Maine Vacation Ideas

Maine Vacations Idea #1: A stop at Wells Auto Museum, in Wells, is sure to please any antique automobile or history buff. Housed here is the 80 car collection of the Gould family which includes a Pierce Arrow, a Stutz Bearcat, Model T, and lots more. Other things on display are a collection of working nickelodeon machines, picture machines, antique arcade games for you to play, motorcycles, old auto signs, and vintage bicycles.

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.

#4: Palace Playland Amusement Park is the place for family fun along the Atlantic shore.

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.

Maine Vacation Ideas #5: Take a Boat Cruise in the Casco Bay, stopping at some of the many islands along the way. The Scotia Prince< is a 1,500 passenger that takes the 11 hour trip to Nova Scotia every night. Casco Bay Lines offers a number of cruises to the islands where you can swim, picnic, walk or bicycle.
#6: Schooner Days, in Rockland, features the Great Schooner Race where two dozen Tall Ships compete in an all-day race. This is annual event is North America's largest annual gathering of tall ships and Rockland is home to many of the vessels in the windjammer fleet. See the Parade of Schooners, arts, entertainment, and fireworks.
#7: Cruise the Maine coast on a Sailing Adventure aboard one of the windjammer tall ships. The Windjammer Association offers three to six day sails where you can do everything from exploring uninhabited islands to helping actually sail these wind powered boats. It's a true ocean adventure.
#8: Monhegen Island is a lobster and artist community situated 9 miles off the Maine coast. Accessible only by boat, it's a one square mile wilderness area with a village, harbor and 17 miles of trails. Come for the art and come for the quiet, isolated and rugged beauty.
Maine Vacation Ideas #9: For whale watching you can't beat Maine. Thrill to the Humpback, Finback and Minke whales along with other wildlife like dolphins, porpoises, seals, puffins, and eagles. Bar Harbor Whale Watching is just one of many operators who offer whale watching cruises, lighthouse viewing trips, and seal watching tours.
#10: Bar Harbor, Maine was a small fishing village in the mid-1800's when artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church discovered the beauty of the harbor's landscapes and seascapes. Today Bar Harbor is a resort destination popular for its scenery and outdoor activities like sailing, motor boating canoeing and whale watching. The local area around the island has over 50 miles of trails that are great for hiking and cycling. Top cruise ships from around the world include a stop at Bar Harbor on their itinerary. A local ferry can take you over to Nova Scotia.

Here are several different Maine sailing vacation ideas. Maine and sailing have been a partnership from the time New England was settled. Every sailing cruise in Maine includes breath taking views of the rugged Maine coast along with the native wildlife including seals, porpoise, ospreys, or perhaps an eagle. The Maine coast is a series of bays bordered by peninsulas and scattered islands. The waters are calm, the winds fair, and the landscape diverse and breathtaking.

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.

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