Mount Desert Oceanarium provides visitors with a "hands-on" way to explore Maine's ocean, the touch tank permits animals to be picked up. There are two locations. The one in Bar Harbor has the Maine Lobster Museum, the Marsh Tour, and the Lobster Hatchery. The one in Southwest Harbor has the Marine Aquarium and Fisherman's Museum. Both are lots of fun for adults and children.
#3: For some real adventure try a little whitewater rafting on New England's most popular river, Kennebec River.
It's a 12 mile trip through rapids with names like 3 Sisters, Alleyway, and Magic Falls that are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping and get you wet.
Several professional rafting companies offer the trip in various styles to fit all levels of experience.
Some of its features include a giant 24,000 square foot video arcade, a fully restored 1906 carousel, waterslide, and a pier that extends 475 feet into the harbor.
There are two roller coasters and a host of other thrilling rides.
One way to enjoy a Maine sailing vacation is at a sailing school. You can enhance your sailing vacation by combining the fun of sailing with quality instruction. The Maine Sailing School, in Falmouth, offers instruction and sailing fun for an hour or up to a full week of live-board sailing.
During the winter they will take you on a learning cruise to the Caribbean.The Abbot Fletcher Sailing School, located on Orr's Island, Maine offers courses for all ages. They concentrate on providing a safe and fun experience learning the skills of sailing. You can take the whole family out on a day cruise on the sailboat Rachel B. Jackson.
Sailing out of Bar Harbor, this 67-foot gaff rigged topsail schooner is an authentic replica of an 1890’s ship. Here you can get the full sailing experience as hands-on sailing is encouraged. The ship is also made available for overnight stays in the harbor. It’s a fantastic alternative to the typical hotel on land. If you’re looking for the exciting experience of ocean racing, look into Bellatrix Sailing in Kennebunkport, ME.
The 37’ racing yacht, Bellatrix will give you an excellent view of Maine’s breathtaking natural coastline plus the feel of ocean spray on your face. You’ll see Porpoise Lighthouse as many rugged seaman saw it decades ago as they returned from a whaling trip. Experience trimming the sails and taking the helm.
Every sailing enthusiast should experience at least one Maine sailing vacation on a windjammer cruise. Sailing out of Camden, The Mary Day is built perfect for windjammer cruises with its spacious decks and cozy cabins. Enjoy sailing the wild Maine coast and their famous "all you can eat" lobster picnic.
Eastport Windjammers of Eastport, Maine offers a great Maine sailing vacation idea. Cruise on out to the whale feeding grounds off Eastport, Maine on the schooner Sylvina W. Beal. They offer two cruises each day including an afternoon whale watching cruise out through Head Harbor Passage past East Quoddy Lighthouse. Evening sunset cruises are also available.
You’ll want to check out the Schooner Ellida operated by Even Keel Inc. in Rockland, Maine. They offer 2 days to 2 weeks windjammer cruises and sailing charters along the coast of Maine. You can even have your wedding at sea.
Enjoy the spectacular views of Maine's rugged coast under the canvas sails and tall wooden masts of a classic Maine Windjammer. Rockland holds the distinction of being the schooner capital of the world. The area plays host to a constant display of tall traditional ships.