Maine Office of Tourism provided these itinerary ideas that take groups along the Maine coastline. Celebrate hundreds of years of maritime heritage and livelihoods that depended on the sea, such as boatbuilding and lobstering.
“From the mountains to the sea, Maine rolls out the welcome mat for groups,” said Jennifer Geiger, communications manager for Maine Office of Tourism. “With 3,500 miles of coastline, Maine has a rich maritime heritage that lives on today in working waterfronts, fishing villages and historic downtowns, boatyards that harken back to the era of tall ships and award-winning, locally-sourced seafood.”
Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours
Join Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours for a City and Lighthouse Tour. Stop at Fort Williams and Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington and completed in 1791. Another tour destination is the Portland Observatory, America’s last-standing, 19th-century maritime signal station.
Portland Schooner Company
Board one of the Portland Schooner Company’s vessels for a two-hour sail on Casco Bay. The excursion is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Maine coast, complete with lighthouses, seals, seabirds and the rugged coastline that visitors have enjoyed for years.
Maine Maritime Museum
Bath offers more than 400 years of shipbuilding history. Learn about the state’s seafaring history at the Maine Maritime Museum. An add-on trolley tour explains the history and work of one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works, as well as a nature and history cruise on the Kennebec River.
Maine Lighthouse Museum
From Bath, head to the picturesque harbor town of Rockland (about one hour from Bath) to visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum. This is the proud home of the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States.
Maine Office of Tourism