5 Terrific Paddling Day Trips

Kayaking near ME, Autumn Paddle in Maine

Check out these 5 terrific canoeing and kayaking day trips in Maine.

By Caroline Praderio (Excerpted from our 2016 Maine Vacation Guide)

Bioluminescent Night Paddle

Okay, so it’s not a day trip, but the surreal, bioluminescent organisms in Castine Bay do light up the night. See current schedules and pricing. Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea St., Castine. 207-866-3506.

Moose Wildlife Safari

Strike out across Moosehead Lake with a veteran guide. Frequently spotted species include trout, deer, loons, ducks, bobcats, and (fingers crossed) the mighty, magnificent moose. See current schedules and pricing. Northwoods Outfitters, 5 Lily Bay Rd., Greenville. 207-695-3288.

Seal Island Day Trip

Ride the expedition boat out to rocky Seal Island, then launch your kayak for open-ocean paddling among puffins, arctic terns, and other seabirds. See current schedules and pricing. Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, 130 Settlement Rd., Stonington. 207-367-8977.

St. Croix River Day Trip

Paddle, swim, fish, and scour the sky for bald eagles on this kid- and beginner-friendly trip along the Maine–New Brunswick border. See current schedule and check with guides for pricing. Canoe the Wild, 588 Rte. 1, Weston. 207-551-8729.

Sunset Sea Kayak Tour

Enjoy a two-hour jaunt around Portland Harbor and watch the sun set behind the city. See current schedules and pricing. Portland Paddle, East End Beach, Portland. 207-370-9730.

See more in our Maine Vacation Guide!


Caroline Praderio

Caroline Praderio is a former Down East assistant editor.