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Casco Bay

Portland, ME
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Ranked #6 of 66 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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Budd Lake, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Great walking distance from the Portland Harbor Hotel. Frequent schedule available. Nice way to get around to the islands on the outskirts of Portland.

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Austin, Texas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

From the main harbor, you can take a ferry all day long out to the many islands--we paid $7 for round-trips! The ferries run constantly and each island is unique. The Bay is beautiful--shores have scenic church steeples, many gorgeous little boats and lobster traps bobbing. Don't miss the opportunity to get out of town on the water.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went kayaking via Portland Paddles, it was possibly the best part of our trip, an amazing/gorgeous outing that allowed us to see the bay and stop to explore the nearby fort. Our guide was great.

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New York City, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Take the ferry to closer islands, ferry prices quite reasonable, islands fun, easy, scenic, lil restaurants, nice people. Close ones as good as the further ones, depending on your timeframe, if kids with you, and if you want easy convenience or a lil more rugged experience.

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Parkland, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
40 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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