ME Posted in Maine April 24, 2016 by Catherine Rees 15 Things You Really Have to do in Maine This Summer Don’t let this summer pass you by! There’s so much to see and do in Maine while the weather’s warm. Make plans to do these 15 things now. 1. Kayak or canoe on the Saco river. Carter Brown/flickr Don’t forget the sunscreen! 2. Cheer for the Sea Dogs. Doug Kerr/flickr Buy yourself (and your loved ones) some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and cheer the Sea Dogs to victory. There’s nothing like spending a summer afternoon at the ballpark. 3. Eat Lobster at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. Stefan Krasowski/flickr 2016 marks the 69th year of the festival! It runs August 3rd through the 7th. 4. Pick blueberries. Keith Carver/flickr You’ve always meant to do it...this is your year! 5. Drive up to Columbia Falls to see the world’s largest blueberry. Amanda/flickr Wild Blueberry Land is definitely a one-of-a-kind destination. Buy a warm blueberry pie or blueberry oatmeal cookie, then sit on the Wild Blueberry Land Throne for a selfie. 6. Jam at an outdoor concert. Justin Russell/flickr You’ll find plenty of concerts scheduled for this summer! For one option, check out the L.L.Bean Concert Series in Freeport. 7. Visit the Bug Light. splash/flickr Check out this adorable lighthouse off the coast of South Portland. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. 8. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens JR P/flickr Tour the botanical gardens to see tons of gorgeous flowers and plants. Keep your eyes open for the permanent sculptures scattered around the gardens, too. Located on the Boothbay peninsula. 9. Hike to Maine’s highest peak. Josh Delp/flickr If you’re ready for a challenge, hike Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak at an elevation of 5,267 feet. The climb is challenging, but the view is worth it. 10. Take a nature walk on Mackworth Island. Brian Bruchman/flickr Stroll around the island on the 1.25-mile trail; the views of Casco Bay and Portland are stunning! 11. Ride the carousel at Old Orchard Beach. PrincessGirlyGirl/flickr While you’re there, grab some Pier Fries or ice cream and take a walk along the beach. 12. Camp on Hermit Island. Matt Casagrande/flickr Make your reservations in advance - Hermit Island is one of the best camping spots in Maine. 13. Yarmouth Clam Festival Kit/flickr Visit Yarmouth for the famous annual Clam Festival. Make sure to say hello to Steamer. This year’s festival takes place July 15th through 17th. 14. Drive up Cadillac Mountain. Robyn Fleming/flickr Take the Summit Road 3.5 miles to the top. Once you’re there, this is the view you’ll enjoy! 15. See a moose at Baxter State Park. Jim Liestman/flickr Camp of hike at Baxter State Park, where you’ll likely encounter some wildlife. You might see birds, deer...even moose. What’s your favorite thing to do in Maine in the summer?