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Lighthouse, Nature & Special Cruises

Tour the Kennebec River and see up to 10 of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses on one of our daily cruises – running mid-May through October.

Board Merrymeeting for an up-close look at some of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses and abundant wildlife. Cruise comfortably with plenty of space to move around the open upper deck and enclosed lower deck. All cruise fees include admission. In-person ticket sales end 20 minutes prior to departure; boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure. Please plan your arrival accordingly.

Merrymeeting Cruise Schedule 2024

Daily Lighthouse & Nature Cruises at 12:00, 2:00, and 3:30 pm

1 Hour, Daily | Adults $40; 6 – 17 years, $21; under 6, $6

2 Hours, Mondays & Wednesdays | Adults, $47; 6 – 17 years, $27; under 6, $6

3 Hours, Tuesdays & Thursdays | Adults $53; 6 – 17 years, $30, under 6, $6

Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

Lighthouse & Nature Cruises are generously supported by Churchill Events

Lighthouse Lovers Cruise (4 hours)

Saturday 3:30 pm through August 26
Adults, $60; 6 – 17 years, $35; under 6, $6
Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

See up to 10 of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island & Light, Pond Island & Light, Seguin Island & Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light.

The Bath Iron Works Story: By Land & Sea

Tours (2.5 hours) begin at 12:30 pm.
May 20 – June 7: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
June 5 – October 22: Monday – Friday
Adults: $58; Children 17 & under: $35
Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

Experience the full Bath Iron Works package! The tour begins in the immersive exhibit BIW: Building America’s Navy where you’ll get a high-tech look at the people, processes, and ships of Bath Iron Works and discover why “Bath Built is Best Built.”  From there, you’ll board the trolley for a narrated ride past the yard. Your guide will detail the history of the yard and highlight key elements of the shipyard. Finally, the trolley will drop you off to board the museum’s cruise boat Merrymeeting for a one hour cruise featuring a spectacular, close-up look at naval destroyers in the water.

With generous support from

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

Autumn Golden Hour Cruise (2 hours)

Monday Thursday, 3:30 pm, September 30 October 24
Adults, $47; 6 – 17 years, $27; under 6, $6
Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

See some of the Kennebec’s most beautiful lighthouses in the splendor of fall! During this autumn cruise you’ll see up to six lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, and Seguin Island Light.

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About Our Cruises & Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets are non-refundable, except in the event of a weather cancellation. Online ticket sales close at 5 am on the day of the cruise. Day-of cruise tickets must be purchased in person or by calling (207) 443-1316 x331. Merrymeeting is a 56′ motor vessel with a covered lower deck and open upper deck. Cruises run in light rain and other moderate weather conditions. Cruises may be cancelled in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions or unmet minimum ticket sales, and cancellations are made by the Captain on the day of the cruise. If the Museum cancels a cruise, you will have the opportunity to reschedule or receive a refund.

Only service animals are allowed on board. Pets and support animals are restricted to the south end of campus and not permitted on cruises or in any building.

The temperature on the water can vary throughout the day. Please come prepared with extra layers. Access to the boat requires negotiating a ramp down to the float. Merrymeeting is wheelchair accessible, but the two small bathrooms on board are not.

Passengers will remain on the boat for the length of the cruise. Merrymeeting’s professionally trained crew provides fascinating narration and a safe, comfortable cruise. We’re pleased to offer a snack bar onboard with beer, wine, soda and light snacks. Guests are welcome to bring aboard food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Seasonal & Specialty Cruises (On Sale Soon!)

Merrymeeting Bay Cruise (3 hours)

Select Sundays, 3:30 pm, through October 1
Adults, $53; 6 – 17 years, $30; under 6, $6
Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

The namesake of our cruise boat, Merrymeeting Bay is a unique confluence of six Maine rivers, all converging to form a truly rare ecosystem. Pass through the swirling eddies of Chops Point into the serenity of the bay, one of the best places in the state to view bald eagles and waterfowl.

Mini Mariner’s Cruise (30 minutes)

Select Saturdays, 9 & 10 am
Adults, $10; Under 17, $5
Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

A special 30-minute cruise for our youngest sailors! These Saturday morning mini cruises depart from the Bath city dock at Linwood E. Temple Waterfront Park. See the City of Ships and Bath Iron Works from the water; cruise under the Carlton Bridge, and into the Sasanoa River, where you might spot the ospreys and eagles that live in the area. After returning to the dock, visit your favorite vendors at the Bath Farmer’s Market or do a little shopping downtown. This cruise is generously supported by Island Treasure Toys!

Windjammer Days Cruise (6 hours)

June 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
A unique opportunity to be at sea right in the middle of Maine’s famous fleet of Windjammers! Cruise to Boothbay Harbor aboard the museum’s cruise boat Merrymeeting, explore the town, and then re-board for a close-up look at Maine’s Windjammer Fleet! Thanks to Browne Trading for their support!

Fireworks Cruise (2 hours)

July 4, 8 – 10 pm
Cruise along the Kennebec River’s Long Reach and see Doubling Point Lighthouse, the historic Percy & Small Shipyard, and Bath’s colorful waterfront. Enjoy your favorite beverage and spectacular on-the-river views of the annual Heritage Days fireworks! Thanks to Stone Cove Catering for their support!

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