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MAINE COAST SEAL & NATURE CRUISE

Quick Details

Peak
Off-Peak
Adult Ages 13+
$30
$30
Youth Ages 2-12
$20
$20
Child Under 2
Free
Free
Dog Fare Must be leashed or kenneled.
$20
$20
Group Minimum of 30
$25
$25
Peak Season Pricing applicable from July 1-Labor Day

Nature & Seal Watching Cruises in New Harbor

September and October are the best months of the year to visit the coast of Maine. The height of the tourist season has passed but we still have warm days, cool nights and lots of sights to enjoy.

This is the time of year when the pace slows down and we have more time to talk and get to know our customers. The puffins have now departed and we use the extra time in our day to venture further up the bay and give you a glimpse at some of our 70 islands.

We travel past the birthplace of a famous Native American named Samoset, the summer cottage of two beloved children’s authors, and Webber’s Dry Ledge, home to our Harbor Seals. You will also sneak a peek at Franklin Island Lighthouse and find out what a killick stone is used for. Grab a warm blanket and a cup of complimentary hot apple cider and enjoy the view. This is a trip to remember!

Frequently, Captains Al and Kaitlin will allow the kids to take a turn at the helm on the return trip to New Harbor. This makes for a fantastic photo opportunity for the parents. We even let the “young at heart” have their turn at the wheel! Over the years we have seen a legion of loyal Seal Watchers. Kids who had to be helped into the Captain’s chair are now in college and some are returning with children of their own. What a joyful and humbling experience this has become for us. This is a wonderful trip not to be missed. Come and begin a family tradition of your own.

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at the dock 45 minutes prior to departure.

BE PREPARED: Dress appropriately. We suggest dressing in layers. Remember the weather on the Maine coast is changeable and can feel quite cold even in the middle of Summer.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

GALLEY: Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks.

PARKING: Paid lot per day, per vehicle. Credit or cash accepted. $10 per day in May, June, September, and October. $20 per day in July and August. For multiple day and overnight parking, the parking fee is payable upon the first day of parking. Long term rates are available. Parking is located around the corner from the dock in a large grassy field. Upon paying for your parking, you will receive a parking validation. You will need to present your parking validation at the dock to collect your boat tickets. Please feel free to drive down to the dock to unload passengers and luggage before leaving your vehicle in the parking lot. The walk back to the dock is about 5 minutes. During the Spring and Fall, parking is payable at the ticket booth on the dock. The parking lot can accommodate buses, campers, RV’s and trailers.

FALL CRUISE TIDBITS

  • Loud’s Island – 1590 – Birthplace of Native American Samoset.
  • Loud’s Island – 1607 – first deeded land transfer in the New World.
  • Loud’s Island – 1860 – Seceded from the United States.
  • Thief Island – Origin of name unknown.
  • Franklin Island – 1807 – lighthouse built. 3rd oldest in Maine.
  • Franklin Light – John Lowell first keeper and stayed 23 years.
  • Franklin Light – 1841 – James Hanna appointed keeper with salary of $350/year.
  • Haddock Island – Bald eagles nest gets a bit bigger each year as part of mating ritual.

Virtual Tour

Get a sneak peak of some of the things you might see and hear about on this popular fall cruise. Each Captain provides their own unique narration so you can learn something different each time. Thanks to Captain Chad for sharing these highlights of his version of the cruise!