Generations of Maine Lobster Fishermen

Meet Captain Alex!

Generations of lobster fishermen are the norm, as the ‘art of fishing lobster’ is handed down through families in Maine.  Alex’s license came from his great grandfather, when he was just 6 years old, and at the time it was an open fishery.  Today with a waiting list for licenses, the Maine apprenticeship program allows children to bypass the list if they complete the program and apply for a license by age 18.   Alex’s two sons, age 12 and 15, are now in the program and also have their own lobster boat.

“It’s just in the blood.”  With a long lineage and family network of maritime fisherman, Alex’s own father hauled lobster and several other species to make ends meet. He would sell herring to the local factory and return home with canned sardines for Alex to use as lobster bait. For generations of families, lobster can be a true love affair.

It’s a Family Affair on Scenic Orr’s Island, Maine

Meet Captain Chuck!

Lobster fishing is a way of life and often a family affair.  On Orr’s Island, which is connected to another larger island by bridge, Chuck has a mother, wife and 2 daughters that work at the local island restaurant (serving countless lobster rolls to locals and tourists alike.)  This family involvement of several, if not all family members, in the business of lobster, can be witnessed among hundreds of ocean harbors along the eastern seaboard.   Local employment is driven by fisheries, and in this delicious case, the wild caught fishery of lobster.

Chuck, like many lobster fishermen is found selling a portion of his catch fresh from the boat.  Like a farmer’s fruit stand on a scenic country road, nautical settings like Orr’s Island, offer hungry customers, the opportunity to know exactly who caught dinner.  In this case it’s our hero, and each day, his family sells live lobster from a wharf in front of their home.  This flash sale opens for a whopping “one half hour” each afternoon.  Now that’s island living!

Located in Casco Bay and the Gulf of Mane, the small group of islands that make up Chuck’s community consists of 300 – 400 lobster fishermen in the surrounding waters.  They rely on the sea for their livelihood, as did the generations of fishermen who frequented the fish shack, photographed above with our hero.  Having stood the test of time for over 200 years, the shack and  surrounding land have been put into a special trust.  The protective trust names commercial fishermen as the focus and honors a long line of fishermen and future generations to come.

Isle au Haut Boat Services – Experience Downeast Maine

Climb Aboard and Leave the Mainland Behind!

Isle au Haut Boat Services operates year-round passenger, mail and freight service between Stonington and Isle au Haut, and seasonal service to the Duck Harbor Landing of Acadia National Park.   During the summer season, Monday through Saturday, join the crew for a scenic Downeast Maine lobster cruise!   You’ll learn about Maine’s lobster fishery as crews haul a string of lobster traps. See what creatures of the ocean floor are in the daily catch. The Captain will explain the lobstering techniques and share a few of the secrets of the men and women who earn their livings on the waters of coastal Maine.  Everything we catch – goes back into the water.

During your narrated cruise, you’ll also learn about the local history and folklore of the islands, granite quarries and lighthouses. Weather permitting, you’ll visit islands and ledges where seals, birds and working and pleasure vessels present photo opportunities on every side.    Harbor cruises last for about one hour and fifteen minutes, leaving from the Isle au Haut Ferry Company on Sea Breeze Avenue in Stonington.

Why we love it:   This is the real deal.  Stonington is all about lobster – so perfect slice of life opportunity!

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Cape Elizabeth Light – One of the Most Photographed in America

Lighthouse and Lobsters – The Two Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Built in 1828, Cape Elizabeth Light was part of the first twin lighthouses built in Maine.  Today only one remains active and can be enjoyed from Two Lights State Park.  This is a beautiful spot with ocean views, picnic tables and walking trails with lovey views. A fun note of interest?  One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hopper’s famous painting “Lighthouse at Two Lights.”  We recommend you bring your camera and take some fabulous photos while there!

Of course, this opportunity begs for the perfect pairing of lighthouse and lobster.  Located at the end of Two Lights Road is the The Lobster Shack (at Two Lights) an award-winning restaurant that has been a local landmark since the 1920s.  Enjoy your meal ocean-side on the picnic tables, perched just above the crashing surf, below the lighthouse and next to the fog horn. Or stay in the cozy dining room, watching the ships entering Portland Harbor and the local fishermen haul up their daily catch.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it: Provides incredible ocean views and you can watch ships passing by.  

