Maine’s prime sailing season typically goes from the beginning of July to Labor Day. Maine is a beautiful place to go sailing because of the fishing villages, mountains, forests, and harbor seals. Here are’s seven best places to go sailing in Maine.

Go Sailing In These 7 Places In Maine In 2017

1. Casco Bay

Casco Bay is north of Portland and is a great place to go on a fall foliage cruise if you are visiting at the end of the sailing season. It’s also a place to see harbor seals and porpoise. With the company Maine Sailing Adventures, you can go sailing while listening to live acoustic music, taking a wine education course, or practicing yoga.

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2. Belfast

In Belfast you can sail on the Clara K, which is Belfast Bay Company’s lobster boat that sails from Thompson’s Wharf. With Maine Daysail, you can sail on the Timberwind. The Timberwind is a wooden Schooner that you can exclusively charter for two, four, or six hour periods.

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3. Penobscot Bay

Go sailing around small fishing villages with the Camden Hills in the background. Penobscot Bay is a unique place to sail because while sailing you can see a unique combination of fishing villages, harbors, summer resorts, and small towns. After sailing, you can check out the Penobscot Marine Museum, which is located in Searsport and showcases the area’s marine history.

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4. Frenchman Bay

Located in Hancock County near Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay is filled with islands that you can sail through and look for bald eagles and seals. You can go on a two-hour windjammer cruise with Downeast Windjammer Cruises.

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5. Blue Hill Bay

Blue Hill Bay has beautiful views of the hills of Mount Desert and of the Blue Hills. There are several harbors you can sail through in Blue Hill Bay, including Marsh Harbor and Bass Harbor.

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6. Mount Desert

Mount Desert is located between Frenchman Bay and Blue Hill Bay. With the MDI Community Sailing Center you can go sailing whether you are a beginner or an experienced sailor. The center offers summer Junior Programs that teach skills to kids ages 6 to 17. There are also Adult Programs for more experienced sailors.

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7. Rockland

In Rockland you can go sailing with the company Bufflehead for a private charter or go on have a lobster picnic on an island. You can go with a group of up to six people and go for as little as an hour or as much as a whole day.

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This article was written by Colleen Regan.