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“Fun for the whole family”

Rugosa Lobster Tours
Ranked #1 of 12 Tours in Kennebunkport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is a demonstration of lobster fishing and information about lobster biology, Maine lobster fisheries, commercial aspects of the fishery and last but not least, some local history. Fun for the whole family. The Rugosa is a real wooden lobster boat out on the Gulf of Maine and in terms of information shared by the tour guide, it is pretty comprehensive material for children under 4 years of age. Very young children can be a distraction to the rest of the guests aboard the boat, enjoying the presentation.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 8, 2013

I haven't stopped talking about our tour since we got back yesterday! The boat goes out twice a day, 10:30 and 1pm. Capt. Bob and Kevin are friendly, funny and answer every question asked. The boat is spotless and the views are spectacular. Although I have eaten lobster, I have never been this up close and personal with a live one! It IS fun to band them..I can't figure out why. The kids on our tour were just enthralled. Even though it was cold and drizzling rain, we all couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces. We were even given lunch recommendations. I met a nice family from MS who will be moving here so we exchanged emails! Later, we saw them at Pier 77! This was the highlight of my guests' time in ME. I highly recommend a trip with Capt. Bob and Kevin. They truly love what they do and it shows!!

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Had a great time with Captain Bob and his crew Kevin. Both very knowledgable and passionate about lobstering. Learned so much in a short period of time. You are able to handle the lobsters and help band the claws. Also learned some Kennebunkport history. Seas were calm enough so we were able to get close to Walkers Point, the Bush Compund. Very affordable. They offerend cold water and also have a bathroom on board. Comfortable bench seating. You can either be outside in the sun or under the roof. Would highly recommend this to everyone. These guys were great!

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Very informative and well worth the price of a ticket. All on board seemed to have a fab time, kids got to handle and band a couple of lobsters. It was great!

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Took the family (wife and 10 year old) on the Rugosa. The boat is a mahogany planked 38 footer, built in 1961. She's a real beauty. It sails from the picturesque Nonantum Resort on the Kennebunk River. I can't say enough about the excursion! The Captain and crew welcomed us aboard. They were cheerful and seemed genuinely happy that we were on board. We had a million questions, and they patiently and pleasantly answered them all. They go over all the safety info that is required, and then head out, down the river and into the ocean. On the way out, they talk about lobsters and the lobster industry's history. Very informative. Once in the ocean, they demonstrate how the lobstermen find their pots and haul them aboard. Then they let the passengers band the claws of the catch, and everyone gets to handle a live lobster, even the kids. The scenery on the trip is beautiful, and you'll get a view of the Bush residence there in Kennebunkport. Bottled water was provided for anyone that needed to be quenched.

I'd recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area that has a couple of hours to spare. The trip was fun and educational for the kids, and even for us "old salts".

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