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Take an Ogunquit Scenic Cruise – Including a Lobster Trip

Ton of Eye Candy and Fun Education.

Finestkind Scenic Cruises operates three traditional, Maine built wooden vessels and offers a great selection of cruises.  Two of our favorites is the Lobstering Trip and the Scenic Breakfast Cruise.   Nothing could be better than starting your day aboard Finestkind II with hot coffee, orange juice and a fresh baked muffin. Departing every summer season morning at 9 am, the Breakfast Cruise travels north along the tranquil morning waters of the Ogunquit shoreline to the Island Ledges; a habitat of harbor seals. Your tour guide will explain the many sights along the way and on the return trip to Perkins Cove give a brief discussion of lobsters and lobstering; more of which can be seen on the Lobstering Trip.

The Lobstering Trip combines the scenic beauty of Ogunquit’s shoreline with a first hand lobstering experience, aboard the Finestkind I. You will see traps hauled and lobsters caught by an authentic Maine lobsterman. Your tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way, providing you with many insights into life along our coast. Children will be thrilled to see the abundant sea life that comes up in the traps and everyone will come away with a deeper understanding of lobsters and their habitat.

Why we love it?  Combines awesome scenery with education!

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Marshall Point Light – A Fabulous Visit

A Stunning Place for Photos!

Located near the fishing village of Port Clyde, this beautiful lighthouse sits on impressive rocks. Marshall Point Lighthouse is not only beautiful but offers a restored keeper’s house, lovely grounds and an extensive museum. Make sure you stop at the gift shop! The property also features a a long wooden runway that connects to the wonderful light.

A great place for shellfies (or lobster selfies) this lighthouse appeared in the movie, “Forest Gump”!  An ideal place for a lobster roll picnic, you could spend hours here enjoying and exploring.  {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it?  Established in 1832.  

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  • Lighthouse Grounds Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset
  • Museum & Gift Shop Open Memorial – Columbus Day
  • Marshall Point Road, Port Clyde, Maine 04855
  • (207) 372-6450

Lobster Cooking Class in Camden – Get Cracking!

Lobster, Lobster, Lobster!

A trip to Maine should be based around eating as much lobster as one can. Hartstone Inn is going to help you with this cooking class. Recipes include: Maine Lobster with a Vanilla Beurre Blanc, Lobster and Gruyere Soufflé with a Grilled Corn Cream, Maine Lobster and Asparagus Salad with a Tangerine Dressing, and Avocado and Lobster Cakes with a Chive Sour Cream and Roasted Tomato Jus.

Join Chef Michael in his Camden Maine kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candlelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.  Or call to enroll in the lobster cooking class separately!

Why we love it? Combines eating lobster and learning how to make the same yummy stuff at home!

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Goat Island (Cape Porpoise) Lighthouse – Roll to a Picnic

An Iconic Landmark In Maine!

There are many ways to enjoy this lovely lighthouse and one of them involves the sunset.  One option is to head out to Pier 77 in Cape Porpoise.It offers a beautiful view of the bay and the Goat Island Lighthouse (especially when the sun is going down.)  With quintessential Maine views, the pier offers lobster fishermen bringing in their daily catch!

Want to go casual and enjoy a lobster roll picnic?  You can bring a roll to go and watch the sun dip below the horizon or rent a kayak for the day and paddle over.  Be sure to keep in mind that the former keeper’s house is a private residence. If the caretakers are home they’ll gladly give you a tour.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it?  Offers a beautiful view from Cape Porpoise Harbor

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Foodie Tours – A Tasty Lunchtime Walking Tour in Kennbunkport

A Delicious and Fabulous Way to Learn about the Area!

Lunch and an historic and culinary walking tour of Kennebunkport and Lower Village!  The area has been home to those who make their living on the sea for centuries and a popular destination for visitors who love the history, beautiful beaches and plentiful outdoor activities. In recent years the culinary scene is also attracting visitors with nationally renowned chefs, gourmet catering companies, craft brewers and award winning food artisans.

This tour takes a leisurely half mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine. You will visit with shop keepers and food artisans, taste chowders, lobsters, cheese and more, all regionally sourced and created by local talent. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you to 6 venues to sip, taste and learn about Maine’s culinary history and vibrant food scene.

Why we love it:  The guides always put their best foot forward to showcase this lovely coastal town!

