Though he was fed and cared for, the lion didn't have much room to roam aboard his owner's yacht. The owner didn't know what to do with the creature, which had grown too close to humans to socialize with other lions. So the owner reached out through a friend to Acadia Zoological Park, who took the lion in and gave him his own piece of land. Though the park's name has since changed to Kisma Preserve, the lion still lives on its grounds, alongside a host of other exotic animals that the three staff members have taken in from rehabilitation programs, zoos, and private owners. They care for a motley and majestic group of wolves, big cats, reptiles, birds, and primates in outdoor enclosures year-round.
The three guides—who also are handlers, feeders, and administrators—lead group tours among these habitats. During tours, they teach visitors the proper way to behave around the creatures and divulge details about the creatures' lives in the wild, as well as what brought them to the preserve. On animal encounters, zookeepers let visitors watch wolves during their daily socializing or feed and hold hands with gibbons, lemurs, and capuchin monkeys.
They can also grant visitors a closer look via private tours, in which guests experience one-on-one time with wolves, tortoises, alligators, and other animals. Though they love all the animals on their preserve, the guides are particularly proud of their tigers—a group of royal white and standard tigers, as well as one of only 50 known golden tabby tigers left in the world. Through each tour and encounter, the dedicated staff aims to engender the respect they have for these animals in others. To most visitors, that should come easily: as director Heather says about the tigers, "It's hard to stand in the presence of one and not feel something."
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: P&H, Epic, NDK, Necky, Werner, Kokatat, NRS, Sea to Summit
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Full-day excursions
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Dress appropriately for the weather
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
We have a skills-based Quickstart Kayaking workshop for beginners and intermediate paddlers, as well as weekly sunset and sunrise excursions. We offer Epic Kayak workshops where you can try out your sea kayaking skills in these innovatively designed boats. We also provide comfy overnight accommodations.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We like to think that most folks can learn to paddle all day without getting tired, so firstly we'll provide you with an ultra-light carbon-fiber paddle, which is easy on the wrists and arms, and then we'll teach you some of the energy-efficient techniques you can use to help you get the most out of your paddling.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
At the beginning of each excursion, we will plan the day's excursion using a nautical chart and have comprehensive on-the-water training in paddling technique and safety procedures. We also review what to do in an emergency situation. The planning and safety talk will take about an hour.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: White Water Rafting Maine - Kennebec, Penobscot, Dead Rivers
Pro Tip: Advance Reservations (2-6 weeks) required, vouchers only accepted with advance reservations and subject to availability.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Kennebec River Rafting
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I began whitewater kayaking and rafting in 1980, and never turned back.
What special training do you or your staff have?
All river guides are Registered Maine Whitewater Guides. This requires extensive training and a state of Maine examination.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Extensive on-river and off-river training and company policies. 38 years experience.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to fun and exciting whitewater trips, Maine Whitewater offers kayaking, ATV tours, wildlife tours, snowmobile tours and packages including deluxe cabins, tent camping, RV camping, and meals at our Maine Resorts.
Since the first swing in 1962, Pine Hill Golf Club & Course has been an oasis of outdoor recreation for golfers to hunt birdies and pars. The 9-hole course actually plays like an 18-hole course due to the two sets of tee boxes on each hole, which present unique approaches and shot-making opportunities when looped twice over. As an 18-hole course, the layout stretches 5,571 yards for a par 72. Golfers of all ages and ability levels delight in the course's numerous opportunities to overcome challenges and wave flagsticks over a conquered green.
Prior to a round, golfers hone swings at the driving range, where all-grass tee boxes mimic the feel of on-course shots. For a better grasp on the game, players can book a lesson with PGA professional Mark Hall, who offers corrective advice to improve swing mechanics, such as how to develop consistent muscle memory or how to maximize drives with a bedazzled scepter. An on-site snack bar refuels hungry golfers and a pro shop carries select equipment and apparel.
Course at a Glance:
At Playland Adventures, bowlers don’t need a bowling ball. They are the bowling ball. Safely ensconced in a globe, players get to experience what it’s like to hurtle down a bowling lane without getting tackled by security. This sport joins the bevy of other interactive activities hosted by Playland Adventures, which range from boxing with jumbo mitts to jousting with cushioned cylinders and trying to slam-dunk during basketball bungee. Adjacent to these challenges, the bounce zone invites jumpers age 2 and older to leap about in bounce houses, navigate obstacle courses, and whoosh down a pair of 22’ high inflated slides.
Playland Adventures also cools down guests during the warmer months with the splash zone, where inflatable slides lead into shallow, chlorinated pools. A fleet of ZORB globes allows kids to roll around in inflated spheres, and an airborne ride lets wee ones slip into harnesses and parachute upwards in a shuttle-shaped inflatable.
With an experienced guide at the helm, eager explorers pile into Maine Rafting Expedition?s brightly colored rafts, ready to crash over rumbling rapids throughout Maine?s rivers. Their excursions suit adventurers of all abilities, from more relaxed family- and kid-friendly jaunts through the Penobscot River?s Class III and IV rapids to white-knuckle-inducing trips through Canada Falls? Class-V rapids and a 20-foot waterfall. The most popular trip runs down 16 miles of the Penobscot River, whose Class IV and V rapids offer a heart-pumping ride for paddlers and wild moose aged 14 and up. The seasoned guides also lead overnight expeditions, which break for slumber at fully equipped campsites along the river. On every trip, rafters can fuel up with the included riverside barbecues and commemorate their journeys with photos and videos available for purchase.