Portland Head Lighthouse

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Portland: Best of Maine Lighthouse Scenic Cruise

Portland: Best of Maine Lighthouse Scenic Cruise

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the serene Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Portland and see the four iconic lighthouses, the sights of Portland Harbor, and the picturesque waterway Diamond Pass. During the cruise, explore the bustling inner harbor and main shipping channel to get close-up views of civil war era forts and the lighthouses that guide mariners into Portland Harbor. Along with the historical waterfront, you'll also get the chance to see the Portland Head Light, Bug Light, and the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse.

Portland: Trolley City Tour with Portland Head Light Stop

Portland: Trolley City Tour with Portland Head Light Stop

Enjoy a fully-narrated trolley tour of scenic and historic Portland and visit Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light, during a 30-minute stop in Cape Elizabeth. Hop onboard a trolley and journey from city streets to the rocky coast. Cruise past landmarks such as the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Victoria Mansion, the Arts District, and the bustling Old Port. With forward-facing seats and big windows, you won't miss a thing. See as your guide points out the famous sites and hidden gems of Portland and shares interesting stories behind them. Upon arrival at Cape Elizabeth, along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, disembark for a 30-minute stop to explore the Portland Head Light on your own. Choose to walk around Maine's oldest lighthouse or visit the maritime museum inside.

Portland: Sightseeing Cruise to Portland Head Light

Portland: Sightseeing Cruise to Portland Head Light

Enjoy this fully narrated 60-minute scenic cruise through busy Casco Bay and its iconic islands to see lighthouses, forts, lobster boats, seals, and seabirds. Take in the views of Portland's historical lighthouses, including a close up view of Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse. As you cruise along the Casco bay, keep an eye out for Spring Point Ledge Light, Portland Breakwater Light (Bug Light), Ram Island Ledge Light, Portland Head Light, Fort Scammel, Fort Gorges, and Portland Harbor.

Portland: Casco Bay Sunset and Lighthouse Cruise

Portland: Casco Bay Sunset and Lighthouse Cruise

Meet at the Old Port in Portland, Maine and hop on board a boat that boasts ample outdoor deck space and indoor cabin space, ensuring your comfort no matter the weather. Feel free to purchase drinks at the well-stocked bar and have access to restroom during the trip. Expereince the salty air as you set out on the water in the warm glow of the evening light. Head into Casco Bay a scenic and ecologically rich area known for its beautiful islands, historical significance, and diverse marine life. Listen as your guide offers facinating insights into famous sights that you pass along the way. Navigate through island passages like Diamond Pass and around the Calendar Islands. Admire the lush islands, craggy rocks, and several Civil War forts. See a natural seal habitat and keep an eye out for graceful sea birds. Capture pictures of some scenic lighthouses that the area is known for as the sunsets and return to Portland as the city begins to light up for the night.

Portland: Maine Lighthouses Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

Portland: Maine Lighthouses Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

Uncover the beauty of the Portland Harbor and Casco Bay aboard the Elizabeth Grace on this sightseeing cruise from Portland. Sail past iconic lighthouses, historic forts, and rocky islands while sipping on 1 complimentary alcoholic beverage. Hop aboard a comfortable and spacious ship at the Custom House Wharf. Take in views of the city's charming skyline as you embark on your cruise. Unwind with a delectable craft beverage in hand as you sail. Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise by lighthouses, 200-year-old forts, and rocky and stunning islands. Cruise with confidence knowing that the ship is regularly maintained to the highest safety standards. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like loons, black ducks, and buffleheads as you sail. Return to your starting point at the Custom House Wharf at the end of your cruise. GROUP OF 6 OR MORE? Please reach out to us about private charter options for the best experience possible!

Portland, Maine: Walking Tour Audio Guide

Portland, Maine: Walking Tour Audio Guide

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 3+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Portland in 1-2 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins outside the Visit Portland Center. Here, you'll get your first introduction to Portland's intriguing history, from its dual founding to its reconstruction following the Great Fire. Walking down the city streets, you'll learn about the Burning of Portland, the landmark United States Custom House, and the only newspaper published at sea! You'll delve into the fascinating tales of the Portland Rum Riot and the city's history of conflagration, then journey back to the times of the Underground Railroad and the life of Daniel Colesworthy, a key abolitionist voice in Portland. Stepping into the world of the Wabanaki people, you'll also gain insight into Portland's original inhabitants. The next stop is the beautifully preserved Victoria Mansion, a symbol of the city's architectural wealth. After that is the equally grand Cathedral Church of St. Luke. Stroll by the Augusta Hunt House, take a moment to admire the statue at One Longfellow Square, and learn about the struggle for Women's Suffrage in Maine. Then, pick up some trendy souvenirs in the vibrant Art District! At the Maine Historical Society, explore the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, a reminder of the city's literary heritage. After that, lounge in the beautiful Lincoln Park as you hear the thrilling tale of the Battle of Portland Harbor. Finally, you’ll pass by the University of Maine School of Law, a striking building with a lot of history. Your tour concludes here, back in Old Port where you began.