  • Reservations Required
  • Rain or Shine
  • 14 Guests per Tour
  • 2 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Duration: 2.5-3 hours
  • 7 days/week, June-October,2016, and Saturdays beginning May 14th
  • (207) 233-7485

Take a Day Trip to Lovely Southwest Harbor

Coastal Charm in Maine’s Downeast

When you think about quintessential lobster towns in Maine, Southwest Harbor comes to mind.  Home to many lobster fishermen, harbor views, a charming main street and waterview inns – this is a place to spend a lovely lobster filled day or weekend.

Located just west of the southern entrance to Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island, this is also a great jumping off point during a visit to Acadia National Park.   Park your car and take serene stroll before having a lobster roll lunch.  An afternoon delight to consider?   Take a sail aboard Sail Acadia, a traditional Friendship Sloop… Maine’s original lobster boat! These sail powered vessels were built in Maine in the late 1800’s as working lobster boats and have remained popular because of their beauty and seaworthy nature.

Why we love it?  A quaint peek into life in a small charming lobster village.  

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Portland is a Must Visit for Many Reasons

Historic Port Charm with So Much to See and Do

Charming and historic, this town is lined with cobblestone streets and filled with the sounds of seagulls.  A true maritime town and plenty of wharves, water-views abound from restaurants and hotels alike.  You could spend a few hours or a few weeks in Portland!

Let’s start with Old Port.  It’s an endless array of little shops selling nautical wares (plenty of lobster goods) and fabulous restaurants. Saunter down to the water and grab a lobster roll overlooking the boats at either Portland Lobster Company or the Porthole. Consider taking a food tour and for lobster lovers the Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl is recommended!  Please note this seasonal tour runs April – October.  Or hit the water with a lobster boat tour and Lucky Catch Cruises.

Why we love it:  It’s a sweet and salty destination. Good nightlife in Old Port, too!

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  • 120 Miles North of Boston
  • 6 Lighthouses Near Portland
  • Largest City in Maine
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Bar Harbor is a Dream for Lobster Lovers

Come and Soak Up the Magic of this Downeast Place

A serene and lovely place like no other, Bar Harbor is a destination known the world over.  Its pristine beauty feels almost like a painting at times and has a certain magic to all that visit.  Boasting Acadia National Park and a charming town, natural delights and endless views are the main event here. That and the lobster!

A few of our favorite suggestions?  Bundle up a few of those lobster rolls to go and have a picnic at countless scenic vistas in the park. Or head out on the water to eat with Sea Princess’s unforgettable scenic nature cruises.  Either way you can roll to go!  Of course, you can’t miss a lobster boat tour and Lulu’s 2 hour tour is the place to do it!  If you are making it a day trip and want to stay in town for lunch, go to Stewman’s, right in the center of town with wharf seating overlooking the water.

Why we love it:  It’s a picture perfect part of Maine – with lots of lighthouses and lobster boats!

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  • On Mount Desert Island
  • Bar Harbor surrounds Acadia National Park
  • 150 miles north of Portland
  • More than 20 Lighthouses In Bar Harbor/Acadia area – some viewable by boat only.
  • Over 5 million lobsters are eaten in Bar Harbor each year


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Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventure – Come Aboard!

Watch Lobster Traps Hauled Aboard an Authentic Lobster Boat

Take a lobster boat tour on the “Captain Jack”, a 30 foot authentic downeast lobster boat. Experience a unique adventure on board a traditional working lobster boat and join Captain Hale on a 1-1/4 hr. cruise. It’s exciting to watch as Captain Hale hauls his traps, get up close and personal with the lobsters, crabs, starfish, sea urchins and other exciting creatures from the sea.

When enjoying the Capt Jack Lobster Boat Tour, bring your camera to take panoramic pictures of the Owls Head Light house and the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Please note they cannot haul traps on Sunday, but do offer fishing trips and Lighthouse tours aboard the lobster boat.  Insider Tip if traveling with children: there are no restroom facilities on the boat.

Why we love it: Small and intimate lobster experience on a real lobster boat.  

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Crate to Plate Lobster Boat Tours – Amazing Day

You Take Home 4 Lobsters Caught During Trip!

Come aboard the M/V Fisher Girl, a commercial lobster boat, with Captain Dan Cosby and crew to roll up your sleeves and learn about lobster fishing.  A 3 hour tour is very hands on with learning about bait lobster bags, pulling lobsters from traps, measuring to see if they are keepers and banding them to drop them into the tank.

