There are few places that can compare to the natural beauty of the Maine coastline and summer is the perfect time to plan your visit. Not only is Maine's beauty make the trip worthwhile, but Southern Maine has a culture and personality all its own. Whether you plan to visit Maine for a day, a week, a month, or a lifetime, keep these 10 activities on your to do list!
1. Go to the beach - Maine has some truly spectacular coastline including some beautiful sand and stone beaches. Southern Maine is comprised of a rocky shoreline punctuated by smooth sand beaches. You can visit some of Southern Maine's sandy beaches in York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Biddeford/Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough.
2. Visit Maine's lighthouses - The beauty of the rocky coastline also brings many dangers to mariners. The bright lights of Maine's lighthouses guide many sailors, lobstermen, and fishermen safely into port. Many of these lighthouses can be accessed from land. Visit the Maine's Office of tourism to help plan your visit to these historical beacon's of light.
3. Take a trolley ride - Riding a trolley is one of the best ways to see these coastal towns without the hassle of driving. Trolley rides are available in York and Ogunquit, or you could visit the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport.
4. Get out on the water - Whether you are a kayaker, a sailor, a fisherman, or just up for an adventure, getting out on the water is a must. Most Southern Maine harbors offer a variety of ways to get out on the water from lobster trips, to deep sea fishing, to whale watches. Just stop by the nearest harbor, or get in touch with the local chamber of Commerce.
5. Go shopping - Southern Maine has a variety of shopping experiences from the Outlet Malls in Kittery, to shops with a small town flavor in Perkin's Cove. Farther north, The Maine Mall and the Old Port area in Portland offer many shopping experiences.
6. Go golfing - There are many golf courses, driving ranges, and mini golf courses across Southern Maine. Many of these are open to the public.
7. Explore the arts - Southern Maine boasts many art galleries and museums, including many in the Portland area. During the summer months, you can catch a show at a variety of theatres, including the Ogunquit Playhouse, the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, and the Arundel Barn Playhouse to name a few.
8. Take a walk - There are many places to take a walk in Southern Maine, and the most beautiful are along the coast. There are several parks and trails including the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, The Rachael Carson Preserve in Wells/Kennebunk, and the Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farms. Another option is to take a walk through the historic downtowns spotted throughout Southern Maine or along one of the many stretches of beach.
9. Visit an amusement park - Southern Maine hosts 3 large amusements parks. York's Wild Kingdom in York, Funtown/Spashtown USA in Saco, and Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach.
10. Eat a lobster - A trip to Maine is not complete unless you've had a lobster. Lobsters are served everywhere from fine-dining establishments to small stands in the harbor. Eating a lobster is an experience as much as a meal, so don't forget to put your bib on!