This land and sea photographic adventure is full and exciting day. You will explore many of mid-coast Maine’s lighthouses, maritime history, lobster fishing industry, marine wildlife, and quaint harbor scenery, plus photography lessons on camera controls, exposure, and menu selections, exercises on composition, light, and point of view.
- more dates coming soon
- Thurs, May 31
- Tue, June 19
- Wed, July 18
- Tues, Aug 7
- Mon, Sept 17
- 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- Adult-$165, Ages 11-18-$115, Ages 10 and under-$55. (per person, includes the hire of a boat and captain)
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 excursion. The fees would then be adjusted to $125/$75/$0. These rates will also apply if we have to cancel the boat excursion due to weather. We will try our hardest not to cancel the boat, 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.
What to expect –
Weather permitting, you will motor out into the bay on a comfortable lobster boat to approach some of the areas lighthouses from the water. Once out in the bay you will witness up-close a lobster trap being hauled, learn a little marine biology, and keep an eye out for marine wildlife such as seals, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, and porpoises.
On shore, you will stop at scenic and interesting locations as we drive to our lighthouse destinations. At the lighthouses you will explore the grounds, the structure, and it’s history. Some towers will be open and available for you to climb to the top for breath-taking views of the bay, boats, and islands.
A couple lighthouses on your 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, Grindle Point Light, Indian Island Light, Marshal Point Light. Actual excursions will depend on weather and other logistical factors.
The actual itinerary will depend on the weather, the light, and the tides, however, this is an all-day excursion so plan to stop for either lunch or dinner at one of the ‘fish shacks’ (seafood restaurants at waters edge) in the region. Menu options include; steamed lobster, fried lobster, lobster salad, lobster pie, lobster stew, lobster rolls. Oh, did I mention they have lobster, 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
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. If you use the online booking option you’ll be required to make the full payment.
Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour.