Tours in Brunswick

Season Pass or Three-Night Mountain-Biking Adventure from Back Country Excursions (Up to 45% Off)

Back Country Excursions

Parsonsfield

$180 $106

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Season pass grants unlimited access to 26 miles of backcountry trail; multiday guided cycling adventure traverses tree-lined terrain

Whale-Watching or Fireworks Cruise from Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching (Up to 43% Off)

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

Hampton Harbor

$33 $19

Individuals or pairs enjoy a whale-watching or island cruise

Wine Tasting with Cheese, Wineglasses, and 25% off Wine for Two, Four, or Six at Sweet Baby Vineyard (Up to 56% Off)

Sweet Baby Vineyard

Sweet Baby Vineyard

$34 $12

Sip six samples of wine while snacking on cheese plates; take home souvenir wineglasses and wine purchased with a discount

90-Minute or 3-Hour Historic Bike Tour of Newburyport for Two or Four from Plum Island Fitness (Up to 61% Off)

Plum Island Fitness

Newburyport

$96 $39

Explore downtown Newburyport’s historic sites as well as Plum island during informative bike tours

$299 for a Three-Course Lunch for Four at the Top of the Newburyport Lighthouse (Up to $900 Value)

The Lighthouse Preservation Society

Newburyport, MA

$900 $299

Prix fixe lunch at a private table with harbor views from the top of a historic lighthouse

Whale-Watching Excursion for One or Two from Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch (Up to 49% Off)

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $28

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A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

Morning Whale-Watching Trip for One or Two from 7 Seas Whale Watch (Up to 43% Off)

7 Seas Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $29

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Featured on Discovery Channel and in "National Geographic," boat tours offer the chance to spot whales and also seals and dolphins

$29 for a Whale-Watching Cruise from Cape Ann Whale Watch (Up to $48 Value)

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $29

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View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115 ft. boat, Hurricane II; valid all season long

$15 for Winery Tour for Two, Two Souvenir Glasses, and Wine Credit at Zorvino Vineyards ($30 Value)

Zorvino Vineyards

Sandown

$30 $15

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Pairs wander through a pastoral vineyard, savor up to 9 wines from souvenir glasses, and $10 towards the purchase of wine

$55 for Package with Wine Tasting, Wine Book, and Pruning Seminar at Candia Vineyards ($116 Value)

Candia Vineyards

Candia

$116 $55

Wine lovers receive a tasting for two, a voucher for dessert wine, chocolates, a wind chime, New England wine book, and a pruning seminar

Semiprivate Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Picnic from Infinity & Beyond (Up to 40% Off)

Infinity & Beyond

Salem

$400 $240

In the care of an FAA-certified pilot, couples take to the skies for sunrise or sunset hot air balloon rides followed by a champagne picnic

Select Local Merchants

Mark and Nichole Stevens have always loved craft beer. Mark began homebrewing in his Mr. Coffee during college, and Nichole spent several years slinging drinks behind the bar. After spending a vacation in search of northern New England breweries that offered tours, the couple decided to create Maine Beer Tours to give guests a behind-the-scenes look at the burgeoning craft-beer industry.

Maine Beer Tours’ palatable expeditions explore the ins and outs of the brewing process and the Maine brewing industry. Groups sightsee at several well-known breweries that employ diverse brewing styles and ingredients, including the well-known Allagash Brewing Company, Shipyard Brewing Company, and Urban Farm Fermentory, which doubles as a food-fermentation center and bee yard. To help expand guests' knowledge and pique interest in new types of beer, breweries give guests samples of their toothsome porters, ales, and witches' brews.

180 Commercial St
Portland,
ME
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Whether leading visitors along the historic streets of Old Port or along the craggy coast near Portland's harbor in a trolley, the guides at Maine Foodie Tours regale visitors with background on the area's artisan cuisine. Each of them partners with local culinary artisans to uncover historical tidbits about dishes or reminiscences about the days when whoopie pies were still carved out of wood. On walking tours, they explain how fish houses, canneries, and textile mills have given way to coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants, stopping for samples of fish, cheese, and microbrews to illustrate each point. On chocolate tours, they may explore the history of the cocoa bean by leading guests to confectioneries that craft cupcakes, ice cream, fudge, and truffles. In the spring, summer, and fall, Maine Foodie Tours offers other excursions, such as trolley and bike tours.

Vervacious 227 Commercial Street
Portland,
Maine
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Whale watching was a relatively new concept when John Fish's grandfather started giving tours. "We kind of originated it," Mr. Fish says. "Thirty years ago we were the only ones doing whale watching." As the company became more successful over the years, additional captains were brought on to cover the demand. Today, these crews continue to ferry groups into the habitats of several whale species, including humpback whales and sperm whales. Though the whales seen along Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch's journeys still breach and refuse to sign autographs, other things have changed over the years. Below deck, the current fleet's engines work to reduce emissions and provide a fume-free experience. Above deck, 360-degree viewing decks and modern technology help bring whales into sight. Onboard computers display large maps of where the aquatic mammals are known to swim, and GPS systems reroute boats around mermen constructing new reefs. In addition to illuminating the behavior of whales for passengers, the crew's wildlife experts point passengers toward other animals they spot along the way, such as white-sided dolphins and harbor seals. Though some variables are beyond their control, the crew members almost always spot whales and boasted a 98% success rate in 2009.

42 Commercial St
Boothbay Harbor,
ME
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After a summer spent paddling a cumbersome aluminum kayak through northern Canada, two college students founded Lincoln Canoe & Kayak in an effort to design a lighter, more ergonomic vessel. Although ownership has switched hands since the brand's inception in 1959, the company continues to craft lightweight canoes and kayaks from fiberglass, Kevlar, or carbon fiber. From their retail paddle shop in Freeport, they also corral new and experienced kayakers into tour and expedition groups that explore Casco Bay, Deer Isle, and Muscongus Bay. Skilled guides impart their knowledge of Maine's coast and lead paddlers to discover Maine?s myriad waterways, where no river, inlet, pond, or kiddie pool is off-limits.

8 Varney Rd.
Freeport,
ME
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With a seasoned captain and crew at the helm, Boothbay Whale Watch's 100-foot Harbor Princess ferries up to 149 passengers into the glistening Atlantic in search of exotic marine life. Voyages meander from scenic Boothbay Harbor into the feeding grounds of whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals, with each marvelous sight indicated and explained by the boat's naturalist, Mechele Vanderlaan. Equipped with an open-air top deck and heated cabin, the boat grants sightseers the ability to watch for marine life year-round without baking in the sun or warming up next to a sympathetic harbor seal. Though alcohol is banned from the boat, the Harbor Princess houses a full-service galley that slings light meals and soft drinks throughout each cruise.

60 Commercial St
Boothbay Harbor,
ME
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Edgecomb Potters began in the most inauspicious of places: a modest school house on the side of a road in Maine. Owners Richard and Chris Hilton never dreamed that, 30 years after opening that school house for business, they would be in charge of three galleries across the state.

Today, their family continues the tradition they started, glazing and firing pottery in kilns built decades ago. The works never fail to capture the beauty of the region, drawing inspiration from New England's clouds, forests, and minor-league baseball teams. Delicately crafted bowls and vases can be found in the galleries alongside metal jewelry, wood sculptures, and glassware.

727 Boothbay Rd
Edgecomb,
ME
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