Kayaks, Whales & Lobsters: Downeast Maine With Your Grandchild

Head north for an outdoor adventure with your grandchild as you go whale watching, hike a coastal bog, kayak tidal waters and enjoy a delectable Maine lobster feast!
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Program No. 16246RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD

At a Glance

Wake up in a cozy lodge nestled in the woods, and breathe in the fresh morning air as you head out for a morning hike along the rocky shores of Downeast, Maine. Later, watch the sun set from the easternmost point of the United States as you enjoy a campfire supper, complete with gooey s’mores and ghost stories. From morning until night, enjoy outdoor adventures with your grandchild, like sea kayaking among uninhabited islands and searching for whales, porpoise, and other abundant marine creatures onboard an authentic lobster boat — all with real Registered Maine Guides to lead the way!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking 2-3 miles per day over rocky, uneven terrain. Kayaking for up to 3 hours on two days in tandem kayaks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Climb aboard an authentic lobster boat for a whale watching adventure on Passamaquoddy Bay.
  • Get a taste of Maine’s famous lobster and farm-to-table food, and dine with locals to hear stories about growing up in Cobscook Bay.
  • Pack your passport for a field trip to Canada’s Campobello Island, where you’ll walk in the footsteps of President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor at their summer retreat.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-13. Please note that a U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.
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Lisa Leighton
Lisa was born and raised in Downeast Maine. She's had many jobs, from raking blueberries to working in a sardine factory. She works for the Department of Marine Resources where she travels along the coast from the St. Croix River to Castine, surveying for scallops and studying lobsters to help maintain healthy populations in Maine. Lisa also harvests Kelp, traps for whelks and drags for mussels and scallops in her free time, and everything she does revolves around her three kids – ages 16,10 and 2.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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