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Special Trips


Friday June 9, 2017

Departs at 8:00 am Returns at 4:00 pm, Please contact Maine Audubon for ticketing and information: 207-781-2330


Tuesday July 4, 2017

Depart 7:30 pm


Adults: $30
Children under 12: $18
Reservations required! Click here


Saturday August 12, 2017

Depart 8 pm


Adults: $30
Children under 12: $18
Reservations required! Click here



Seabirds of Matinicus Rock

Friday June 9th, 2017
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Reservations required!

Tickets available ONLY through Maine Audubon
Please call 207-781-2330 for reservations and information!

Led by Jan Pierson and Peter Vickery
A 32-acre island ledge 15 miles south of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic puffins, razorbills, common murres, black guillemots, arctic and common terns, and laughing gulls all gather to nest.

Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s storm-petrels, northern gannets, common murres, phalaropes, greater and sooty shearwaters, black-legged kittiwakes, jaegers, and marine mammals. In the past 6 years, there has been a Red Billed Tropic Bird that has called this area home for a short time each Spring. We will keep our fingers crossed for a chance sighting of this amazing beautiful bird.

Matinicus Rock is also known as the home of Abbie Burgess, the teenage girl who was stranded on Matinicus with her sick mother and three sisters and left with the task of tending to the lighthouse for almost a month before help arrived. Many children’s books have been written about her remarkable story. Remnants of the lighthouse and the keeper’s house still remain and make for an interesting diversion from the birds that abound.

July 4th Fireworks in Boothbay Harbor

Tuesday July 4th, 2017

Depart 7:30 pm Return approx. 10:30 pm

Reservations required for this popular trip! Click here

This is a fantastic sightseeing trip down the Pemaquid Peninsula to the Pemaquid Lighthouse and beyond to Boothbay Harbor. Once we reach Boothbay, we tour the harbor and settle in to watch the beautiful display of fireworks. This trip is a hit with everyone!

Olde Bristol Days Fireworks at Pemaquid Beach

Saturday August 12, 2017
Departs at 8 pm Returns approx. 10:30 pm
Reservations required for this popular trip! Click here

This trip will travel south around Pemaquid Point past the Pemaquid Lighthouse and into John’s Bay. Fort William Henry stands prominently on the shoreline and is a beautiful sight from the water. The fireworks provide a colorful show over this serene harbor.

About Olde Bristol Days: Click here


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: $4 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.

ALL Hardy Boat patrons MUST park in the grassy field. Our parking lot is located in a safe, quiet, residential area.
Cars parked at Shaw’s Wharf Restaurant will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Schedules, fares and fees are subject to change without notice. Fuel surcharges may be imposed if necessary.

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132 State Rt 32, PO Box 326
New Harbor, ME 04554

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