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Casco Bay Tours

An inlet on Maine’s southern coast, Casco Bay is a rich maritime area spotted with lighthouses, historic forts, and seven small islands. Calm conditions make Casco Bay an ideal spot for boating, sailing, and kayaking, while the islands each have their own unique communities to explore. 

The Basics
Keep an eye out for birds, seals, and the occasional whale while you hike along the coast, sail through the harbor, or hop on the ferry to visit Casco Bay’s seven accessible islands. 

Most bay tours leave from nearby Portland, Maine’s capital city, and sometimes include a city tour along with a coastal sightseeing excursion. You can also opt for a private charter vessel in order to see Casco Bay’s lighthouses and historic forts at your own pace. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Casco Bay is a must-see for nature and history lovers. 
  • With relatively calm water conditions and multiple islands to explore, Casco Bay is a great destination for families with kids. 
  • Remember to bring comfortable shoes and sun protection. 
  • It’s a good idea to dress in layers, as the weather can change quickly in this coastal region. 
  • Ferries from Portland to the islands in Casco Bay are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 

How to Get There
Casco Bay is located just north of Portland, Maine. Ferries operate daily between Portland and the islands of Casco Bay, and private charter vessels travel through the harbor as well. 

When to Get There
You can visit Casco Bay year-round, but summer is a lovely time, when the days are usually sunny and warm. Head out onto the water at dusk to see colorful sunsets over the bay. 

The Casco Bay Islands 
Don’t miss Peaks Island, which is home to beaches, restaurants, and an art community, while Long Island is known for its hiking trails and conservation areas. Bailey Island is also a good hiking spot, while Diamond Cove (located on Great Diamond Island) is home to Fort McKinley—a structure designed to defend Portland Harbor during the Spanish-American War. 

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Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland, Maine, Aboard a Vintage Fire Engine, Portland, null
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Narrated Sightseeing Tour of Portland, Maine, Aboard a Vintage Fire Engine

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Our 50 minute sightseeing tour of Portland Maine is different from anything else in the area. Come join our knowledgeable guide aboard a Vintage Fire Engine as ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Maine
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Private Lighthouse Sightseeing Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat, Portland, City Tours
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Private Lighthouse Sightseeing Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

Step aboard a vintage Maine Lobster Boat for a private, 2-hour lighthouse viewing & sightseeing charter.  Leave the crowds behind as we tour the islands of ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Maine
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $350.00
Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat, Portland, Day Cruises
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Private Sunset Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat

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Leave the crowds and join us aboard a vintage Maine Lobster Boat for a private 2-hour sightseeing and lighthouse viewing charter capped by a stunning Maine ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Maine
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $350.00

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