MAINE SEAL & NATURE CRUISE SCHEDULE 2021
Late August ~ September 29
90 minute trip
September 30 ~ October 11
Departs: 12 pm
No trips Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 4 & 5
90 minute trip
The State of Maine has announced plans to reduce restrictions on businesses by Memorial Day Weekend. You can find Gov. Mills plan "Moving Maine Forward" here. In light of this new information, we are optimistic for a more 'normal' summer season. Please be advised that these restrictions are subject to change in keeping with best health practices for COVID-19.
maine COAST seal & Nature CRUISE INFO
What memories are made of…
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 peak 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!
- ABOUT FRANKLIN ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
- ABOUT MAINE’S FALL FOLIAGE
- DURATION: 1 1/2 HOURS
- NARRATION: Our Captains provide an educational and entertaining narration during the trip.
- 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. Warm blankets are available.
- WHAT TO BRING: Bring binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Binoculars are also available to rent.
- GALLEY: Coffee, tea, healthy snacks and home baked goodies available.
- PARKING: $5 per day per vehicle and payable in CASH ONLY. No credit cards or personal checks are accepted. For multiple day and overnight parking, the parking fee is payable upon the first day of parking. 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 (peak season only). 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.