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Lighthouse Camera 500x250 - Coastal Maine Photo Tours - Rockland, ME
Coastal Maine Photo Tours

407 Main Street Rockland, ME, 04841 Phone: 207-594-1224

A great way to explore coastal Maine, and beyond, while upgrading your photography skills

What a fun way to see spectacular sites at Maine’s coast & mountains – and improve your photography skills at the same time. With Coastal Maine Photo Tours, participants of all ages and all skill levels (and all types of cameras) are welcome. Trips include half-day photo walks, passing through quaint fishing villages, to one-day photo tours of Maine Gardens; Lighthouses and Lobsters; Vinalhaven Island (including a scenic ferry ride and exploration of the island’s rocky coastline and working harbor); Pemaquid Point Lighthouse at sunset; and a Great Schooner Race Photo Adventure where you can take pictures of the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America. There’s also a week-long foliage excursion in October in the mountains of western Maine. Tours are led by longtime local fine-art photographer Dee Peppe.
Schooner Stephen Taber - Maine Windjammers - Camden, ME - Photo Credit Susan Land
Maine Windjammer Association

Sailing from Ports in Rockland and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

Windjammer cruises feature fun at sea for all ages, interests

The private owners and operators of the Maine Windjammer Association’s historic schooners want to provide cruise guests with a full slate of things to do, whether that means helping the crew ready the sails or sitting out on deck with a good book. So you can leap off the deck to go for a bay swim, help the cook with that night’s gourmet appetizers, row a small boat into a fishing village to explore, hike during a visit to Acadia National Park – or just sit by the wood stove and play backgammon with the kids or listen to stories told by lantern-light in the evening. Special cruises for photography buffs, lighthouse enthusiasts, yoga fans, kayakers, wine-lovers – and grandparents and grandkids! – are available.
Point Lookout Aerial Northport ME
Point Lookout

67 Atlantic Highway Northport, ME, 04849 Phone: 207-789-2000

Stay and explore Mid-coast Maine

Mid-coast Maine is chock full of great things to do and places to explore. Settle in at Point Lookout for a quick escape or a vacation getaway. This 387 acre retreat, overlooking Penobscot Bay has plenty of activities including hiking trails, a private beach, a pond perfect for kayaking, an expansive fitness center plus well appointed, fully outfitted one, two or three-bedroom cabins. Cabins have living rooms, kitchens/kitchenettes, screened in porches with Adirondack Chairs and complimentary WIFI. Visit the organic farm, seasonally enjoy tennis, biking, snowshoeing, the indoor bowling center, have breakfast or lunch at the Copper Pine Café and visit all of the attractions nearby in Camden, Lincolnville and Belfast.
MOnhegan island in Maine
Boating to Dreamy Monhegan Island

Port Clyde sits on the tip of a St. George peninsula in Maine, jutting into Muscongus Bay, and it is the home of the Monhegan Boat Line , making daily trips to enchanting, natural (and vehicle-free) Monhegan Island. The boat steams out of Port Clyde harbor, past Marshall Point lighthouse, porpoises, seabirds, and lobstermen at work and Seal Rock. The company also offers puffin and nature cruises, a lighthouse cruise, and sunset cruises. Boats operate year-round, but schedules are seasonal. 207-372-8848.
Arrowsic and Georgetown islands off the Maine coast
Dreamy Days on Arrowsic and Georgetown

Catch Route 127 off Route 1 just east of Bath, Maine, for a delightful day excursion to the islands of Arrowsic and Georgetown in Maine. Arrowsic Island is tucked between the Sasanoa, Back, and Kennebec rivers; four lighthouses guard this jagged land mass along the toothy Midcoast coastline. The pretty island of Georgetown, just a bit further down Route 127, is a place to walk and watch wildlife in the Josephine Newman Wildlife Sanctuary or to jump into the waves at Reid State Park. The park includes Griffith Head, a rocky headland, where visitor can gaze out over Seguin Island, The Cuckolds, and Hendricks Head and their lighthouses. Pack a lunch or dinner for a day of unspoiled Maine outdoor beauty.
Maine Lighthouse Museum at 1 Park Drive in Rockland Maine
Heroes in Brick and Stone: Maine Lighthouses

The Maine Lighthouse Museum at 1 Park Drive in Rockland is a first-rate place to indulge your love with and fascination for lighthouses. If you are a shopper, and want to acquire lighthouse gifts and memorabilia (models and miniatures, replicas, clothing, gifts, art, toys, posters) this is your gold mine. The museum, which also includes the collection of the former Museum of Lighthouse History of Wells, has the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. Open year-round but hours vary by season. Call ahead for hours Phone: 207-594-3301.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory near Bucksport, Maine.
Take a Wide-Angle Lens

To provide an eagle’s-eye view of Maine’s Down East beauty, the state has provided a sky-high nest for visitors at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory near Bucksport, Maine. The 420-foot-high observation tower on this long-span suspension bridge offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Penobscot Bay and the Penobscot River, the Camden Hills, Mount Desert Island, and Mount Katahdin. The Observatory is open late May through late November, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information call 207-469-7719.
tours of shipyard in Bath, maine
Bath Builds Big Ships

Would you like to see a warship taking shape before your eyes? From May to October, the Maine Maritime Museum, at 243 Washington Street in Bath, Maine, offers a trolley tour of the Bath Iron Works. This one-hour trolley tour takes you behind the gates of Bath Iron Works to see how modern U.S. Navy destroyers are built. The Navy's most modern warship - DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer - is taking shape and visitors in 2012 were among the first to see it being built. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Tours in 2018 are June to early October. Check museum website for tour hours.
coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Boothbay harobr Maine
Botanical Garden of Many Surprises -- Open All Year!

People who love botanical gardens: we challenge you to a rival anywhere to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, for its beauty, variety, and many cunning surprises. Open year round (!!), the gardens are awash with exceptional natural beauty, waterfalls, and incomparable stonework and sculpture. The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses features plants that appeal to the senses of taste, touch and smell as well as sight. A special children’s garden features themes derived from beloved children’s literature by Maine authors. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., year-round. Phone: 207-633-4333.
cheese makers in Appleton, Waldoboro, Whitefield, Union, and Owls Head
Hug a Goat; Eat Some Cheese

Midcoast Maine – that magical region of farms and fields and views – has a number cheese makers tucked among the towns of Appleton, Waldoboro, Whitefield, Union, and Owls Head.. The Midcoast Maine Cheese Trail (with some wineries and vineyards added) guides you from one cheese producer to the next. Taste the handmade cheeses; enjoy the farming spirit. Check with farms on your itinerary for open days and hours. Makers include Appleton Creamery, East Forty Farm, Fuzzy Udder Creamery, ME Water Buffalo Co., Copper Tail Farm, Sweetgrass Vineyard and Farm, Breakwater Vineyards and Farm, and Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery.
Boothbay Railway Village on Wiscasset Road in Boothbay, Maine
Boothbay Welcomes Fans of the Railroads

Boothbay Railway Village on Wiscasset Road in Boothbay, Maine, has several exhibits, including a coal-fired steam train, antique fire trucks, and an antique automobile exhibit that includes Model T Fords, Stanley Steamers, and a Rolls Royce. The Village includes a restored 1847 Town Hall, the Spruce Point Chapel, and a historic fire house. The Village Green hosts many special events, like Antique Auto Days, Antique Tractor Pull, a craft fair, and holiday rides. Children love the 20-minute ride on Boothbay Central, a coal-fired narrow-gauge train. Open Memorial Day through mid-October. 207-633-4727.