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101 Things to Do in Maine

101 Things to Do in Maine

Maine has long been an American vacation hotspot. Whether you love the cobblestone streets and brick buildings left from Maine’s colonial past or if you want to get back to nature rafting, hiking, or sailing, or if you want to go on a foodie road trip, there’s something in the Pine Tree State for you.

Visit charming small towns like Bar Harbour and Lewiston. Engage all your senses on a mountainside hike with the blazing fall foliage. Road trip along the Maine ale trail. Get out on the water and gorge yourself with fresher than fresh seafood. Glide on skis through a snow-covered pine forest. Maine really has it all.

No matter if you prefer the popular or the off-the-beaten-path, you can plan an amazing vacation in Maine. To help you along, I’ve pulled together a list, in no particular order, to get you started on your own Maine bucket list.

  1. Visit the Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor
  2. Have a lobster roll or ten at Red’s Eats
  3. Smell the roses at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
  4. Make friends with a goat at the Fryeburg Fair
  5. Camp on Hermit Island
  6. Watch a sunset on Sebago Lake
  7. Take a class at Stonewall Kitchen’s Cooking School
  8. Go cross country skiing at Pineland Farms
  9. Find Steamer the Clam at the Yarmouth Clam Festival
  10. Go treasure hunting at the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth
  11. See a flick at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In Theatre
  12. Take a tour of Victoria Mansion
  13. Discover Picasso and Monet at the Portland Museum of Art
  14. Paddle down the Saco River
  15. Sample a classic Maine red hot dog at Simone’s in Lewiston
  16. Or get an adrenaline rush with Northeast Whitewater
  17. Enjoy the summer beach life at Old Orchard Beach
  18. Check out the final stop on the Appalachian Trail
  19. Go skydiving in Millinocket with Jump and Raft
  20. Discover why locals call these woods “Hobbitland
  21. Get up in the air at a hot air balloon festival
  22. Take in a Sea Dogs game in Portland
  23. Play for big bucks at the Penobscot High Stakes BINGO
  24. Hike up Sugarloaf
  25. Take a tour of Stephen King’s Maine
  26. Go fat biking at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Centre
  27. Go lighthouse hunting
  28. Have a ski vacation at Sunday River
  29. Catch a movie at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor
  30. Hop on the Maine Brew Bus for a hoppy adventure
  31. Hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain
  32. See the fall foliage at Acadia National Park
  33. Play 18 holes of disc golf in Augusta
  34. Spend a night in a treehouse in Georgetown
  35. Enjoy some Maine themed mini golf at Steamboat Landing
  36. Enjoy a humpback show with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.
  37. Visit the Maine Antique Toy & Art Museum in Waldoboro
  38.  Get your derby on at Happy Wheels roller skating centre in Portland
  39. Go off the beaten path at the International Cryptozoology Museum
  40. Get a unique souvenir at the Maine State Prison Showroom
  41. Experience harness track racing at Scarborough Downs
  42. Play the links at one of America’s best public golf courses at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club
  43. Get a selfie with the giant Bean boot in Freeport
  44. Take home a bag made from recycled Maine sails
  45. Test your mettle at the U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden
  46. Relive your best summer camp at Medomak Family Camp
  47. Go apple picking in the fall
  48. Visit a Christmas tree farm
  49. Get your drink on at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge
  50. Visit a sugarhouse during Maine Maple Sunday on the 4th Sunday in March
  51. Enjoy a trucker’s breakfast at Dysart’s in Hermon
  52. Enjoy an ice-cold Moxie
  53. Get your dose of culture during Bangor’s First Friday Art Walks
  54. Go really off the beaten path at the Umbrella Cover Museum in Peaks Island
  55. Gawk at the houses on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport
  56. See a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse, one of the last Summer Stock theatres
  57. Visit Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse
  58. Poke around at the antique cars on display at the Owls Head Transportation Museum
  59. Marvel at the stained glass windows of Saint Ann’s Church in Kennebunkport
  60. Learn some history at the Fort Knox State Historic Site
  61. Honk while crossing the Babbs Covered Bridge in Windham
  62. Channel your inner Violet Beauregarde at Wild Blueberry Land in Columbia Falls
  63. Meet Eartha, the world’s largest revolving and rotating globe in Yarmouth
  64. Discover the reverse-oasis of the Desert of Maine in Freeport
  65. Do a little urban exploring at Battery Steele
  66. Take in the folksy charm of Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies in Deer Isle
  67. Visit the most unique McDonald’s in the US located in a 1850s home in Freeport
  68. Visit one terminus of Route 1, the longest north-south highway in the US
  69. Get the blues at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
  70. Wonder at the detail of the Maine Central Model Railroad in Jonesport
  71. Visit Lenny the chocolate moose in Scarborough
  72. Stop into the Weary Club in Norway for a game of cribbage
  73. Have a pint at Finn’s in Ellsworth and discover its hidden dining car
  74. Visit the easternmost point in Maine at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
  75. Indulge in a Cabbage Island Clambake
  76. Learn about lobster fishing onboard Lulu
  77. Go on a puffin watching tour
  78. Photograph wild lupins
  79. Discover the year-round ice caves in Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area
  80. Try your hand at ice fishing
  81. Visit the last active Shaker community in the world
  82. Pick up the most unique souvenir made from Maine moose poop
  83. Marvel at the engineering of the historic Bailey Island Bridge in Harpswell
  84. Pan for gold in the Swift River
  85. Meet the Duck of Justice in Bangor
  86. Forage for fiddleheads
  87. Celebrate Maine’s official state treat at the Whoopie Pie Festival
  88. Connect with Wabanaki culture at the Abbe Museum
  89. Learn about Maine’s logging history at Leonard’s Mills
  90. Wonder at the reversing rapids at Pembroke Falls
  91. Hit up the outlet stores in Freeport
  92. Watch the sunrise at the easternmost point in the United States
  93. Go for a sail on a windjammer
  94. Zip around downtown Portland on a Segway
  95. Go for a Night Glow bike ride on Peaks Island
  96. Indulge in a potato donut at Holy Donut in Portland
  97. Say hello to the cows at Toots Ice Cream in North Yarmouth
  98. Spend a Day at Bowdoin College
  99. Walk the Marginal Way in Ogunquit
  100. Go back in time at Old Fort Western
  101. Discover the Grand Canyon of the East: Gulf Hagas

What’s on the top of your Maine bucket list?

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