In addition to this one of a kind hands on experience, you will see a side to Penobscot Bay only available by water. Harbor seals, birds, including eagles, and porpoise abound. A bonus?  You will leave with 4 lobsters to take home and cook, lobsters you had a hand in catching.  EXCITING!  Half day boat rides are available Monday through Saturday and scheduled, weather permitting. Please note pick up/drop off is in Saturday Cove or Lincolnville Beach and trips are available for up to 4 passengers.

Why we love it:  Lobster learning up close and personal. 

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Kylie’s Chance Scenic Lobster Boat Tour – Sightseeing Adventure

A Fabulous View of the Area and Lobster Fishing!

Take a 1 1/2 hour Scenic Lobster Tour on Kylie’s Chance down the Kennebunk River and along the Kennebunkport coastline. Kylie’s Chance is a 65 ft. boat built and launched in 2002 for the sole purpose of giving visitors a boating adventure. She is one of the largest sightseeing vessels on the New England coast.

Want to know how Maine Lobsters are caught? Come aboard! The captain and mate will be happy to answer your questions and fill you in on the lore of the Kennebunkport coastline. Kylie’s has one-third of the seating under cover for those who don’t want to be in the sun.  Bottled water and soda are available on board. Bring your camera, a light jacket, sunscreen and be ready to have a good time!

We we love it: Learn about lobster in comfort.  

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West Wind Lobster Boat Tours – Come Aboard this Red Beauty

Cruise Along Casco Bay and Take in the Natural Scenery

Take a trip on gorgeous Casco Bay with West Wind Lobster Boat Tours!   During the first part of the two hour tour, Captain Jay McGowen will explain the history of lobstering as he navigates toward his traps. Then, he will demonstrate how a trap is lifted from the ocean floor and opened to collect the lobsters inside. The basic anatomy of the lobster is next, along with how the trap works.

Once the traps have been pulled, they also look for seals often funding them basking in the sun on some ledges off of a larger island. Private charters are available as well.

Why we love it: The red lobster boat for this tour is incredibly good looking.  

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Robertson Sea Tours & Adventures – Consider the Lobster Bake!

A Bucket List Worthy Maine Experience!

Choose between two different amazing options aboard the Kandi Leigh .  You can take the “Maine Tour” which includes the thrill of hauling up a few of the Captain’s lobster traps aboard the 28′ vessel, the . Highlights of this cruise include lobster fishing, viewing seals, eagles, and scenic islands. Listen to the Captain talk about the history of the area as well as his own abundant adventures on the waters of Maine. This cruise is approx 2.5 hours.

The other option provided by Robertson Sea Tours, includes lobster trap hauling and a “Lobster Bake’ on an island.  Please note, passengers are transferred into a little skiff/boat to then motor to the island to off load. Passengers are then able to explore the island while we set up for the Lobster Bake.  Typically the meal includes Lobster, corn on the cob, a salad, and a dessert.  This delicious cruise time is 3 -4 hours!

Why we love it:  The option to have an authentic Maine lobster bake on an island?  Amazing!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Required
  • Milbridge Town Marina, Milbridge, Maine 04658
  • Cruises will depart from the Milbridge Marina which is nestled at the head of Narraguagus Bay
    leading to over 50 miles of coastline.
  • (207) 461-7439

Sail Acadia – Fishing Tours on Maine’s Original Lobster Boat

Go Lobstering! 

Sail Acadia offers Lobster-Fishing Tours on a 33′ Wooden Lobster Boat built on Mount Desert Island by Bobby and Chummy Rich. Tours are 2 hours long, and include a ride up some of Somes Sound, seeing all the seals on East Bunker’s Ledge; and hauling 5 traps!  Captain Dan Lunt is a lifelong Maine Lobsterman, who offers a wealth of knowledge about lobstering. He and his crew are very kid-friendly; and all passengers are invited to participate in hauling,measuring and banding the lobsters if they would like.  He welcomes any questions passengers may have, and will stop along the way if you would like to take pictures!   Lobster traps are set in some of  Mount Desert Island’s most beautiful locations!

Why we love it:  It’s a memorable, hands-on lobster learning adventure!

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Camden Harbor Cruises – Lobstering Tours & More

Discover the Maine that You can Only See from the Water!

