You will explore many of mid-coast Maine’s lighthouses, maritime history, lobster fishing industry, marine wildlife, and quaint harbor scenery.
- Sat, May 20-full
- Mon, May 29
- Thur, June 22
- Mon, July 3
- Sun, July 16
- Wed, Aug 9
- Mon, Sept 11
- or schedule a private tour for yourself or your group
Check back for additional dates or call to reserve a private tour to accommodate your schedule. For private tour rates go to the rates page.
Rates- (per person, includes the hire of a boat and captain) Adult-$165, Ages 11-18-$115, Ages 10 and under-$55.
NOTE: we often don’t cancel if enrollment is low, however, for this tour if enrollment is low there may be a possibility that we will have to eliminate the boat ride. The fees would then be adjusted to $125/$75/$0. We will try our hardest not to cancel, but if we do, this will still be an all-day excursion, and it will still be a great experience.
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Does not include lunch. Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer, book online for an additional fee.
This land and sea photographic adventure is designed to stimulate your senses and expand your vision. Photography lessons on camera controls, exposure, and menu selections, will be followed by exercises on composition, light, and point of view. Review of your images will be ongoing all day.
The actual itinerary will depend on the weather, the light, and the tides, however, this is an all-day excursion.
What to expect –
We will approach some of the areas lighthouses from the water in a private, comfortable, power boat . Once out in Penobscot Bay we will see how lobster traps are hauled and keep an eye out for marine wildlife such as seals, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, and porpoises.
On shore, we will stop at scenic and interesting locations as we drive to our lighthouse destinations. Once at the lighthouses some towers will be open and available for you to climb to the top for breath-taking views of the bay, boats, and islands.
If time allows, we will visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which is home to the largest collection of lighthouse and U.S. Coast Guard artifacts in the nation. Also, a couple lighthouses on our tour have a museum and gift shop in what was originally the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling. The museums house artifacts that help paint a picture of the lifestyle and the type of work required in keeping the beacon shinning, as well as other displays of coastal history.
Mid-coast area lighthouses that we will consider as a possible location are Rockland Breakwater Light, Owls Head Light Station, Curtis Island Light, Indian Island Light, Marshal Point Light. Actual excursions will depend on weather and other logistical factors.
We will have lunch along the way at a seafood restaurant with fresh, local catch. Menu options include; steamed lobster, fried lobster, lobster salad, lobster pie, lobster stew, lobster rolls, and of course other seafood and turf selections as well. Meals are not included in the price of the tour.
A Little History of a Few Lighthouses
A drive down a picturesque peninsula brings us to Pemaquid Point Light, which sits on the rocky, wave worn ledges of Muscungus Bay. This lighthouse was chosen to represent Maine in the U.S. mint’s state quarter collection in 2003.
Marshall Point Lighthouse has a rich history, which started in 1832 with the erection of the tower and the light keeper’s house. Over the years there were renovations, expansions, a devastating fire in 1895, and a rebuild to what is standing today. Automation in 1971 left the keepers house deserted. Since 1935 the Coast Guard has maintained the light and in 1988 the town historical society leased and renovated the house and now maintains it as a museum. This lighthouse was featured in a scene in the movie “Forrest Gump”.
There are 8 lighthouses in Maine that still carry their original Fresnel lens and two of these are in this region; Owls Head Light, and Pemaquid Light. The others have all been updated with LED.
How to prepare – Please wear good walking shoes. We will be on our feet a lot. A wind-breaker is recommended for the boat ride along with other warm clothing; sweeter, hat, gloves, etc.
Weather – This is a rain or shine event. Dress accordingly for the weather, and dress in layers.
Camera equipment – Any camera is acceptable. Whenever possible, please bring your owners manual. Do make sure that your battery is fully charged and bring extra batteries. You should come with plenty of room on your memory card for at least a few hundred pictures, however we do recommend having a second memory card with you. If you have a tri-pod it will be useful for our later day shooting. For those shooting with DSLR’s you may want to bring additional lenses if you have them.
Suggested items – sun protection; sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc.,
Reservations – A minimum of a 50% deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is due 2-days before your tour.
Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour.