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Behind the Scenes - Lobster Pound
hrs Estimate Duration
Hear an insider elaborate on the lobster industry & learn even more at a working lobster pound, where you will enjoy a lobster roll lunch.
After departing from the pier, you walk a few blocks and be brought back in time to the exclusive world of the Gilded Age as your guide shares tales of a bygone era, when America's wealthiest families made Bar Harbor their summer playground.
Besides hearing about the Gilded Age, you will learn about another Bar Harbor staple—the lobster industry. A veteran lobsterman will explain in fascinating detail the lifecycle of lobsters, how the crustaceans are caught, and the steps in their short journey from the bottom of the sea to your dinner plate. Maine provides more than half of America’s lobsters and many of them are harvested off Bar Harbor.
You will next drive to Southwest Harbor, another picturesque town on Mount Desert Island, where you will discover even more about these tasty crustaceans at Beal’s Lobster Pier. This family-owned lobster operation—known as a pound—has been in business since 1932.
While touring the Beal’s facility, you may see the lobsters being unloaded from the boats and delve even deeper into the world of lobstering. Still, there is no better way to understand the appeal than by biting into a freshly made lobster roll, which you will be served for lunch.
Need to Know:
Note: Walking is at guests discretion at the photo stop. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests may stay in town to explore on their own. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
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