Known as Townsend once upon a time, Boothbay Harbor is "The Boating Capital of New England." Thus, your Boothbay Harbor things to do list must include going on a scenic boat tour when you're in this popular tourist destination. During the boating season, the harbor features more than 25 boat trips daily. You can tour nearby islands, glide along the shoreline and cruise along quiet river waters. These scenic boat tours will perfectly complement your stay in a Boothbay Harbor bed and breakfast.
Cap'n Fish Whale Watch & Scenic Boat Trips
44 Commercial Street, Pier 1
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538
A family run business for three generations, Cap'n Fish's is the pioneer of whale watching in Boothbay Harbor. Things to do with them are varied as they offer several different scenic boat tours. They also have a number of ticketing offices so it will be convenient for you to pay them a visit from your Boothbay Harbor inn. Here are some of the tours they offer:
Puffin Nature Cruises
Named after the puffin colony on Eastern Egg Rock, this cruise is a wonderful "Seafari" that nature lovers will enjoy as coastal wildlife like seals, blue herons and an occasional whale can be seen along the way. It costs $25 for adults and $15 for children.
This 2-hour close-to-shore trip is a favorite among adults and children alike. It showcases picturesque lighthouses, summer colonies, bustling harbors, old fishing villages, welcoming coves and frolicking seals. It costs $22 for adults and $12 for children.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Lasting 2 hours, this trip highlights the oft-photographed lighthouse. Fascinating sights such as Ram Island, Seal Rocks and Burnt Island Lights can be seen along the way. It costs $22 for adults and $12 for children.
Spectacular Kennebec River - Bath Cruise
This 44 mile trip lasts 3 hours and involves both open sea and close-to-shore cruising. Visitors will see both history along the Kennebec River and newest shipbuilding projects at bath Iron Works. The boat will also pass through Hell Gates and cruise along the historic Fort Popham, 7 lighthouses and playful seals. It costs $30 for adults and $15 for children.
This 2½-hour well-liked cruise combines the Pemaquid Lighthouse and by South Bristol tours in one. Sights along the way include Ft. William Henry, Christmas Cove, Pemaquid Beach, quaint lighthouses and the renown seals. It costs $24 for adults and $15 for children.
Balmy Days Cruises
42 Commercial Street, Pier 8
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538
Offering Monhegan Island day trips, sailing trips, harbor tours, mackerel fishing trips and Burnt Island lighthouse tours, Balmy Days Cruises ensures that while you're in Boothbay Harbor, things to do won't be in short supply. Here are details of some of the services they offer:
Monhegan Island Day Trip
Twelve miles out to sea, Monhegan Island is a tiny island, merely ¾ mile wide and 1½ miles long. This charming island, one of the best places to visit in Maine, is home to a lighthouse, museum, art galleries and several inns. You can hike through the woods and along the shore, have a picnic on the rocks and look for wildflowers, seals, whales and migrating birds. It costs $32 for adults and $18 for children aged 3 to 11.
Burnt Island Lighthouse Tour
A 15-minute boat ride away, the Burnt Island Lighthouse an authentic Maine "living lighthouse." Its keeper Joseph Muise and his family will share stories about what it's like to live there. Lasting for 3 hours, the tour will also give you the chance to learn about Maine's wildlife as you hike around the 5-acre island and look for seals, porpoises and migrating birds. It costs $22 for adults and $12 for children aged 3 to 11.