If you've seen Fort Gorges from the mainland in Portland you've probably wondered what it looks like up close. Sure, you can search for photos on Instagram, but nothing beats stepping onto the rocky island and seeing the fort in person. Portland Paddle offers sea kayak tours so you can venture out to the former military fort and explore the 1800's architecture.

Portland Paddle says, "Fort Gorges, a Civil War-era granite fort surrounded by water, is one of the most fascinating spots in Casco Bay, and it's only accessible by small boat. This three-hour trip is the best way to combine the experience of sea kayaking on the Maine coast with exploring one of the region's most interesting historic landmarks."