Maine has so many fun attractions, it’s no wonder Maine is nicknamed "Vacationland." Whether you like big adventure, or just beautiful sightseeing, boating, golfing, biking, skiing, or just visiting lighthouses, antique shops, museums and galleries. Maine is rich with attractions and amusements. You can see Maine’s beautiful coast, mountains and lakes by bike, a hike, kayak or boat, or by scenic plane, even on skis, snowshoes and snowmobile in the winter. Nature lovers will find Maine’s got game with plentiful Moose Safaris, bird watching, fishing and sports hunting. Of course Maine beaches are the # 1 attraction, but there is so much more to do... visit Maine farms and historical sights, Maine beer tours and wineries, museums like Portland Museum of Art, the Wyeth collection at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.
Families will find Maine has tons of fun things to do... mini-golf, petting zoos, the Maine Wildlife Farm in Gray, canoeing Scarborough Marsh, horseback riding, waterparks, York’s Wild Kingdom and Palace Playland beachfront ammusement park in Old Orchard Beach. Maine has casinos, summer theatre, Performing Arts Centers in Portland, Bangor and Brunswick, even Trolley, Car, Maritime and Lighthouse Museums, Ballparks, and Race Tracks.
Use our guide to Maine attractions below to plan your visit filled with fun, education on vacation, spectacular scenery, and adventure during your stay.
Wolfe’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 Casino l 777 Casino Way, Oxford, Maine
Come for the beauty but stay for the fun! Only in Maine can you find a 24/7 gaming experience like Oxford Casino. From our welcoming staff to 26 heart-pounding table games and over 850 state-of-the-art slots – it's all right here in the Lakes and Mountains region of our beautiful state. So when you’re looking for a good time that's uniquely Maine, look no further than Oxford Casino. It's Wicked Good Fun! Persons under 21 years of age may not enter the restaurant or casino unless licensed as employees. Gambling problem? Call 2-1-1 for help. 207-539-6700.
Attractions and Recreation in Maine
Acadia Air Tours | Scenic Airplane, Biplane and Glider Rides over Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Fly in an historic biplane over Acadia National Park, lighthouses and Bar Harbor, or choose the quiet soaring excursion of a glider ride from a mile high over spectacular Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor Airport.
Palace Playland l Maine's premier beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, beautiful carousel, Kiddieland. Gondola Ferris Wheel and Galaxy Coaster. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2001.
Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A. l Family amusement and waterpark. Home of Excalibur, Maine's only wooden roller coaster ranked one of the top ten in the world. Voted one of the cleanest parks in America and offers many rides, slides, pools, giftshops, games, arcades and eating facilities. Open weekends May and Sept. Daily starting early June. Free parking. Unlimited ride pass, slide pass or combination pass, group rates. Route 1, Saco, 207-284-5139.
Miniature Golf Courses
Pirates Cove Adventure Golf l 36 holes of championship mini golf within walking distance of the beach. 70 First St., Old Orchard Beach, 207-934-5086
Cascade Golf Range l Rt 1 Saco, 207-282-3524
Schooners Mini-Golf l 58 Ocean Park Road, Saco, 207-284-6174.
Sunset Ridge Golf Course and Sports Park l Miniature golf, plus driving range, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 207-854-9463
Lobster Boat Tours, Whale Watches, Deep Sea Fishing, Kayaking and more
Maine Kayak l Sea kayaking along Maine's rocky scenic coast. Maine Kayak offers half-day, full-day, multi-day island camping overnight, inn-to-inn, and naturalist trips in Mid-Coast Maine.
