Although many regions of Maine are worth exploring year-round, there’s something special about vacationing in this northeastern state during the summer months. From beautiful state parks to gorgeous coastal views of the Atlantic to some of the freshest lobster in the world, Maine serves up an unforgettable summer every year. If you’re planning to make the most out of your Maine vacation this summer, consider adding some of these activities to your vacation itinerary.
1. Go Whale Watching…
One of the most majestic things a person could ever witness in their lifetime is a whale emerging from the water in spectacular, awe-inspiring fashion. Although you might be able to spot a whale from land with the help of binoculars, the best way to get up close and personal with nature is to go on a whale-watching cruise. Along the way, you may also spot eels, dolphins, and other exotic sea creatures. Some companies actually offer a money-back guarantee if you don’t spot any whales on your trip. Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. and Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch Cruise are two reputable companies that offer whale-watching tours.
2. …And Puffin Watching
Although it’s considered rare to find puffins in Maine, you can find a whole community of them on Easter Egg Rock. Maine Puffin will take you out on a 2.5 hour boat tour to the land of puffins for only $35 per adult and $20 per child.
3. Eat Farm-to-Table Deliciousness on an Actual Farm
What says summer like a leisurely picnic dinner on a farm in Maine? The Well at Jordan’s Farm provides a picturesque, stunning fairy tale of an evening for anyone who wants an amazing dinner in an even more amazing environment. Located in the coastal town of Cape Elizabeth, The Well offers private gazebos for patrons to have a relaxing, intimate dinner on the farm. The menu is comprised of nourishing and flavorful dishes made from organic, locally sourced ingredients like grilled chicken prepared with radishes, spinach, braised leeks, and roasted chicken reduction sauce. The Well has also designed a seriously impressive dessert menu with items like the house-made doughnut topped with macerated strawberries, rhubarb compote, and whipped cream. Make sure you order a speckled axe French-press coffee to go with your decadent summer dessert.
4. Jam out to Lively Tunes on a Music Cruise
Listen to live music and spend the evening on the water at the same time? What isn’t to love about that combination? All summer long in Portland, Maine, Casco Bay Lines provides music cruises with new artists every evening. The price of the boat ride and concert ranges from $15–20 depending on the band. Sometimes it’s an ’80s cover band, other times it’s a folk band — there’s something new every night!
5. Score Deals at an Outlet Mall
What’s a vacation without a little bit of shopping? Treat yourself to something nice at the Freeport Outlets in Freeport, Maine. You’ll find both local boutiques as well as well-known brands throughout the extensive shopping center. Browse the gorgeous quilts at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop, buy a new purse at EllieAnna Gift Shop, pick up some cooking ingredients at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, and invest in beautiful new pottery at Georgetown Pottery. This outlet mall also has plenty of clothing stores including J.Crew Factory, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, and the L.L. Bean Flagship Store.
6. Cool off at a Waterpark
A summer vacation can’t end without a day-long adventure at a waterpark. If you’re in Saco, Maine, head over to Funtown Splashtown, a particularly fun activity if you’re traveling with the whole family and have kids with you. Cool off by zipping down every gigantic waterslide in the park before enjoying the roller coasters and other carnival rides in the ride park. The waterpark is also home to a lazy river, wave pool, and small sections for the younger kids who aren’t quite tall enough for the big slides.
7. Camp Out on an Island
There are several Casco Bay islands worth exploring in Maine and at the top of the list is Little Chebeague Island. Whether you just want to hop on a ferry and explore the island for a day or you’re up for a weekend camping trip, the island welcomes all types of visitors. Not only will you be able to pitch a tent on this serene island, but you can also explore the strange, sunken-in, abandoned houses, work on your tan at the beach, and go for a jog on the pristine hiking trails.
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