(Back by Popular Demand!)
Enjoy a bird‚Äôs-eye view of Penobscot Bay and beyond with this special package that includes free passes to the high-altitude parks that surround your windjammer sailing grounds. Add some extra time either before or after your windjammer cruise so you can explore Acadia National Park, Camden Hills State Park and the new 420-foot Observatory at Fort Knox. Boasting the tallest peaks in mid-coast Maine, these state and national treasures offer spectacular views of islands, lighthouses and windjammers, as well as excellent hiking and sightseeing opportunities. For a limited time only, free passes included with every regular 3- to 6-day windjammer cruise. Please mention Sail & Parks Package at time of booking.
Acadia National Park: (207) 288-3338
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce: (800) 345-4617
Camden Hills State Park: (207) 236-3109
Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory: (207) 469-6553
Sail & Parks Package Provides Access to State and National Treasures
Mid-coast, MAINE‚ÄîEnjoy a bird‚Äôs-eye view of Penobscot Bay and beyond with the new Sail and Parks Package that includes free passes to the high-altitude parks that surround Maine‚Äôs windjammer sailing grounds. The Maine Windjammer Association invites guests to spend some extra time either before or after their 3- to 6-day cruise to explore Acadia National Park, Camden Hills State Park, and the new 420-foot Observatory at Fort Knox.¬† Boasting the tallest peaks in mid-coast Maine, these state and national parks offer spectacular views of islands, lighthouses and windjammers, along with excellent hiking and sightseeing opportunities.
The Sail and Parks Package offers a perfect combination; from the decks of the venerable vessels, guests have always enjoyed the incomparable splendor of the Maine coastline.¬† Guests signing up for this package will enjoy all the amenities, traditions, and adventure of an historic windjammer cruise, including the famous Down East Lobster Bake on a secluded island beach; they will also have an opportunity to visit the parks that provide the scenic beauty they view from aboard the tall ships.
Sailing Down East, guests can readily spot Cadillac and Sargent Mountains on Mt. Desert Isle in Acadia National Park.¬† When the windjammers anchor in 7-mile-long Somes Sound beneath these mountains, guests are afforded views of the only fjord on the east coast of the United States; part of 47,000 acres of land that was established as the first national park east of the Mississippi River.¬† Windjammer guests who receive free passes to Acadia National Park can enjoy access for a full week to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, relax on one of many beaches, take guided wildlife and bird watching tours, go horseback riding, or take scenic driving tours; they may be able to view their windjammer from a scenic overlook!
The skyline of the Camden Hills is a familiar profile on the horizon when the windjammers return to port after a cruise; the State Park is located a few minutes north of Camden.¬† Tickets provided to windjammer guests allow entrance to over 30 miles of well-mapped hiking trails and the Mt. Battie auto road to the summit, where sweeping views of Penobscot Bay and the windjammer cruising grounds can be enjoyed.
Fort Knox was established in 1844 to protect the Penobscot River valley against possible British naval incursion, after Maine‚Äôs history of disputes with British Canada over the northeast border and the area between Castine and the rich lumber city of Bangor. It is one of the best-preserved fortifications on the New England seacoast and boasts a newly built 420-foot Observation Tower.¬† A one-minute elevator ride takes visitors to the top of the tallest public bridge-observatory in the world, from which visitors appreciate spectacular vistas of the Penobscot River Valley and the Bay.
Explore the coast of Maine by land and sea with this Sail and Parks Package offered exclusively by the Maine Windjammer Association. For more information: 800-807-WIND or www.sailmainecoast.com.