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A Ride On The River Tripper and you experience

Maine, “The Way Life Should Be”

Come explore the exquisite beauty of the tranquil Damariscotta River on the 50-foot River Tripper! We offer daily scheduled boat tours, and special sailings for regional festivals and private charters. Just two minutes from Route 1, in midcoast Maine,  by ‘the bridge’ in Damariscotta. 

Fog is rare, and waves are rarer!
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    Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tour  (1 FREE oyster)

     2 Hours Approx.

    This tour takes in the river’s wildlife and history, and its new role in oyster farming.  You’ll see harbor seals in action or basking on the ledges, while oyster farmers raise very tasty oysters.

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    Seals give birth to their pups just as the springtime migration of alewives introduces an abundance of food to the tidal river in May. During this time, it’s not uncommon to witness chubby pups nursing. As the summer and fall progress, young seals play, learn to fish, and soak up the sun. Learn about the fascinating art of oyster farming from larvae to your table. Very tasty! All seals (and oyster farmers) are curious and photogenic, regardless of their age! Bring your family, friends, and your questions about these charismatic mammals, to Captain Chip and Olga!

    Native Indians and early settlers of the Maine coast once feasted upon wild oysters from the Damariscotta River estuary, leaving enormous shell heaps along the banks. Today farmers grow tens of millions of oysters in the river. You can sample the famous shellfish on this tour raised by many local oyster farms. The 2 hour circuit will take us about halfway down the river. Bring your camera to catch seals sunbathing on the rocks, ospreys on the nests they build on navigation buoys, eagles and migrating birds fishing above coves, timeless mansions, and the working waterfront of clam diggers, lobstermen and oyster farmers. Partially narrated. Educational and fun for the whole family! Chip & Olga are happy to answer any questions they can.


    Adult tickets: $30

    Children (under 12): $15

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    Happy Hour
    Cruise daily
      (1 drink+1 oyster included)

    2 Hours Approx.

    Join us aboard The River Tripper for a relaxing ride with a cocktail in hand and enjoy the life of the River unfolding in the glow of evening sunlight. Savor local oysters, appetizers and drink specials.

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    The Happy Hour tour offers breathtaking views of the Damariscotta River. Serving drink specials, snacks, appetizers and oysters from several local farms at Olga’s Boat Bar. Captain Chip will regale you with local history, natural lore, and tales of his own life on the river. You will pass by Maine’s oldest wooden-boat builder in operation, the world famous oyster farms, historic homesteads, and the magnificent wildlife — curious seals, ospreys, and bald eagles hovering over hidden coves. Chip & Olga are happy to answer any questions they can. Leave your cares (and your gadgets) behind, but bring your camera and go with the flow!


    Adult tickets: $30

    Children (under 12): $15

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    The Party Tour
    (1 drink+1 oyster included)         Live Music

    2 Hours Approx.

    A magical Maine evening, with local musicians, special drink prices, snacks, the freshest oysters, and wildlife on the stunning water. Come enjoy the Damariscotta River’s secrets with us!

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    Come enjoy Maine’s magical summer evenings on the water, with live music from local artists, and special drink prices at Olga’s Boat Bar during this magnificent scenic cruise. You will be surrounded by the beauty of rocky shores, boats of every kind, and a host of locals: seals, ospreys, herons, eagles, and our famous oyster farmers! Let’s Rock the Damariscotta River! Check the calendar and the Facebook Page for dates and bands.

    Adult tickets: $35

    Children (under 12): $20

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    Group discounts are available. Please call 888-635-4309 or email info@damariscottarivercruises.com for details.

    Advanced reservations are recommended in the summer months.