Explore the Oyster Capital of Maine with Damariscotta River Cruises!
Discover the Damariscotta River where 80 % of Maine oysters are farmed during our narrated Oyster Farms and Seal Watching Tours!
Our boat tours take in the river’s wildlife and history, and its new role in oyster farming. You’ll see harbor seals in action, bald eagles and ospreys soaring above the coves, as oyster farmers raise very tasty oysters.
The 2-hour boat rides are educational and equally entertaining, with the world famous Damariscotta River oysters served at the Bar on board. Fun for all ages!
We are open this year until mid-October. Just 1 hour North of Portland and 2 hours from Bar Harbor, in MidCoast Maine.
Ask us about Private Charter Rates! LAST CRUISE OF THE SEASON IS OCTOBER 16TH
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“Had a great trip! Saw bald eagles, ospreys, and a bunch of other birds. Captain Chp was a great source of info and humor. Olga was excellent and served drinks and fresh oysters! Be sure to look out for the oyster fishermen in their native habitat, especially in the hot summer months!” Reuben Wesley from Williamston, SC
“My husband and I really enjoyed our cruise along the river. As we started our trip out our captain began to tell us many different interesting things about the area, oyster farmers and loads of history. He also had a wonderful sense of humor that he shared with us all along the way. There was a well stocked bar and we enjoyed a sampling of three different kinds of oysters. Fresh from the different farms.” – Tmullen2014, Rochester, NY
Lazy afternoon for oyster lovers
“Nothing better than slurping up Maine oysters while cruising by the beds that they were harvested from. Gorgeous landscapes, witty narratives from the RiverTripper captain. Friendly service from the lovely first-mate. We were lucky to have a small group, and to have seen a huge eagle’s nest and the eagle flying past us. A must-do in Maine.” -FoisGrasFatty from NYC, NY
Eat Oysters, Drink Wine, and Sunset
“We signed up for this cruise to learn more about the oyster farming on the Damariscotta River and received so much more. Several rounds of delightful plump oysters. Samplings of 6-8 wines. Excellent cheese plate for the non-oyster eaters. Seals, bald eagles, and a wonderful sunset. Our captain and guide were extremely knowledgable …” – Bill Carito from Somerville, MA
“We did the oyster and sake/wine tasting cruise that they do on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve had on a boat. delicious wines and unbelievable FRESH oysters. They literally never leave the river. The whole experience is perfectly paced and the folks running it are lovely and knowledgeable (and, particularly in the case of the captain, a hoot)…” -Sam Atwood
“A lovely way to enjoy fall color!”
Very comfortable, accessible and such beautiful views! Olga was a wonderful host and full of interesting info on oyster aquaculture. To top it off we sipped wine and hot spiced cider as we enjoyed oysters fresh from the river. It made for a lovely, memorable fall afternoon.