Island Hopping Casco Bay of Portland, Maine

The islands of Casco Bay captivate seafarers, sightseers and outdoor enthusiasts with their rugged scenic beauty of the Portland Maine coast. The Casco Bay islands attract both locals and visitors on a Maine vacation. Passengers on a Casco Bay island ferry can spend an entire day touring along the coast of Portland in view of forts, foliage, lighthouses and luxurious islands inhabited by spectacular houses.

Casco Bay Forts
Fort Gorges view from Casco Bay ferry
Shipwreck on Casco Bay
Sightseeing enthusiasts viewing the Casco Bay sunset

Things to do on the Casco Bay Islands

Though the title suggests hopping the islands of Casco Bay, it may be a stretch to fit in a visit of all the popular islands in one day. While the ferry service operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year for folks who live on these islands, there are many things to do on each of Casco Bay’s islands as visitors. Many islands offer an opportunity  to tour the islands with   a long walk or a bike ride to behold beautiful Victorian cottages and historical landmarks. For those that didn’t tow their bikes along, the islands offer bike rentals. The islands of Peaks, Chebeague, Great Diamond, and Long Island have restaurants, general stores and art galleries. Eagle Island is a 17-acre state park with a museum and home of Admiral Robert E. Peary, the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909, his home exhibits artifacts from his arctic expedition. Your ferry ride around Casco Bay also offers the best views of Portland’s lighthouses from the water including the Portland Headlight, Bug Light, Two Lights, East Light and Ram Island Ledge.

Have I piqued the interest of the sightseer in you? Look into lodgings and hotels in the Casco Bay area.

Casco Bay Boat Touring

Portland’s most popular islands include Bailey Island, Peaks Island, Cliff’s  Island, Great Diamond Island, Great Chebeague Island, and Long Island. Tip of the Day: Foresighted individuals will bring their own snacks and beer or wine for a boat or island picnic. Cruises of the Casco Bay islands can deliver incredible live band concerts, fireworks viewing from the water or an evening booze cruise.

The splendor of the Portland Maine seaboard draws lovers to seek a marvelous coastal wedding. Casco Bay provides magnificent wedding venues. Spouses-to-be can choose a Casco Bay ferry or island as a venue for wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner.

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