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Casco Bay Islands

56 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04112
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Ranked #7 of 66 attractions in Portland
Type: Islands
Description: An archipelago of islands off of Portland.
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This was 5 days of Heaven. We explored the islands and got breathtaking photos of sunrises and sunsets. The island is silent, no horns, alarms and such... it also smells of the ocean. When walking you could smell the fragrance of the flowers. When we got back to Portland, the city was so loud and smelled so bad!

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Summit, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were on a vacation trip with friends to the Portland-Sebago Lake area, which we adore and have visited for many years, fifty or more, actually. As senior citizens, with slight disabilities, we found this a terrific way to see this beautiful area. Several of us in the group are amateur photographers and we couldn't stop shooting. Great value, comfortable... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We took a day trip to Peak's Island and had a ball. First, we had breakfast and then rented a golf cart for 2 hours. The island is beautiful, calm and quiet. Next time we come, we will stay over for a few days to unwind.

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boston
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We overslept and missed the ferry to Chebeague Island, and decided to go to Peaks Island on a whim, mainly because those ferries run the most frequently. There's not a lot of info at the ferry terminal about the various islands and the different things to do, so do your research beforehand. (There's a small bit of info on the... More

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Bedford Hills, NY
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Took the ferry (fun!) to Peak's Island, the most commercialized of the islands in the bay. Make sure you know where you are walking though....we ended up quite a distance away and it took some time to get back to the ferry. Next time, we would definitely rent a bicycle or golf cart to really enjoy the beauty of the... More

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Orrlando
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This trip around the bay was 3 hours of bliss. The mail boat circles the Bay dropping off and picking up passengers as well as provisions and freight. We had a chance to talk with plenty of locals who gave us a feel for each Island. It was big fun.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very inexpensive , and gives you in 1 1/2 hours a great idea of how nice the coast line and ME is in summer, the temperature was perfect

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

No electricity or running water on this island requires you to work for your basic needs. The cabins are a step above camping, but more like turn of the (previous) century. Pump and boil water for cooking and cleaning. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy utter peace and quiet. The only vehicles on the island include 3 maintenance... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

A short ferry ride to a developed island. Bring supplies for a picnic. Rent a bike, or a golf cart, and circle the island. Find a quiet spot by the water to picnic and relax. Don't expect sandy beaches. Plan 3 hours.

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Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
34 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you liked the thousand islands of NY, you will like the Casco Bay Islands boat rides ( we recommend the mail boat ride at $16. pp) for a nice introduction and overview of the CASCO BAY scene. Lots of history and salt air here! Leave from OLD PORT at 10 AM and bring a sweater even if a hot... More

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