Maine July 12, 2016
14 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In Maine
While we try to bring you as many fun things to do in Maine as possible, there are still a fair few that you may not know about. From exploring historic war bunkers to learning how to get from Maine to Morocco in a sailboat, here are some of the best adventures you can have. When you post them on Facebook and your friends claim they’ve already done it – know that the only REAL way to experience these things is being in Maine.
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1. Learn to sail at Sail Maine.
Sure, there are other states with coastline which means you can probably learn to sail there, too. But, none will be as warm-hearted and comprehensive in their lessons as Sail Maine. Offering educational opportunities for both kids and adults, you'll often see the white training boats in the water near the Western Prom in Portland. In addition to these programs, they also host a number of outreach and programs. Learn more by clicking
2. The Yarmouth Clam Festival. (It's this weekend!)
This is the 51st version of this festival and just might be the best! . The annual summer carnival starts Wednesday the 13th. The rest of the festivities will start at 10 a.m. on Friday. As is tradition, Steamer the Clam raises the flag, signaling the start of the fun. After that, attendees will spend the weekend enjoying a parade, live music and tons of food and fun.
3. Camp on Hermit Island.
Hermit Island Campground might be the perfect beachfront camping spot. While not an island exactly (it's actually connected to Phippsburg via a small road,) it does feel like you're a bit off the beaten path. But, to ensure that feeling you'll probably need to avoid this place during the season. Ocean-view spaces cost about $60 for the weekend, but you can grab yourself a "value" space for about $40. The good news is that any space during the off-season is only $37.
4. Get a true sugar rush during Maine Maple Sunday.
You might have to wait a while, but this yearly event that takes place on the 4th Sunday in March is worth it! Sugarhouses across the state offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours and music.
5. Explore Acadia National Park...the easy way!
You love Acadia, but aren't in the mood for an epic hiking adventure? Try the Carriage Roads. The the John D. Rockefeller Jr carriage roads were constructed between 1913 to 1940. This system of roads and stone bridges is meant only for non-motorized traffic and are a beautiful way to experience Acadia without all the exertion of some of the more serious trails.
6. An easy, 1-mile hike in Maine's North Woods.
The wonderful (and easy!) North Woods hike will allow you to explore the state's lumbering history. Access to this short trail comes by traveling to the trailhead at either Chamberlain Lake (South) or Eagle Lake (North). Once you've found the trail, you'll wander through mixed trees (some are about 200 years old!) and pass various remnants of the antique tramway, including the power plant and trails once used to haul lumber.
Distance/Duration: Approximately 1 mile round trip, 1 (or so) hour.
7. Take part in an L.L. Bean Discovery School
From kayaking to fly fishing, L.L.Bean will teach you just about everything you need to know to be a real Mainer. Check out all the available classes
8. Explore the underground tunnels of Battery Steele.
Battery Steele is a military fort located on the oceanside area of Peaks Island in Casco Bay. The Fort was built in 1942 as part of efforts to support World War II. The Army first used the site in the early 1900s. During World War I, the Army built a searchlight shelter, a generator building and one bunker as part of the Portland Harbor Defenses. During the World War II era, the Army constructed Battery Craven, Battery Steele, a control bunker, and five observation towers at the site. Today, the area is an adventurous network of dark tunnels with graffiti and an annual performance art show.
9. Explore the inside of Maine lighthouses on Open Lighthouse Day.
While we recommend visiting lighthouses any time of year, there's one day that's a bit more special than the rest. On September 10th, 2016 Maine will host another Open Lighthouse Day. Visitors will have insider access to a variety of lighthouses across the state. This special day provides the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with over two dozen of our state's beautiful lights. Tons of people come out for this event, so be sure to plan transportation and lodging ahead of time. Learn more about specific lighthouses included by clicking
10. Chow down on Pier Fries and enjoy the rides at Palace Playland.
Old Orchard Beach is a playground for kids AND adults. Summer nights for for riding the rollercoasters and trying your hand at the latest (and old school!) arcade games. When you've worked up an appetite, dig into those world-famous pier fries you've heard so much about.
11. Celebrate lobster where it was meant to be celebrated.
I know, I know - we're really pushing the Maine Lobster Festival. But, we love it and it's coming up! If you appreciate all things lobster (as a good Mainer should), be sure to head to Rockland August 3rd to 7th to partake in all the festivities. More information
12. Jump in to Coos Canyon.
Sure, there are many places to enjoy the rushing water of a Maine waterfall. But, Coos is simple and accessible. Simply pull off of Route 17 scenic highway, and you'll find a great place to spend the day. In the summer you can wade in the waters, jump in or stay dry with a picnic in the connected park.
13. Catch your own lobster on the Lulu Lobsterboat in Bar Harbor.
If you love lobster, it's about time you learned to catch it! Take this unique two-hour boat ride aboard Captain John's traditional Downeast-style lobster boat in Bar Harbor. You'll learn all about the crustacean, including how to catch them. If you love lobster, but it comes second only to your soulmate, consider merging the two loves by having your wedding on the Lulu! For more information click
14. Make your way to the the REAL Maine adventure!
No list of Maine adventures is complete without the inclusion of Reny's. Good thing it's not actually once-in-a-lifetime. It's actually more like once-in-a-weektime.
If you love Maine adventures, we consider taking an awesome road trip. Click here for three great options – a brewery road trip, a waterfalls road trip and a lighthouse road trip!