel on one of the fastest vessels in the region. Don’t forget to bring your camera and capture it all for the folks back home on this summer cruise.

Boothbay Harbor: 3-Hour Foodie Walking Tour

5. Boothbay Harbor: 3-Hour Foodie Walking Tour

Taste your way through Boothbay Harbor, Maine during this 3-hour culinary walking tour. You’ll learn about the history of Boothbay, its harbor, and lobstering and fishing industries. You will also discover the harbor's award-winning aquaculture and sustainability practices.  Begin your tour with a Prosecco toast as you set off on a mile-long adventure. As you walk along the harbor, you will make stops at a selection of restaurants, bakeries, and gourmet shops, tasting the local seasonal flavors. Enjoy items such as local cheeses, lobster specialties and local oysters.  This is a great way to start your visit to Boothbay, as you will also receive recommendations from your guide for all sorts of activities to enjoy during your time here.

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What people are saying about Boothbay Harbor

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 19 reviews

The tour was relaxing and informative. We appreciated the parking area near the boat launch. Also we were sent info about what to expect and bring or not to bring ahead of time . Thank you for a wonderful day!

Smooth ride at 4:00 tour yesterday. Really enjoyed seeing the seals and lighthouses. Also learned about lobstering which was interesting.

The ship was clean and the captain was very knowledgeable. We had a perfect day to be on the water!

Great way to celebrate my husband's birthday! What a great guide. We learned so much.1

Guides were very knowledgeable of the area and the scenery was beautiful!