What To Do Near Portland, Maine if You Love the Ocean but Not the Beach
Portland, Maine is set on the picturesque shores of the Atlantic Ocean with many beaches stretching out in either direction. It's easy to find a plot of sand to call your own just a short distance from Port City, but what are those of us who don't care for sand in our shoes supposed to do if we want some time with the sea?
These four day trip ideas will please salt water fans with an adventurous side. From hands-on lobster fishing, Casco Bay by way of kayak, and a rocky breakwater walk to a lighthouse, these activities are perfect for ocean lovers, no sand added.
Lucky Catch Cruises
Ever wanted to rock a bright orange pair waders, hop on a lobster fishing vessel, and pull traps for your own dinner? You can with Lucky Catch Cruises. The fishing tours leave from Long Wharf in downtown Portland and are perfect for bachelor or bachelorette parties, family outings, or any small or big group occasion. Don't forget to look around and take in the scenery of Casco Bay while you're pulling traps.
Casco Bay Mailboat Run
Casco Bay Lines transports visitors and residents to and from the mainland every day. The Mailboat Run is a special opportunity to see many of the islands aboard one of the iconic white, red, and yellow ferries. For $16.00 you'll board the vessel and feel the sea breeze in your hair as the crew delivers mail and freight to Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Cliff and Chebeague Islands.
Portland Paddle Guided Tours
This is the closest you can get to the water without diving in. Portland Paddle offers many guided tours around Casco Bay on kayaks. It's the best way to see historic Fort Gorges up close and personal, but there's plenty of other scenic paddles to lighthouses, islands, and more.
Walk Spring Point Ledge Light
Grab a hot coffee and make your way out to the end of the breakwater at Spring Point Ledge Light for sunrise. If the tides are right, you'll have crashing waves around the rocks, a colorful early morning sky, and the best scenery for a selfie with someone you love. Visiting Spring Point Ledge Light is free.