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sail maineActvities in Maine

The Pine Tree State certainly lives up to its license place moniker: Vacationland. There is a plethora of things to do and places to explore in the spring, summer, fall and winter. 

Use the directory above to learn more about recreational activities and attractions to plan your vacation in Maine!

 

Summer

 

The Maine coastline is loaded with beautiful beaches from sandy stretches for miles of walking, surfing and swimming to tidal inlets with tidal pools. The kids will find plenty of fun things to do at the beach from discovering sea life like starfish in tidal pools to building sand castles. 

 

Boating in Maine is some of the best in the country with a fascinating coastline, longer than California's in fact. Maine has harbors for a weekend sailing excursion or a weeklong windjammer cruise, or for paddling about in your kayak, stand up paddleboard or canoe - or a rental from the many kayak excursion companies. For power boating, sailing, kayaking and canoeing, Maine's inland waterways, rivers and lakes offer crystal clear blue water for boating and swimming, even white water rafting trips. The summer is also a popular time for camping trips and Biking!

 

If this sounds like too much effort, take in some of Maine's culture...  summer playhouses, craft fairs and festivals to sample the way life used to be, or at least - "the way life should be" - so goes the state slogan. Take a scenic air tour in a biplane or glider to get a bird's eye view of the great State of Maine without the exercise!

Mt Battie Overlooking Atlantic OceanFall

In the fall, hiking and biking are among the best ways to see the spectacular turning of leaves. There are plenty of trails and paths for mountain biking in Maine including the Eastern Trail. Taking a bike out on a ferry to the outlying Casco Bay of Long Island and Peaks Island makes for a great day of adventure. You can even mountain bike at Maine's ski resorts with lift service at Sunday River to trails and mountain bike terrain parks. Sunday River hosts special bike events as does Shawnee Peak.

 

If you prefer road cycling, exploring the Maine coast and the Western Lakes and Mountains can be exhilarating. Generally the further inland from the coast, the hillier the terrain becomes.Baxter State Park and  Acadia National Park offer some of the world's best hikes. Katahdin is infamous, especially hiking the Knife's Edge. Katahdin is part of the Appalachian Trail that makes its way up the Eastern seaboard for a grand finale  in Maine. Cadillac Mountain and the Beehives on Mount Desert Island are legendary to summit. Also in Acadia, you will find miles of beautiful Carriage Roads, originally the concept of J.D. Rockefeller, ideal for walking and biking.

 

Hunters and fishermen love Maine for its rare, natural beauty and bounty of wildlife to be discovered and hunted. Be sure to brush up on the wildlife, fishing and hunting regulations and registrations before you go.

 


Winter

Maine becomes a snowy playground during the winterSkiing at Maine's best resorts, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf offer a great ski experience with alpine and cross country, snowboarding and tubing, on excellent natural snow, terrain parks and swift lifts with spectacular scenery. Snowmobiling is another popular winter pastime in Maine, snowmobile clubs groom hundreds of miles of paths and tr

Acadia National Parkails or you can just ride au naturale.

 

Year-Round

Mainers are lucky enough to live in this Vacationland year-round even if it's too cloudy for sunbathing at the beach or too chilly to ski the slopes. Of course we Mainers manage to find plenty of things to keep us busy regardless of the season. Trying your hand at luck in in a game of blackjack, for example. Gambling at Maine's casinos is an exciting pastime even if you're not a big spender (or a big loser). Maine is a great place for a shopping spree too. Ladies and gentlemen alike can take to our many thrift shops, outlets in Kittery or Freeport, chic boutiques, or even exercise haggling skills at an antique shop or flea market.

 

When researching activities you would like to do during your vacation, you may do well to make a list of things to do on a rainy day.

 

No matter the season, come to Maine for outdoor fun, recreation and exploration - you won't be disappointed - except perhaps that you wish you had more time to stay and play!

 

Wolfe’s Neck Farm - Freeport Casco BayWolfe’s Neck Farm l 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME

Named DownEast Magazine’s “Best Place to Picnic and Play” in 2014, the farm’s 626 acres and 4 miles of oceanfront offer an authentic Maine experience.  Located just 5 miles from L.L. Bean, this historic nonprofit saltwater farm is open free to the public every day. Visit the barnyard animals, organic demonstration gardens and nature trails.  Summertime offerings include oceanfront camping, kayak and bicycle rentals, hay wagon farm tours, ice cream & farm stands and Farm Day Camp.  Pumpkin Hayrides offered weekends in October.  184 Burnett Road, Freeport, Maine. 207-869-5433

 

 

 

 

Oxford Hotel CasinoOxford Hotel Casino - 777 Casino Way, Oxford, Maine. 207-539-6700.

Oxford Casino Hotel is Always Open, Always Fun! Experience ‘round-the-clock casino excitement on our expanded gaming floor, including nearly 1,000 slot machines and 30 table games! Our new hotel features over 100 rooms and a new pub-style restaurant offers the best in Maine and New England cuisine. If you’re looking for a gaming experience that’s uniquely Maine, you’ll find it right here, just minutes from Portland! Visit OxfordCasino.com for details. Your Maine Escape Awaits! Persons under 21 years of age may not enter the gaming area unless licensed as employees. Gambling problem? Call 2-1-1 for help.

 

 

 

 

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