Guided Adventures in Maine

Exploring Maine’s forests, mountains, and coasts is much more fun with a guide

If you have an itch to try some outdoor adventure that is new to you, but you don’t know where or how to begin, a guided tour is a great solution. Guided tours and expeditions of many kinds – from white water rafting in Maine’s remote forests to kayaking the rocky coast – are set up to show you the way, from start to finish. Guides can provide instruction, equipment, a lift-off and end point, and lots of tips to enjoy the day (or night – think about moonlit owl tours). Beyond the practical matters, guides are local residents who can entertain you with stories of the place in addition to deep knowledge of the adventure of the moment. These adventures cover a large range of interests:

  • Snowmobiling and ATV rides,
  • Hunting & fishing trips,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Dog sledding
  • Paddling,
  • Nature tours,
  • ..and prowling the northern roads at night in a small van to spot moose.

Popular Outdoor Guided Adventures in Maine

When planning your trip to Maine, don't miss out on a guided tour along the beautiful coastlines, pristine forests, and charming towns. No matter what you are looking for, Maine has offerings for everyone. From hunting and fishing to enjoying time on the water, there is no better way than getting to know Maine with expert tour guides. Experienced guides ensure safety and peace of mind and provide valuable insights into the region's history. Whether by land or sea, guided adventures in Maine will immerse visitors in the beauty of this region. Some popular options include climbing aboard one of the beautiful nine vessels of the Maine Windjammer Association. This is an ideal way to explore the granite islands of Penobscot Bay, the wildlife of this part of the Atlantic, and the actual Downeast scenery.

Name your adventure! Scan the listings below and let your mind roam over a fun new thing to try, maybe this weekend, maybe in a season or two from now. Think about adding a guided adventure to a gathering of a bunch of friends or a family gathering. All of you will go home and savor a unique adventure that you can remember as a group.

Winter Moose in Maine - Photo Credit kavram
Mt. Katahdin Summit - New England Outdoor Center - Millinocket, ME
New England Outdoor Center

30 Twin Pines Road Millinocket, ME, 04462 Phone: 207-723-5438 Toll-Free: 800-766-7238

Center’s group tours are a great way to experience a variety of outdoor adventures

People experiencing their first adventure – whether it’s cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, snowmobiling or white-water rafting – are something of a specialty at the New England Outdoor Center. That’s why they offer a variety of guided tours, from three-hour snowmobile trips to moose and wildlife safaris to guided whitewater rafting trips. Registered Maine Guides can take you out to fish for landlocked salmon and brook trout. Learn how to ice-fish in winter or how to properly cast on a fly-fishing tour. Take your group on a guided cross-country ski adventure, ending with a hot beverage at the center’s River Drivers Restaurant. After your tour, relax in one of the many lodging options offered by the center, from campground tents and bunkhouses to cabins and lodges.
Whitewater Fun 500x250 - Crab Apple Whitewater - The Forks, ME
Crab Apple Whitewater (ME)

3 Lake Moxie Road The Forks, ME, 04985 Phone: 800-553-7238

Get ready for the rafting trip of a lifetime, with experienced guides leading the way

Let the experienced guides at Crab Apple Whitewater in Maine take you on the rafting trip of a lifetime. Journey down the Kennebec River, with Class II to IV rapids, for beginners and pros, as well as jaw-dropping scenery. Heart-pounding drops and huge rolling waves will be run expertly, followed by time among smaller rapids where you can get out and float. Back at home base, you can walk out of your raft and right into a hot shower or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool while guides prepare a cookout lunch. Over at Dead River, guides will lead you through the ultimate rush of continuous Class IV and V rapids. Lodging, a pub, restaurant and paintball fields are all part of the base camp.
Fishing & Hunting - Weatherby's - Grand Lake Stream, ME

112 Milford Road Grand Lake Stream, ME, 04668 Phone: 207-796-5558

Experienced Maine guides will ensure your fishing, hunting experience is memorable and rewarding

Experienced Maine hunting and fishing guides have been the hallmark at Weatherby’s, one of the country’s most famous sporting lodges, for generations. With your customized package to fit your interests, schedule and budget, you’ll enjoy an experience you’ll want to pass along to your children and grandchildren. In a Grand Laker square-stern canoe, your guide will take you to pristine lakes to fish for small-mouth bass, or help you hone your fly-fishing skills as you challenge leaping landlocked salmon in the clear waters of Grand Lake Stream, ME. Hunting guides and their dogs will seek out wild grouse and woodcock in the fall, or accompany you on hunts for white-tailed deer or moose. Packages include lodging in comfortable cottages and fine home cooking in addition to all necessary equipment.
Schooner Heritage - Maine Windjammers - Camden, ME
Maine Windjammer Association

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

Windjammer fleet offers breathtaking sights, on-deck fun, fabulous food, comfy cabins

Experience the dramatic coastline and spruce-clad islands of Maine aboard a historic Windjammer. The nine vessels of the Maine Windjammer Association are the ideal way to explore the granite islands of Penobscot Bay, the wildlife of this part of the Atlantic – and true Downeast hospitality and cooking! Sail for a few days or a week; take a curated cruise (photography, crafts, lighthouses, painting) or one with absolutely no set-in-stone itinerary. Help the crew with the sails, learn how to cook on a wood stove, or just relax on the deck. Wake to fresh coffee and blueberry pancakes and fall asleep to sea chanteys and starlight. Comfortable cabins, delicious food, great conversations and even an on-shore island lobster bake: It’s an unforgettable adventure.