Things To Do In Maine
Maine has some of the most beautiful places in America, including long, wide beaches with soft white sand and historic small towns, among others. There's plenty to do and lots of places to see in Maine. Planning a trip there needs a bit of time in advance in order to make the most of your tour.
There are many fine restaurants and eateries and lots of fun outdoor activities to do on your Maine trip. The following are some of the must-do things in Maine.
Explore Maine Islands
No place in America can boast of as many Islands as Maine. There are more than 4600 Islands off the coast of Maine, according to the State's Planning Office for Coastal Maine. A couple of Islands are inhabited but the majority are not. However, most people agree that they are splendid places to see.
Of course, a boat ride is, in most cases, the best means by which to get to most of these Islands. However, there's the Casco Bay ferry in Portland that's usually timely and direct. But there's also the Portland Schooner if you want a longer trip with lots of views to enjoy on the meandering route.
There are roughly 150 Islands connected by the Maine Island Trail, a waterway along the coast of Maine that stretches 350 miles long. You can tour the mainland sites on a day visit or go camping overnight.
Undoubtedly, sailing in Maine is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with plenty of beautiful oceanic views to see, dozens of Islands to tour, sandy beaches to walk, and plentiful wildlife. In addition, there are a couple of notable vessels that will make your sailing trip a truly unique experience.
However, you'd firstly have to decide on the type of vessel that you'd like to sail on. Normally, the choice is between a schooner and a windjammer.
If you want to explore a bit of history on your sail, the Portland schooner offers just that with its two vintage schooners. It offers great views of the Casco Bay as you sail past some amazing Islands and local lobster boats. Book your sail early with the Portland Schooner company to enjoy an amazing sail in Maine.
Eat A Lobster Or Catch One
The cold, pristine waters of the Maine coast provide an ideal habitat for lobsters. Unsurprisingly, there are over six thousand lobsterman in Maine with the majority working in small coastal communities, a number of them for generations.
There are several lobsterman with a tour instructor that will show you how to catch a lobster. When you catch one, you can enjoy it after your ride.
Lobster is big business in Maine and it is a major contributor to the economy of the state. Many locals earn a livelihood from harvesting lobsters and this fishing industry is what has made many coastal communities in Maine thrive and become known for what they are today.
Besides catching and eating lobster, there's a lot to learn about lobsters, their history and biology, among other things, so make sure you catch up on all that enlightening information.
Go Mountain Climbing on Katahdin
You probably already know that Mt. Katahdin is the highest peak in Maine but what you may not know is that 'Katahdin' actually means 'Greatest Mountain', a name baptized by the Penobscot Indians. The steep, tall peak is the linchpin of Baxter State Park, with a lot of flora and fauna.
The Mountain was known to Native Americans that lived in the region as well as to Europeans, at least from the year 1689.
The Mountain peak has inspired many paintings, hikes, and climbs over the years. Katahdin is the first place in the American mainland to receive morning sunlight during the summer solstice as well as autumnal and vernal equinoxes.
Take a hike along the famous Knife Edge for some exhilarating hiking experience.
Indulge Some Whoopee Pies
No trip to Maine can be complete without a taste of the much loved whoopee pies, one of the most adored comfort foods in Maine. You may be surprised by the generous portions of a whoopee pie, but that's because in Maine, these delicious treats are considered more like a cake than a mere pie. In fact, the pies are so generously sized that you will need to share a pie with someone. You'll also realize that a glass of milk is almost a must when indulging these pies.
A whoopee pie is basically a sandwich comprising two cookies with a white creamy filling.
You can shop anywhere but there are a few things you can only get in Maine, that is Maine made items.
From wine, crafts, and apparel to art, souvenirs, and Maine chocolate, the list of Maine products you can buy is endless. And for food, there are lots of farmers markets to visit to enjoy the true flavor of Maine.
In addition to ice skating, there are many great skate parks in Maine. Of course, get the right skate gear from the numerous skate shops and go out there and have some great time skating.
Take a Tour of The North Maine Woods
North Maine Woods is a region in North-western main comprising more than 3.5 million acres of forest land. The area spans four counties including northern Somerset, Aroostook, Piscataquis, and Penobscot. The woods are home to beavers, moose, coyotes, black bears, white-tailed deer, and ruffed grouse. Truthfully, the North Maine woods are not a top tourist destination but all the same, they're worth a visit.
Feed A Moose
Finally, don't leave Maine before you've fed the State's official animal, the moose. Unsurprisingly, moose watching is a popular pastime in Maine especially in May, June, September, October, and December.
If you're travelling by car, take note of the safety measures for travelers. A collision between a moose and a car is a common occurrence in Maine, so ensure that you read and stick to safety measures prior to your trip.