Segway Tours of Portland gears up for the Halloween season by visiting notable haunts of the Casco Bay area and recounting sinister tales and little-known historical facts. Journeys commence with a 30-minute introduction to Segway technology and proper operation, including a brief history of the machine as well as tips on using its secret pogo function. From a starting point on Pearl Street, wheel-mounted adventurers embark on a 60-minute exploration of the waterfront and Munjoy Hill, as experienced guides describe spine-tingling tales of pirates and phantom naval officers via audio headsets. The tour pauses periodically to allow guests to take advantage of scenic photo ops or collect autographs from famous poltergeists at the East End Cemetery.
Biplane Rides Over Atlanta, Inc.'s practiced pilots leap into the air in fully restored antique aircraft to grant passengers a glimpse of natural and manmade majesties from above. In the open-air cockpit of a classic antique biplane, adventurers can taste the whipping winds of high altitudes over Downtown Atlanta, glimpsing Turner Field, the Georgia Dome, and Centennial Olympic Park, where the Farmer's Almanacs of previous eras are put out to pasture. Alternately, they can surmount the igneous crown of Stone Mountain and soar above the Mississippi riverboats that dot the surrounding lakes, or gently flit over the cityscape bathed in a golden aura during a romantic sunset flight.
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.
Wheelie Good Bike Rentals makes exploring Portland’s trails and cityscape as easy as remembering how to ride a bike. Every cruiser and hybrid rental includes a helmet, lock, water-bottle cage, and a map of downtown Portland, provided as an edgeless jigsaw puzzle. Cyclists can call to have their bikes delivered as early as 9 a.m. the day of their rental, or they can make a reservation in advance to schedule an earlier drop off. After bombing down off-ramps and performing wheelies at Deering Oaks Park, simply give the bike cab fare or lock it up at one of three convenient drop-off locations—Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, Monument Square, or Portland Museum of Art—by approximately 9 p.m.
As darkness overtakes Bar Harbor, a group of travelers huddle outside the Ledgelawn mansion. Inside, their guide informs them, several centuries worth of spirits patrol the halls, unable to reach the next life due to unresolved earthly business or tragedy. The tour guests shiver, recalling the other stories they've heard that night. One was about a woman whose search for her husband has continued beyond her death. Another described the hauntings of children trapped between worlds. Each legend has a distinct voice, crafted from a mix of folklore, documented history, and post-it notes found floating in front of abandoned fridges. To add authenticity to their storytelling, the guides don costumes for the one-mile trip, which reaches its eerie conclusion in the center of town.
After stepping onto one of Maine Water Tours' covered pontoons, groups of up to 14 embark upon river safaris down the Kennebec River. Sailors depart from The Kennebec Tavern and set out on the placid waters to enjoy breathtaking views and glimpses of local wildlife, from majestic bald eagles to awkward harbor seals. During the adults-only cocktail cruise, passengers are encouraged to bring along drinks, snacks, mixers, and any other party ephemera to enjoy during their two hours out on the water.