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Penobscot Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

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.

Maine: Belfast Bay Cruise with Lobster Roll

3. Maine: Belfast Bay Cruise with Lobster Roll

Head out on a traditional wooden lobster boat for a delightful cruise on Belfast Bay. Stop by Young's Lobster Pound, learn about local wildlife, and relax with views of the city alongside nature to get a rounded experience of life by the river in Maine.Take in views of the Belfast Waterfront as you learn about the area’s water as a natural habitat. Stay alert and spot porpoises, jellyfish, river otters, eagles, and more as you cruise.Make an important stop for a delicious meal at Young’s Lobster Pound, one of Maine's must-see spots known for its legendary lobster rolls. Relax with views of the water while you enjoy this local specialty.

Belfast: Pirate Treasure Hunt Private Boat Tour

4. Belfast: Pirate Treasure Hunt Private Boat Tour

Climb aboard an iconic boat to embark on your treasure hunt tour in Belfast. Follow the map, keep an eye on the sandglass, and solve clues. Come down to the Belfast City Harbor Dock aboard the Back and Forth, a traditional 28-feet wooden lobster boat. Start your adventure with a safety briefing. Get geared up in life vests and pirate hats and choose your seats. Then, begin your treasure hunt. Once out in the bay, flip the old sand hourglass to start your 1-hour countdown to finding the treasure before it is lost to the sea forever. The only directions you have are an old treasure map and some cryptic clues that were discovered in the walls of this very lobster boat. There are 8 'X's on the map but only 1 leads to the treasure. Solve the clues to find out which one it will be. Work out clues to be led to the spot where you can haul the treasure chest. The 8 crosses are there to deter you, so you might not get it the first time, but

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What people are saying about Penobscot Bay

Skilled crew! Captain and crew encouraged all passengers to ask questions and take a turn behind the wheel. Interesting history of the area and other sail boats in the harbor.

Very relaxing. It was very cool seeing how the crew works the rigs and sails. Staff was awesome, would definitely do again!

Great staff and service. They were responsive to questions and offered new information. Would recommend to others

Pleasant trip, friendly, competent staff. Enjoyable cruise.

Wonderful, calm sailing with great views, congenial crew.