Join Capt. Dominic Gioia and his crew aboard the Lively Lady for a one hour Lobstering & Lighthouse harbor cruise and enjoy views of two lighthouses, wildlife (hopefully seals & birds!) and a lobster fishing demonstration.   Departing 7 days a week from the public landing, Camden Harbor Cruises offers a close-up look of Maine’s rugged coast as the wooden vessel glides past majestic lighthouses, seaside mansions, world famous windjammers, and visiting yachts.  Don’t be surprised to see seals, porpoises, osprey, and bald eagles along the way!

Why we love it:  It’s a scenic tour!

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Sail Muscongus – Maine’s Only Sailing Lobsterboat!

Doesn’t Get More Maine Than This!

Sail Muscongus offers Boothbay Harbor’s most authentic Lobster Boat Tours and is among Maine’s most trusted and renowned sailing trip providers. Their passions are simple – fishing, lobstering and sailing!

Their wooden Friendship Sloop, Sarah Mead, accommodates up to six passengers who ultimately determine her course. Typical day tours last up to two hours; however, they have been known to come in early or later depending on the needs of those onboard! Sarah Mead is Maine’s last and only sailing lobster boat, a fully restored wooden Friendship Sloop. Sarah Mead is owned and operated by father-and-son team Randy and Nate Jones.

  • Whether you seek natural or man-made scenic wonders, seals and porpoise or some “lobstah,” the Captain and crew will set an appropriate course. In addition to observing marine mammals like seals and porpoise in their natural habitats, you may spot exotic islands, nostalgic lighthouses and luxurious mega yachts.
  • Because of their family-focused approach, you can feel confident that Sail Muscongus is the right choice for a lobster charter that family members of all ages can enjoy.  When you choose Sail Muscongus, you are guaranteed a safe, professional guide service with a bold, accommodating spirit.

Join Randy and Nate for a memorable excursion on-board Sarah Mead, and learn more about the fascinating history of Boothbay Harbor and its sea life; see lighthouses, seals, porpoise, osprey, eagles and, of course, lobster. Lobster tours sail four times daily from Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Why we love it:  It’s an authentic lobstering experience!

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Rugosa Lobster Tours – A Hands-On Lobster Experience

A Lobster Tour in A Scenic Village

Step onto the Rugosa, a classic New England wooden lobster boat, for a memorable Maine experience along the Kennebunk River. During this scenic 1-1.5 hour trip, you’ll learn about lobstering in Maine. Sit back and relax or roll up your sleeves and join in on the fun!  Holding a maximum of 25 passengers, the Rugosa is excitement for the whole family.  Sails three times daily from May – October.  

Why we love it:   Great sightseeing!

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  • Seasonal:  May – October
  • 95 Ocean Avenue (Behind the Nonantum Resort), Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
  • (207) 468-4095




Maine Foodie Tours – Lunchtime Crawl

Bring on the Lobster!

Attention Lobster Lovers! This 2 hour small group culinary tour includes a visit to a working wharf and busy lobster pound where you will learn all about North American lobsters, how they are caught and the many ways you can eat them! Enjoy a taste of Maine, as you make your way through Old Port, Your luncheon includes smoked Maine seafood, New England clam chowder, Maine craft beer, fresh picked Maine lobster roll, lobster mac & cheese, local blueberry sodas and fresh baked Maine whoopie pies or potato doughnuts!  Visit site for other culinary tours in Portland, Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport and Rockland to complement your authentic experience.

Why we love it:   The Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl – of course!

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Lulu Lobster Boat Ride – A Classroom at Sea

Lulu Lobster Boat Ride 

Join Captain John Nicolai aboard Lulu – a downeast-styled lobster boat – for a two hour lobstering experience you’ll remember for a long time! See what it is like to be a lobsterman in Maine as you watch Captain John haul lobster traps from the waters of Bar Harbor.   Learn about lobsters from one of Maine’s most knowledgeable and entertaining lobster experts and since Captain John is completely bilingual, the tour can be narrated in English or French. As a retired professional chef, the Captain may even share a favorite lobster recipe or two on this Bar Harbor Lobster Boat Tour.   

Why we love it:  Captain John is knows his stuff!

