Boat Trips & Lighthouses

Maine boating and Maine lighthouses are a major area attraction. The mid-coast of Maine contains a dramatic series of peninsulas, islands, and waterways jutting into the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic. The best way to appreciate this maritime landscape is by boat. It is possible to spend a day or half day on a sail boat, based in Boothbay Harbor or Harpswell, and there are powerboat charters available in Georgetown and Bath, both for sightseeing and for fishing. There are also scheduled boat trips available nearby in Bath, Boothbay Harbor, and New Harbor on the Pemaquid peninsula — operators include the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Cap’n Fish and Balmy Days in Boothbay Harbor, Hardy Boats in New Harbor. All of these tour operators have cruises of differing lengths and emphases — from simple sightseeing, to whale watches, to trips to see puffins and other seabirds, to trips to observe and visit some of the area’s famous lighthouses.

Some of the Northeast’s oldest and most celebrated lighthouses dot the islands and rivers of this area. The tallest (and second oldest) lighthouse in Maine is Seguin Light, chartered under President George Washington in 1795, and located on a rocky island at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Seguin is clearly visible from many locations in Georgetown but it is only accessible by boat. The Maine Maritime Museum runs trips to the island throughout the summer, and a visit to the lighthouse is a journey through history. There are a number of other lighthouses in the area which can be reached by boat, car, or by a short hike. Squirrel Point Light (accessible by an easy hiking trail) and Doubling Point Light (accessible by automobile) are on the Kennebec in neighboring Arrowsic. Further afield is the iconic Pemaquid Lighthouse and museum, at the tip of the Pemaquid peninsula (about a 45-minute drive from Coveside), and Hendrick’s Head Lighthouse on Southport Island.