Riding the Mailboat with Casco Bay Lines Terminal
Fare: $13 adults, $6.50 kids
In Maine, where many islands have year-round residents, there’s a good chance the mailman drives a boat. Some services have even made a nifty business of taking tourists along for the often scenic ride around rocky coves, and past charming island homes. The cluster of six islands off of the Portland Peninsula in Casco Bay has the longest-operating freight service of its kind in the country; Casco Bay Lines sells tickets for its three-hour roundtrip mail-run, which makes stops at Peak’s, Great Diamond, Little Diamond, Long, Chebeague, and Cliff islands. And don’t worry: Passengers will be expected to concentrate on the scenery, not help with heavy packages.