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Casco Bay

Portland, ME
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Ranked #6 of 64 attractions in Portland
Type: Bodies of Water, Beaches
Activities: Running, Kayaking
Description: Ship traffic here runs the gamut from lobster boats to oil tankers and cruise lines; also look for the many photogenic lighthouses.
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Parkland, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Very informative narrative as we motored around bay. Beautiful and icy waters with adorable seals. Bring a sweatshirt as it gets chilly out on the water. Found out next land mass north of Portland was Portugal! Wow

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Portland, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What a pleasure it is to take one of the many daily ferries that cross Casco Bay. The waters are gorgeous and you will see everything from ferries carrying locals and tourists to the islands, lobster boats, sailboats, kayaks and canoes. One of the best ferry rides in the Casco Bay is the mailboat, which is a terrific three-hour narrated... More

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Gales Ferry, CT
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157 reviews 157 reviews
40 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We took both the Sunset Lighthouse Cruse and the Mail Boat run during a 4 day stay. We particularly enjoyed the mailboat and seeing a real working boat serving the islanders.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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99 reviews 99 reviews
40 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Great photo op. Take your time and travel all around area. Many things to see and all free. Great for whole family..

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GLOUCESTER
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Be sure to save a few hours for a ferry ride out into the bay. My favorite is the 5 am sunrise trip. It stops at several islands and the beauty and quiet of the early morning is very special. The coast of Maine is a unique and wonderful area that should not be missed.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We liked the Casco Bay so much we had our wedding reception on the ferry boat here. Beautiful to tour the islands, see a bit of Maine and have some fun! Highly recommend doing the ferry boat rides whenever you're in town.

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Branford, Connecticut, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

took a trip out to the islands I call it the mail boat nice ride and worth it they stop at some of the islands for people and mail great ride

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Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Casco bay is a place of great beauty and you can spend some quiet moments here simply watching the ships docking at the bay, the calm and peaceful waters and the sea gull hovering high above them. The cruise off the bay is an amazing way to relax and take in the beautiful natural scenery around you and explore some... More

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Princeton
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The Casco Bay is everything coastal Maine should be. Luckily for me, my nephew lives right on it so the dog and I enjoy its virtues year-round. If you're into sailing, it's a slice of heaven

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Los Angeles, California
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157 reviews 157 reviews
50 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Casco Bay is just beautiful. Over 200 islands, some inhabited and some not. Take the 90 minute harbor cruise at the wharf and find out all about it. So tranquil and serene. For a larger view, go to the Observatory and climb to the top. You will be able to get great photos of 7 or more islands at one... More

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