Rugosa Lobster Boat Tour l Classic New England lobster boat tour of Kennebunk River and Walker's Point, see seals, haul lobster traps, friendly Captain and crew. Departs daily from Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport. 207-967-5595
Pineapple Ketch Sailing Excursions l Beautiful sailboat tour along Kennebunkport shore. Relax and enjoy the scenery or hoist sails and take the helm. Two-hour sails depart daily from Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. 207-468-7262
Schooner Eleanor - Sail aboard a Maine built schooner from Kennebunkport. Two hour trips take you down the historic Kennebunk River to sea. Enjoy the peace and quiet of cruising under sail. Learn local maritime history, help work the sails, or just sit back, relax. Join Captain Rich Woodman aboard his traditional Gaff Rig Schooner. Daily departures from the docks of the Arundel Wharf Restaurant. 43 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport 207-967-8809
Kennebunkport Marina l Boat Slip Rentals. Boat Launch. Power Boat, Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Fishing Tackle, Bait and Supplies, Boat Repair and Service. 207-967-3411.
First Chance Whale Watch l Two trips daily in July and August (approx 4 hours each). Just South of the Kennebunkport Bridge (Rt 9) behind Mobil/Big Apple Station, Kennebunk Lower Village 04043. 207-967-5507, 1-800-767-2628.
Kylie's Chance Scenic Lobster Boat Cruise l 1 hour scenic lobster cruise, Walkers Point, lobster catches. 207-967-5507.
Chicks Marina l Kennebunkport, Boat Launch and Boat Dock Slip Rentals. Nightly and Seasonal Boat Slip Rentals. 207-967-2782
Steve Brettell l Fish for stripers in the ocean of Kennebunkport with a licensed Coast Guard Captain. 336 Guinea Road, Biddeford, 207-283-4129
Trina Lyn Fishing Charter l Private sport fishing charters within five minutes of Old Orchard Beach for up to four people. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco. 207-283-2352 and 207-284-2352
Captain John's Charters | Cruises, fishing charters, whale-watching excursions, and private charters in the areas surrounding beautiful Camp Ellis and Saco Bay. Camp Ellis, 5 Bay Ave, Saco. 508-735-6718
Rock N Reel Sport Fishing Charters l 21 Snow Road, Scarborough
Hardy Boat Cruises l Monhegan Island Ferry, Puffin Watch, Seal Watch and Lighthouse Cruise. 132 State Route 32, New Harbor, Maine. 800-278-3346
Canoe Trips l Scarborough Marsh Nature Center - Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 207-883-5100
Coastal Kayak Tours l Bar Harbor - The leading Kayak tour company in Bar Harbor. Providing half and full day tours, sunset kayak tours, even multi-day island camping trips by kayak. Registered Maine Guides provide instructions, narrative and wildlife education on your sightseeing kayak excursion. 48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, 207-288-9605
Bay View Cruises l 184 Commercial St, Portland, 207-761-0496
Casco Bay Lines l Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry service to five Casco Bay Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets, Portland, 207-774-7871
Coast Watch and Guiding Light Navigation l Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St, Portland, 207-774-6498
Lucky Catch Lobstering Experience l lobstering first hand. 170 Commercial St, Portland, 207-233-2026
Old Port Mariner Fleet Scenic Cruises, Whale Watches, Deep Sea Fishing. Long Wharf, Commercial St. Portland, 207-775-0727
Maine Island Kayak Company l 1-7 day trips. Peaks Island, 207-776-2373
Wild Life Refuge, State Parks, Nature Walks
Ferry Beach State Park l 117 acres of beach and nature trails. Lodging and Camping available at nearby Ferry Beach Assoc.
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center l Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Guided and self guided canoe tours. Abundant shorebird sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 207-883-5100.
Gilsland Farm l Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. North of Portland in Falmouth off Route 1. 207-781-2330.
Maine Wildlife Park l Moose, Bear, Deer, Cougars, Eagles and more. Nature Trail and Displays. Rt 26, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, 207-657-4977
Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm l 1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year round. 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 207-646-1555.
Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve l Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 207-646-1555.
Marginal Way l Scenic Walk - Ogunquit one-mile path along coast. Ends in Perkins Cove.
Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park l Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth.
