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Casco Bay Islands

56 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04112
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Ranked #9 of 64 attractions in Portland
Type: Islands
Description: An archipelago of islands off of Portland.
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SE NH
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I have traveled the world but I resonate here...love all the islands, a working harbor, Portland skyline Take the 5:05AM Casco Ferry mailRun. Ferry has nice new terminal... The restaurants, the harbor aroma...winter OR summer... Dimilo's a worthy landmark...VISIT the Observatory (Capt'n Moody)...Greater Portland Landmarks Association....much to see...many tours...knowledgeable docents (I should know...I was one of them)...check out the narrow-gage-railway,... More

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Merchantville, New Jersey
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My husband and I decided to take the Mail Boat Run at 2:45 (lasting 2.5-3.0 hours). The trip was $16pp. I was thinking romance and most of the other passengers were there to transport themselves, their children, pets, and household supplies out to the islands. The boat was very crowded and we were cramped for a while. We were there... More

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Salt Point, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a drop off cruise. We got tickets for the Diamond Pass Run. As we waited to board we found that this trip stops 4 times to drop off people & their belongings to different islands. They store these cargo bins (17 on our boat) along the front of the boat. Therefore no people can stay on that end... More

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Westampton (Phila.), NJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Casco Bay Islands - Scenic Mountain Tops There they sit, as they have for years and years --- a long string of wooded, different-sized islands -- actually, mountain tops -- popped up at the eastern end of the peninsula that is Portland, Maine. Tradition says they used to be called the Calendar Islands, because there was one for every day... 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 really enjoyed this working boat serving the island. We had 5 stops delivering people, cargo and mail.

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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

Make sure you make time. We was on Mail Run for 2hrs 45min. But no complaints. You will be among the islanders. Talk to them they really don't mind. Will take the same tour when we come back. One thing if you get board easily might not be for you.The return trip might feel long.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Upon a recommendation from a waitress we did the "Mail Run" cruise to the islands. I guess in the afternoons they deliver mail to the island on their ferry along with the residents of the islands so they also include tourists. It was very nice and informative and every one on the boat was very friendly. We took a small... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We were with a group tour that included this boat cruise. It was most informative, great views of the lighthouses, bay and outer islands. We looked for the "sea-dogs" but they were elusive~ it is 1 1/2 hours on the water and at times as you get near the open sea it can be rocky --but well worth the trip... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Rent a bike at Brad's Bike Repair and Rental on Peak's Island and ask him to choose the best bike for you. The ride around the island was beautiful!

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Peaks Island, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I live on peaks so what can I say, we wanted a night away and had a baby sitter the Portland harbor was recommended and we are so glad it was

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