OPEN DAILY 9:30 to 5

Experience Maine’s Iconic Lighthouses

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.

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.

Burnt Island Lighthouse Adventure (4 hours)

Select Sundays, 3:30 pm, through September 15
Adults, $70; 6 – 17 years, $40; under 6, $10
Members receive a 20% discount, register today!

Cruise the winding Sasanoa River through Hell’s Gates and Townsend Gut to Burnt Island at the head of Boothbay Harbor. Spend approximately an hour ashore exploring this historic five-acre island’s nature trails, the 1857 keeper’s house, and the still-active 1821 rubble stone light tower (open for the duration of the visit), or simply bring along a late-day lunch at the picnic tables and marvel in the beauty of the island. The return trip will pass two additional lighthouses, Cuckolds Island Light and Hendricks Head Light, weather permitting.


About Burnt Island:
The island is accessible from the dock by a ramp. Please note the ramp is not ADA compliant and, depending on the tide, it can be steep. The trail to the lighthouse is uneven with rocks and roots, and visitors should come prepared with appropriate footwear and insect repellent. Golf cart rides to the lighthouse are available if needed. On the island, there are also bathrooms and running water.

Where do the cruises go?

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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 with the exception of Burnt Island Adventure. 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.

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