Maine was one of our favorite places to visit on the East Coast, and we did NOT want to leave! I wanted to share our top things to do in Maine we got to see many fo these and some of these Maine attractions are on our list for next time we visit!
Top 20 Things to do in Maine – Must See Maine Attractions
Casco Bay – Hop on the island ferry and visit one of the many islands of Casco Bay. They call them calender islands because you can visit a new on almost every day for a year! There is a wide variety of things to do from museums to sightseeing tours.
Farnsworth Art Museum – This 20,000 square foot art museum holds over 15,000 works of art. They have the nationals largest collection of work from Louise Nevelson.
Victoria Mansion – This is a beautiful pre-Civil War home that you will want to see! Thy have taken the highest level of care and gone out of their way to get the right pieces to finish it. If you are visiting during the holidays, this is labeled as a must see!
Portland Head Light – One of the top things to do in Maine is take in all the lighthouses. Located in Fort Williams State Park, this is one of the most famous lighthouses and most photographed! If you can only visit one lighthouse while in Maine THIS is the one to visit.
Desert of Maine – 300 years ago a family moved her to farm the land. They didn’t know the details of over grazing and over farming like we do now, and several years later the dessert pushed its way though. Now it’s taken over the area as a natural phenomenon. Take in the museum and even go mining!
Historic Old Port, Portland Maine – This is Portlands historic waterfront district. They also say this is one of the most successfully revived warehouse districts in the country. Taking a walk along the water edge, you can take in shopping, restaurants, and great entertainment.
Coastal Main Botanical Garden – If you want to talk about AMAZING colors this is the place to check out! They do lights for Christmas and set up lots of fall decor to take in the Fall season change! Check their events calendar for things like free admission for moms on mothers day, tea and tulips and more!
Acadia National Park – This was hands down one of our favorite things to do in Maine. If you head to Maine, this is the ONE things you HAVE to see!! Take in the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain and be one of the first in the country to see the sunrise that day! Head down and do the Park Loop Road drive and take in Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond along with amazing views like the one above!
Wadsworth-Longfellow House – 4 generations of a family, lived in this house, and there is so much history here! The most famous family member being Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow.
Eartha – Located in Yarmouth Maine (just north of Portland) is the world’s largest rotating globe. This is a freebie that makes the Maine attractions list any day!
Bar Harbor Maine – This is the quite little town you picture when you see photos of Maine! It’s right on the water near Frenchmans Bay. Bar Harbor is located right outside Acadia National Park and it can get busy during the summer but it’s well worth a stop!
Old Fort Western Museum on the Kennebec River – Located in Augusta Maine, this is a 1754 historic Fort. This is New England’s oldest surviving wood fort and used during the American Revolution. This is the one Maine attraction with the most history!
Kennebunkport – This is another great small town on the coast you should check out while in Maine. Here you can visit the Portland Head Light, and as seen below Len Libby Chocolate and the Lobster Shack.
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights – OK I know this isn’t a ‘Maine attraction,’ but you can’t come to Maine and not have lobster! Featured on Man vs. Food this was on our to eat at list when we visited. It’s in an old house right on the water you can eat indoors or outdoors and the views alone are worth a stop.
Maine State Museum – I will say the fees for admission here are some of the best I’ve seen at $3 for adults and $1 for children 6-18 and under 6 is free! You can take in everything from moon rocks to Maine stat history.
Whale Watching – With companies like Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company you can head out on the water and watch the whales. Many people get amazing pictures of whales jumping out fo the water! You can also learn a lot about these amazing creatures.
Len Libby Chocolate and the Giant Chocolate Mouse – You read that right! This store has Lenny the Mouse, he is a life-size moose made completely of chocolate. He weights 1,700 pounds and has been greeting visitors since 1997! While at the store take in some of the very Maine themed item like the lobsters on the rocks! This was one of the kids favorite Maine attractions.
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site – If you are venturing all the way north to the top of Maine there is one of the few International Historic Sites you can visit on Saint Croix Island.
Go on a Moose Safari – I wanted to see a Moose while in Maine but we didn’t find one on our own and now wish we had gone on one fo these Moose Safaris!
Youngs Lobster Pound – Lobster pounds are a big thing up in Maine. They are places where you can go to eat lobster or buy a live one or a cooked one to take home. I suggest taking in any of them when you visit but Youngs Lobster comes highly recommended!
What have been your favorite things to do in Maine?
If you are in the New England area during Fall check out the New England Day Trips To See the Fall Colors that we recommend!
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