Maine Things to Do

  • View of the harbor at Kennebunk river
    View of the harbor at Kennebunk river
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    Custom House built 1875
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  • View from the top of Cadillac Mountain
    View from the top of Cadillac Mountain
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Maine Things to Do

  • Lighthouses of Portland & the Area

    Portland Things to Do

    Situated in Cape Elizabeth, Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It is a stunning setting and the surrounding Fort Williams Park is also picturesque. There are no parking charges and you can walk around the exterior of the lighthouse for free. There is a small but very interesting museum that harts the history of the lighthouse...

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  • Paul Bunyan

    Bangor Things to Do

    The legendary Paul Bunyan is reputed to be from this area. In his honor, the good people of Bangor have a massive tribute to him right in front of Bangor Auditorium. He was a gift to the city on it's 125th anniversary in 1959. He stands 31 feet high and weighs 3,700 pounds. Axe in hand, he smiles down at traffic passing by on it's way into downtown...

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  • Rockland Breakwater

    Rockland Things to Do

    I have visited several lighthouses but find this has a most unique approach. It is a part of a city park and to get to the lighthouse you have to walk out almost a mile on a breakwater made of large pieces of granite. It was built in the 1800's using almost 700,000 tons of granite. The surface is smooth enough to make it an easy walk.

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  • Mount Katahdin

    Maine Things to Do

    Baxter State Park is an example of how big the United States is. This would be a National Park anywhere else, it is such a huge tract of utter wilderness (over 200,000 acres) with only a few logging roads criss-crossing the northern extremities. The southern end of the park does have a park road and it is here that most visitors come to camp and do...

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  • Eastern Promenade

    Portland Things to Do

    The Eastern Prom is a large grassy park that slopes down to Casco Bay. The views from up here are some of the nicest in the area!! It's a great place for a picnic, to sit with a book, toss a frisbe, of just watch the ferry boats come and go. At the bottom of the hill is a smal city beach. At high tide it's quite small but mid or low tide makes for...

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  • Longfellow House

    Portland Things to Do

    The home is open May-Ocotber from 10-5 Mon-sat and 12-5 on Sunday. The home was built in 1785 and restored in 1850's. The Maine Historical Society is attached to the home and part of the tour. Tickets on line provides a 2 for 1 price deal.

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  • Portland Museum of Art

    Portland Things to Do

    Worth spending an hour or two here. There is an eclectic mix of work and the paintings are well displayed. I was advised to start on the fourth flor and work my way down. I did as advised although I did not spend that much time on the fourth floor as this is art work connected with the American Civil War. I was really impressed with the exhibition...

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  • Portland City Hall

    Portland Things to Do

    Merrill Auditorium is the historic auditorium at Portland City Hall. It's home to the Portland Symphony Orchestra and PCA Great Performances. The performance schedule is a little light in the summer months - with the exception of the amazing PORTopera company - but there's plenty to choose from the rest of the year.

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  • Great Sightseeing....

    Acadia National Park, a amazing place to be.So much to see and do... hiking all over the nice places.And relaxing in Bar Harbor over a great meal or shop in the little shops!

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  • Nature Cruise, Full of Surprise

    I took many harbor cruises in different cities and this one is the best. The 2 hours fully narrated cruise is full of surprise and very vivid. It leaves from Bar Harbor, Maine in search of eagles, porpoises, seals, and other interesting marine mammals and birds. It also feature views of timeless mansions, Egg Rock lighthouse in Frenchman Bay.What...

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  • Acadia National Park

    Set on Mt Desert Island in Northern Maine, this national park is known for its wildlife both marine and other.

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  • Bar Harbor

    This maritime city is the Gateway to northern Maine. its known for its lobster's and also Puffin sightings.

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  • Maine Maritime Museum

    This museum of Maine Maritime history is a nice stop off to and from Portland to the destinations north..

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  • VISIT ELLSWORTH MAINE

    September 6 & 7, 2012As we had already visited Bar Harbor during our Road Trip East in 2007, we decided to visit and stay in ELLSWORTH. When we arrived, we first looked for a Motel to stay the night and after we found one, we wanted to check out downtown Ellsworth. The city has many historic buildings and points of interest such as the Grand...

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  • VISIT FARMINGTON MAINE

    Thursday, September 6, 2012Travelling east on US Route 2, we came to Farmington area and saw the coolest thing - ALPACAS!It was an Alpaca Farm JUSTA ALPACA FARM which is owned by Fulton Butler and Brenda Simoneau. Of course we just had to stop and see them. Fulton came out and introduced us to his "boys" (Butch, Bandit, Rebel and Ricky) as the...