Portland: Private Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

Portland: Private Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

THIS IS A PRIVATE CHARTER. COST IS A FLAT RATE FOR UP TO 6 GUETS. This two hour charter is the perfect way to see lighthouses, historic stone forts, wildlife, & Maine's picturesque coast. Bring your camera and experience authentic Maine aboard our classic wooden lobster boat! This is a private charter, so only you and your group is aboard plus a captain and tour guide. You and your private group will have up close views on Maine's most notable sights. Every private charter includes a licensed captain and an experienced charter host to attend to your every need! Purchase local Portland, ME beers and hard seltzers, important white and red wine, and bubbly aboard!

Portland: Casco Bay Morning Lighthouse Cruise

Portland: Casco Bay Morning Lighthouse Cruise

Embark on a relaxing morning cruise along the rugged coastline of Casco Bay in Portland. As you glide along on the tranquil waters around the Bay, you'll see lighthouses, seals, seabirds, and historic forts. Make the most of your cruise by packing a meal, bringing your favorite wine or beer, and sitting back and relaxing as you cruise along at an easy pace. Bring your family along as all ages are welcome aboard Ruth, a 39’ long classic, picnic-style tour boat built in 1935 at Handy Boat in Falmouth, Maine. For 84 years, she has been the longest continuously operated commercial vessel in the state and is now the newest member of the Portland Schooner Co. fleet with a capacity of 19 guests.

Portland: Sunset Paddleboard Guided Tour

Portland: Sunset Paddleboard Guided Tour

The hour just before sunset is the best time to paddle the waters of Casco Bay. The light is beautiful, the harbor is less busy and the seas tend to be calmer, often creating ideal conditions for paddle boarding. It’s also a great time to spot wildlife like seals and loons. Your tour will start off with a quick stand up paddle board lesson. Then your licensed Maine Guide will lead you on a leisurely paddle along the Portland waterfront. As you venture onto the open waters of the bay you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the sun setting over the city as you paddle back to the beach. This roughly 2-hour trip is perfect for all skill levels — including first-time paddle boarders. The SUPs we use for our tours are suitable for paddlers weighing up to 250 pounds.

Portland, Maine: Casco Bay Full-Day Kayaking Tour

Portland, Maine: Casco Bay Full-Day Kayaking Tour

Our Full-Day Kayak Tour is a chance to sea kayak to some of the most historically fascinating and scenic landmarks in the Portland region. Unlike our other tours, we limit this trip to 6 or fewer people and we require participants to have at least one previous sea kayaking experience. You'll spend the day island-hopping through the rugged islands of Casco Bay. Along the way you'll visit several 19th century forts, paddle past lighthouses and feel the swell of the open ocean underneath your kayak. On this trip we often visit some of Casco Bay’s lighthouses and forts, including Spring Point Light, Fort Preble, Portland Head Light, Fort Scammel, Ram Island Light, Bug Light and Fort Gorges. You'll also have the chance to hone your paddling skills, learn about the natural history of the area, visit islands on the Maine Island Trail and spot wildlife like seals, osprey and eiders. You'll see many sides of Casco Bay, including the bustling working waterfront of Portland harbor, the cliff-lined outer islands exposed to the open ocean and the more protected coves lined with beaches. This trip is designed for paddlers of a range of skill levels and the group will take many breaks and stops along the way. However, the trip does involve a very full and active day, so we suggest our shorter trips for first-time kayakers or anyone who has difficulty with prolonged physical activity. All participants should have tried sea kayaking at least once before. This trip sometimes starts in a different location than our main site (due to a one-way route), so you may be transported by van to the launching site at the start of the trip. The cost of this trip includes a delicious picnic lunch, with a vegetarian option.

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4.5
(11 reviews)

All of the staff members were exceedingly friendly and excellent at their jobs. We especially liked the gentleman who was the narrator on the upper deck. He had a vast knowledge of the sights we were seeing, he had a good sense of humor and he was helpful at answering questions. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise VERY much!

Very educational Charlie did a great job and had us laughing all the way. I would highly recommend it.

A beautiful day out on Casco Bay. The guide was entertaining and knowledgeable.

Very informative and relaxing. Our guide & trolley driver was exceptional.

really nice, it's a bit expensive but that's what it looks like