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Lucky Catch Cruises – Lobster Tour on Casco Bay

Learn All About Lobstering

How does your lobster gets from the bottom of the ocean to your dinner plate? Reserve your spot on a Lucky Catch lobster boat, and you’ll find out. You’ll learn about lobster habits, conservation efforts, the difference between hardshell and soft shell lobsters, shorts, culls and keepers! Any lobsters caught during this 80-90 minute tour can be purchased after the cruise for wholesale “boat” price, and if you don’t have a pot at home, take your lobsters across the pier to the Portland Lobster Company restaurant for the freshest lobster dinner anywhere!

Why we love it:  You can purchase the lobsters after the cruise!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Required
  • 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
  • (207) 761-0941

Watch 2016 Lobster Boat Races in Stonington!

Yep, it’s true.  Lobster boats racing for glory and for fun.  

Mark your calendars.  Saturday, July 10th!   It’s incredibly cool to attend one of these events where the whole town comes out to support their favorites.  It makes for a great day and an even better weekend if you are lucky enough to stay nearby.

These races happen throughout Maine each summer and various schedules are posted each spring.   One of our favorites is Stonington, Maine.

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Attend the Maine Lobster Festival 2016

Maine Lobster Festival! August 3rd – August 7th, 2016

If you love lobster you have to visit!  What do you get when you mix the world’s greatest lobster cooker, 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess coronation, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, cooking contests, marine tent and MORE?!  The Maine Lobster Festival!

On opening day, general admission tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for kids 6-12. After that, adults pay $8. Sunday is our “Family Fun Day” and admission is free for all ages.  Tickets for entertainment acts and the carnival rides are a separate price. Click through to get all the details.

Getting there

The Festival site, at Rockland’s Harbor Park, is easy to find. Rockland is four hours by car from Boston and less than two hours from Portland.  Buses run every 30 min or less from the high school and middle school to the festival grounds and back.

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Pleasant River Boat Tours – Lobsters and Lighthouses!

Take a Tour on the Honey B. on the Beautiful Downeast Maine coast in Addison Maine.

Captain Paul has the experience and holds all the necessary U.S. Coast Guard  certification to make your voyage  safe and interesting. He has been a licensed commercial fisherman for 48 years. The Honey B., a 34 foot fiberglass working lobster boat, was built on nearby Beal’s Island by one of the foremost designers of the classic downeast style. She has been operated continuously by Capt. Paul for 20 years in the lobster, scallop and urchin fisheries.

This tour cruises you amongst the islands with views of famous lighthouses.   You will observe marine mammals, eagles and sea life …in one of the most pristine setting on the U.S. seaboard.

Watch lobstermen ply their trade and maybe catch a lobster yourself!

Why we love it:  It is a true authentic Maine experience.  A must do!

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Take a drive to Beals Maine – Lobster fishing inspiration!

Beals Island is a very quaint place to visit and see lobster fishermen in action!  One such lobsterman in this small town is Sonny Beal who makes a living catching lobster.  Sonny and his family are descendants of the original Beals who settled Beals Island.  His boat is named after his mother and he has two sons. When asked if his sons will become lobster fishermen someday, Sonny is insistent they are going to college. The jury is still out.

With a total area of 48.33 square miles, Beals is like most New England towns and boasts big character. The area is part of a tradition called “lobster boat races” and Sonny is a very active participant. Lobster boat racing involves lobster fishermen racing their boats along a watered “drag strip” in town harbors.  Whether you take a ride over the bridge from Jonesport to Beals for races or sightseeing – its a beautiful place to visit.

Why we love it:  You have to drive through unspoiled Jonesport, home to one of Down East’s largest lobster fleets.  Jonesport has  gift shops, take out restaurants, and a sardine museum.

HAY-VAL Charters – A Lobster Boat Tour in Boothbay Harbor

A Lobster Lover’s Experience

Located in scenic Boothbay Harbor, Hay-Val Charters offers lobster boat tours with two experienced captains as your hosts!  All tours will leave from the dock located at the Tugboat Inn.

Step aboard the F/V Lady Esther with Captain Larry Knapp, one of the region’s most seasoned lobstermen, along with Captain Bruce White.  Your adventure on the water will last 1 1/2 hours on the 42 foot lobster boat, complete with pulling lobster pot traps, learning about how lobsters are measured and re-baiting traps to set them back in the ocean.

Why we love it:  It’s the real deal!  A sweet and salty lobster learning adventure. 

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