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Knox County, Maine

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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.

Belfast: VIP Private Bay Cruise on a Lobster Boat

3. Belfast: VIP Private Bay Cruise on a Lobster Boat

Board 'The Back and Forth' - a traditional wooden lobster boat that offers jaunts on the bay in Belfast, Maine. For an extra special experience, book a morning or evening cruise and admire the city scenery, the many boats in the harbor, and hear about the local history from your captain. Go where you want with a delightful cruise around Belfast Harbor. Cruise around the harbor with your captain and take in the endless variety of boats docked there. Listen to your captain tell a short history of the Belfast Harbor, and head towards the monument. Pass by the iconic Young's Lobster Pond, and drop by to grab some lobster for a fresh meal on board. Try and keep your eyes peeled for a seal or harbor porpoise, and get up-close views of the boats and yachts. Bring your own beverages if you like and feel free to keep them in the onboard coolers. Bottle openers and glasses are available also.

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

Boston: Salem and North Shore Private Guided Tour

5. Boston: Salem and North Shore Private Guided Tour

Embark on a private guided tour from Boston to Salem and the picturesque North Shore. Journey northward along the Atlantic Coast and stop in several seaside towns to explore their maritime heritage, pristine beaches, charming streets, and historic homes. Start with pickup from your accommodation and travel to the town of Salem. Discover the real stories behind Salem’s most infamous event, the Salem Witch Trials, at the sites where they occurred. Stop at Salem cemetery where several notable residents, including a notorious judge who presided over the Salem Witch Trials, are buried. You can also choose to visit The House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Witch Museum, and Essex Street, Salem’s vibrant downtown district. Next, venture to the Cape Ann peninsula, which includes idyllic Manchester-by-the-Sea, known for its beaches and upscale boutiques, and Gloucester, a bustling port with historic lighthouses and thriving art scene. Admire the postcard-perfect village of Rockport, a perfect place to enjoy ocean views, listen to the waves crashing on the shore, and see the most-painted building in America, Motif No. 1. After a day of exploration, relax on the return journey to Boston, with drop-off at your accommodation.

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Wonderful experience. The captain and crew were awesome. Very friendly and informative. Would definitely do it again. Highly recommend!!

It was a great experience. The captain and team was perfect! They were engaging, open to being asked questions. Top notch!!

We were able to see clearly everything that was described. Guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.

Had a great time, definitely do it again!! Very friendly crew and answered any questions we nay have had!!

Couldn’t hear the captain from where we were sitting.