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  • VISIT RUMFORD MAINE

    Thursday, September 6, 2012Located in Oxford County Maine, RUMFORD is a town in the Foothills of the White Mountains. It has an important paper industry and is home to the Black Mountain Ski Resort.We stopped in Rumford during our East Coast Road Trip. There was the Rumford Information Center which was interesting as it had waterfalls behind it and...

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  • The Desert of Maine

    Who knew that there was a desert in Maine? After checking out the outlets around Freeport, ME you can check out a real desert. More info at-http://michaelwtravels.blogspot.com/2011/10/desert-of-maine-freeport-me.html

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  • Acadia National Park

    Budget a full day to visit it unless you want also to take hiking trails and swim. In the latter case, you can even budget a week. Acadia NP strechtes on various islands connected through bridges. There is a main loop, on the eastern island, which takes you to the nicest view points but I would suggest to drive also the less beaten loops. Just...

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  • ...or shopping tip? Visit L.L.Bean

    Leon Leonwood Bean, born in 1872, was a great outdoor activieties fan. In the beginning of 1900 he developed a new type of outdoor boots and patented them. Consequently, he founded his first store, in 1912. Now L.L.Bean is a 2 billion USD sales company and its main store is in Freeport. Actually I did not want to go there as I expected a huge...

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  • Nubble Lighthouse

    Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as Nubble Light can be seen from many spots along the coast in York, Maine. The best view is from Sohier Park which offers an unobstructed view with perfect photo opportunities.You can sit on a bench and watch the waves crashing on the rocks, the seagulls coasting overhead and the occaisonal scuba diving group....

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  • Don't skip Portland...a city but so much...

    Portland is the largest city in Maine, on the southern end of the state. It may be a city but don't let that keep you away.Probably my most favorite small city in the United States....it is built on a slight hill that goes down to the waterfront with a shipping and fishing industry that keeps it alive and well. The city is full of life with great...

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  • Climbing at Baxter State Park

    Baxter State Park is an example of how big the United States is. This would be a National Park anywhere else, it is such a huge tract of utter wilderness (over 200,000 acres) with only a few logging roads criss-crossing the northern extremities. The southern end of the park does have a park road and it is here that most visitors come to camp and do...

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  • Listen to the CD on the Acadia Park Loop

    Driving the 27 mile Acadia Park Loop is a must do in Maine. The park entrance fee was $10 in October 2010. There are multiple look-out points and there are some great historical facts to be learned. Our hotel (Primrose Inn in Bar harbor) gave us a CD to play in the car as we drove the 27 mile route. This was ideal as we could start and stop the CD...

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  • Getting THAT shot of Bass Harbor...

    Bass Harbor Head Light is the iconic image of the Maine coast. It is worth making the effort to see it and everyone says climb down on to the rocks for a good photo. At the lighthouse (which is well sign posted at Bass Harbor) take the footpath beyond the lighthouse - steps will take you down to the rocks for an ok photo angle. Don’t expect to get...

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  • Cross the causeway to Bar Harbor island

    You can cross the causeway from Bar harbor to the island from 2hrs before to 2 hrs after low tide. If you stay at the Primrose Inn, they'll tell you the tide times ! Over on the island, follow the marker cairns to guide you on an easy climb to the summit and a wonderful look-out over the harbor. From Bar Harbor to the summit and back is about 1.4...

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  • Portland

    We visited Portland in the winter time during our ski trip for Christmas. Portland looks like a nice smaller city, but a lot of things at the shore where shut down for the season. It looks like there might be a lot of tourists during the summer . We loved all the little shops and restaurants in the downtown area of the Old Port. If you drive across...

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  • Nubble Lighthouse

    Nubble Lighthouse is located in southern Maine, at Cape Neddick, and it is the most beautiful lighthouse I saw on this trip. The grounds are not open to the public but you have an excellent view from the parking (see directions below).The station was established in 1879. The lighthouse that was built in that year is originally preserved, only that...

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  • Ogunquit

    Ogunquit (pop. 1,200) is a small town in southern Maine, famous for its 3-mile-long sand beach that affords swimmers the choice of chilly surf or warm back-cove waters. Its name means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Algonquin Indians - and deservedly so.Initially we only planned to drive through the district Perkins Cove down by...

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  • Fortress in Casco Bay

    While doing the Casco Bay cruise you'll see a hexagonal shaped fortress. This is Fort Gorges, built in 1857 to protect the entrance of Portland Harbor. It is similar in size and construction to Fort Sumter, but is built of granite instead of brick. Modern explosives made the fort obsolete by the time it was completed. A modernization plan was begun...

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  • Casco Bay Island Hopping

    Casco Bay is a great destination for island hopping. 359 or the 365 islands in the bay are not inhabited. The ferries take you to the largest of the islands: Peaks Island, Little Diamond Island, Great Diamond Island, Long Island, Chebeague Island, and Cliff Island. From there you could rent a small boat and go to one of those other islands on your...

