suggested day cruises along the coast of Maine
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 4, 2012 5:53 AM Last Post By: trekker502
Jul 2, 2012 2:03 PM
suggested day cruises along the coast of MaineWe will be camping in Acadia mid July and besides hiking and biking, we would like to take a morning or afternoon day cruise. We have a car so we're able to depart from points from out of Acadia, Bar Harbor or further points south on the coast.
I'm in the middle of researching all kinds of day cruising operations but would appreciate suggestions.
Jul 2, 2012 4:10 PM
Jul 2, 2012 4:16 PM
Jul 3, 2012 12:11 PM
4From Stonington you can take a ferry to the Isle of Haut. I believe they also run sightseeing trips and puffin watches.
If you want to venture a little further away check out the tours offered out of Cutler, Maine to Machias Seal Island. Cutler is about 2 hours north of Bar Harbor. The most famous trips are the puffin tours (you see other good birds, but the puffins get the non-birder's attention), but they also offer "Bold Coast" tours.
About 2 hours south of Bar Harbor you can catch a ferry from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island - a fabulous destination well worht visiting and exploring for the day. You can also get to Monhegan from New Harbor, or BoothBay Harbor.
Jul 3, 2012 4:04 PM
5For whale-watching, drive north to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, just over the bridge from Eastport, Maine. From South Lubec, Maine, you may take a ferry to Grand Manan Island, and see whales en route. This is just north of Cutler. It is in the Bay of Fundy, with the highest tidal fluctuations in the world. Between Campobello Island and Perry Island is the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere, and you may ride a ferry past it!
Campobello Island is renowned as the site of the summer home/mansion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his childhood. Tours are available as well as in the museum. Drive out to the lighthouse on the far east side of the island and watch whales following fish on the incoming tide. There is a beautiful campground on the island.
Jul 4, 2012 5:43 AM
6If you don't want to drive out of town, additional options include trips on the Margaret Todd (the ship with the striking maroon-colored sails) or Diver Ed's Dive-In Theater. The latter is my favorite for out-of-towners, but you need to be interested in natural history and unafraid of handling things like crabs and sea cucumbers.
Jul 4, 2012 5:53 AM
7There is also a natural history site alongside the main highway toward Bar Harbor, just after crossing the bridge onto the island. You will see tiny baby lobsters in an aquarium and learn about lobster lifecycles.
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