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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Maine Foodie Tours guide, Timothy, gave us a great tip -- take a 1-hour round trip on the Peak's Island Ferry to get out on the water, even in the dead of winter. It was really interesting to see the layout of Portland from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pjfrommass
Reviewed November 28, 2018

We rode the mailboat at dusk. Just to Peak's and back. We weren't there long, so we decided not to take an hour on Peaks. All and all quite lovely.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank johngV6853BX
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Though most of the summer and early fall attractions had passed, we took the Casco Bay Mailboat Ride. This 2 -3 hour boat ride stops at several islands to deliver passengers and mail, and the ride was great! The crew was very courteous and friendly,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gary X
Reviewed November 9, 2018

I run a kayak store. We sell boats. We don't rent but there are some that you do. The point is I'm on the bay all the time and it never ever gets boring. Whatever the weather going out by ferry, water taxi, motor, sail,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 477harleyl
Reviewed November 5, 2018

The bay borders Portland Maine and is filled with many islands one of which is the home of Fort Gorges. There are lots of lobster boats, sail boats, and other ships to watch. We really enjoyed the scenery as we walked along the Wharf and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank teacher152015
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Casco Bay has lovely views. Honestly, if you want the classic "Maine Coast" view, go north. Look at a map. You'll see the coastal geology change producing more small picturesque harbors. Take the Casco Bay Lines Mail Boat. You'll spend a few hours cruising between...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank astro005
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Fantastic scenery. The bay is so large with so many viewing points. Its a must when in Portland. Boat trips available too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _pingme1
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We were lucky to have a high up room in our Downtown Hotel so we were able to take in the lovely views of Casco Bay. We also took the boat trip around the bay which was very interesting too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank grahamkuk
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Casco Bay is beautiful! One can take The Ferry Line to sail to many of the outlying Islands. Even the short Ferry to Peaks Isl (one of the smallest) is enjoyable. One can rent a Golf Cart on Peaks, and explore on their own, or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ShaBene108
Reviewed October 18, 2018

We enjoyed a sunny September day here. Took lots of pictures and had a peaceful tranquil visit. It has amazing views. So lovely.

Date of experience: September 2018
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djdebona
September 29, 2018|
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Response from painter04646 | Reviewed this property |
Simply take tthe ordinary Casco Bay Ferry. You can stop ad get off and on at any of a half dozen islands and explore and get back in,. Te tours that exist are not realy worth the extra money.
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Jane T
September 17, 2018|
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Response from mainemountainbear | Reviewed this property |
Casco Bay Lines is a local ferry service, not a cruise line. That said, the best way to see the most islands in Casco Bay inexpensively is probably on the mail-boat runs. Now that CBL is on its fall schedule, ferries make... More
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BFlo99
July 26, 2018|
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Response from ellenf878 | Reviewed this property |
We took a hour lighthouse tour on a boat very pretty. If it's raining I recommend the art museum.
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Mtnwoman
Loveland, Colorado
Windbreakers in a pouch (4 Replies)
Awhile ago, there was a discussion on what kinds of clothes to bring on a trip to Maui and several people said they liked those windbreakers that store in a pouch. Just wanted to let you know that LLBean has their Casco Bay windbreakers on sale for 19.95. I just got the March sale catalog and I ordered one for my husband, and one for me, for our upcoming trip to Maui. I think they'll be great for other uses, as well. Although I can't personally vouch for the product, there are product reviews...More
March 03, 2009|
Response fromLesRose|
Windbreakers are a must when traveling and are very handy anywhere. Have to agree with the general quality - we can't kill our LLBean stuff!
Julia W
Washington D.C.
Casco Bay Ferry (3 Replies)
Is the CBF a good way to see the bay? We are only spending a day and a half in the Portland area so we want to use our time wisely. From the looks of their website is is very inexpensive. Is the view from the water worth the time?
March 27, 2007|
Response fromcwvoigt|
We took the mail boat run---which includes stops at the Diamonds, Long, Great Chebeague, and Cliff islands---in January. Despite some fairly bad wind-chill conditions on the return leg, we enjoyed it. As I recall, we left at 10 a.m. and returned between 1 and 2 p.m.---in plenty of time to make it to Duck Fat for lunch.
AdventureGirl9
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Puffins (1 Replies)
Hi....... I'd like to catch a glimpse of these birds...... Do you recommend a tour of Casco Bay as the best chance? Thank you so much :-)
February 22, 2011|