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  • Portland

    Portland is Maine's largest city (pop. 64,000), port and commercial centre. We only passed through on the way to catch a ferry to the islands, thus didn't see much of the city. However, what we saw was very appealing. The location on a ridge of hills along a peninsula at Casco Bay is beautiful. We saw a lot of old redbrick houses, restored to...

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  • things to see and do

    From Harpswell go north to Bath, ME. there you will find the "Maine Merritime Musuem" and lots of shops. Go a little farther north and spend a day in "Booth Bay Harbor" take a Whale watching or fishing trip and moore shops or the play house. "Reds" take out is on the way named worlds best Lobster roll. There are also a lot of State parks and...

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  • Mount Abrahm

    This ski area was very near our rental cabin, and very nice actually. It is sort of small, but the slopes are nice ( I liked one of the blacks "Boris" something, right down the middle the most, plus one blue that went around the outside ). Much more economical and less crowded than the larger ski areas, and at least while we were there, the snow...

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  • Skiing at Sunday River

    We finally made it to Maine in the winter time! Spent Christmas near Bethel, Maine. We went skiing and snowboarding at Sunday River several times. This place is huge!! The slopes were nice, but very icy on the top. Couldn't ski Christmas day because most of the lifts were shut down because of the 50 mph wind. But, the area is very nice and not very...

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  • Check out the Covered Bridges

    The Sunday River Bridge in Newry, Maine is commonly called the Artist's Covered Bridge because it's painted and photographedso often. It was built in 1872 and closed to traffic in 1958. That's my friend, Lynn, in front of it.The bridges were covered to protect the bridge from rotting because of rain and snow. See the link below for more information...

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  • Go south! :)

    Hi! Actually, if you really want to see Maine, you should drive south of Bar Harbour. There is really NOTHING to see north of Bar Harbour. You won't even be able to see the ocean from the road. The road goes straight in New Brunswick, Canada.... and even there, it is not worth visiting! It is the boring part of Canada... If you drive south, I...

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  • MAINE - A WONDERFUL STATE TO EXPLORE

    Hello Mike and family: My husband and I went to Maine last September and absolutely fell in love with it. We got as far as Bar Harbor, the "Gate to Acadia National Park". We followed Highway number one from Kittery, in the most southern part of Maine and followed it all along the Atlantic Coast, passing through Kennebunkport, Orchard Beach (the...

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  • Definately go to Popum Beach!

    My cousins were our tour guides, and Rachel said this was her favorite place on earth. Now I know why!

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  • Free Shuttle buses best way to see...

    At the dock in Bar Harbor I found out, from a tourism rep, that during the summer there are free shuttle buses that drive throughout Acadia National Park. They stop at campgrounds, Bar Harbor, and many (all?) of the main trail heads. From Bar Harbor, there are several loops to choose from of varying lengths of driving time. We ended up taking the...

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  • Metro bus Tour Great way for Portland...

    I don't remember exactly what it was called, but at the end of the cruise ship dock there are local city buses available. They make a loop around town, driving by all the main spots downtown. For the 5$ it costs to get the ticket, you can get on and off as many times as you want to for the day. The advice we had from the first driver was great -...

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  • Bangor

    Bangor is a nice medium size town, we spent the night in on the way to Baxter State Park and stopped in also on the way back from Canada. It is kind of in the middle of all the "touristy stuff" in Maine. We went looking for Stephen King's house...but didn't find it. My daughter thinks she saw it, but I don't think that was it. We did find the large...

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  • Cadillac Mountain

    Cadillac Mountain is the highest mountain on Mount Desert Island. Only a little over 1000 feet, but you have a great view in all directions from the top, if the weather is nice. We went up one day, and it was so windy, I felt like I was in a hurricane. Plus it was so cloudy you couldn't see a thing. We went up again the next day and it was sunny...

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  • Bar Harbor

    Bar Harbor is a nice little tourist town right next to Acadia National Park with lots of arts and crafts stores, restaurants, souvenir shops and cute houses.At low tide, if you go down Bridge street, just up a little way from the boat docks, you can walk across the ocean floor to an island. We did, so did a larger number of others, including people...

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  • Acadia National Park

    Acadia National park is part of Mount Desert Island and has some really great hiking trails, some up the not very high "mountains" , some along the coast. All are very scenic. We visited "Sand Beach" which looked nice, but there is no way any of us would go swimming in the 56 degree water !!! Some people did, brrr!!! I only stuck my toes in it....

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    We saw several moose, including this one at Baxter State Park, early in the morning at Stump pond, right where the Park Ranger told us there were usually moose....Moose come out most of the time early in the morning and right before it gets dark. We saw many right on the side of the road especially in Canada while driving late. So the " moose...

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