Portland Head Light l Maine's oldest lighthouse. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791. Adjacent to Fort Williams Park. Large grounds with picnic facilities and museum on the premises. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 207-799-2661.
Indoor and Outdoor Recreation
Horseback Riding, Bowling and more
Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center l 40 Km of groomed X-C trails and Snowshoeing. Rentals and lunch available, ice skating pond, and shop. Maple sugaring in March. 30 minutes from Old Orchard Beach just off Rt. 35. 252 Buzzell Rd Dayton, 207-499-2678
Happy Wheels Skate Center l Roller Skating Rink, Portland, 207-797-8207
Kennebunkport Bicycle Co. | 34 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport Maine. 207-385-4382
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad l Ride along Portland's waterfront in an historic narrow gauge. Fun for all ages. 58 Fore Street, Portland. 207-828-0814. Directions Route 1N to I-295N to: Take Port Waterfront Exit. Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street. Train is near end of street before it curves away from the water (after DiMillos Restaurant).
Mainely Tours l Daily excursions in Portland! Enjoy a fully narrated city tour (with a stop at The Lighthouse!), a 90-minute harbor cruise, plus shopping in the Old Port. 207-774-0808.
Romanza Salon Day Spa and Wellness Center l Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 207-883-8338
Smiling Hill Farm l X-country skiing/snowshoeing. Homemade ice cream. Westbrook, 207-775-4818
Twentieth Century Lanes and Sports Bar l Biddeford, 207-284-0980
Vacationland Bowling and Recreation Center l Rt 1 Saco, 207-284-7386
Oxford Casino | Oxford offers 24/7 non-stop action, including state of the art slot machines and classic favorites like Texas hold em, roulette, and blackjack. Located just off Route 26 at 777 Casino Way, Oxford, Maine. 207-539-6700
Kittery Outlets l Just 50 minutes south of Old Orchard Beach. Over 120 outlets and the Kittery Trading Post with savings of 20-70% daily. This shopping mecca is often referred to as America's Maine Street for Outlet Shopping. 1-888-KITTERY. Directions Route 5 to I-195 to I-95S. Pay turnpike toll booth in York and Option 1) Take exit 2 By Pass (Kittery/S.Berwick). Bear right off exit and stay in left lane following signs for Kittery. When you get to traffic circle go around and take right onto Route 1N. Bear right onto Route 1N following signs for Coastal Route to outlets. Option 2) Immediately after paying toll, take exit 7 (Yorks/Berwick). Take left off exit and go to traffic light. Take right on to route 1S. Follow route 1S for 4.5 miles.
L.L. Bean l World famous outdoor clothier, open 24 hours, 365 days per year in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 207-865-1212. Freeport Outlet Directions Route 1N to I-295N which turns into I-95N. Take exit 20 or 22 (Downtown Freeport) and follow signs.
The Maine Mall l Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 207-774-0303. Directions Get on Route 1N to I-295N to Maine Mall Road exit or Route 1N to traffic light at Route 98/1N intersection. Take left at 2nd set of Lights (Payne Road). Five miles to Maine Mall.
The Old Port l Portland's Historic District offers over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28 galleries, and numerous pubs. All located in a charming five block area lined with cobblestone streets on Portlands historic waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland. 207-772-6828. Directions Route 1N to I-295N to: Option 1: Take Exit 4 (Port Waterfront Exit). Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street into Old Port. Option 2: Take Exit 7(Franklin Arterial). Go to your 4th set of traffic lights. Take right onto Congress Street. Take 3rd left (Exchange Street).
Saco Valley Shopping Center l 12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Just off Route 1, Saco.
Antique Shops and Auctions l All along Rt 1 in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York and Kittery.
Live Bands and Karaoke l Pier Patio Pub, Village Inn Restaurant and Brew Pub, PICS Pizza and Surf 6.
Fireworks Display by the Old Orchard Beach Pier Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June-Labor Day.
Weekly Concerts in Town Square Free Shows by the Pier in Old Orchard Beach every Mon and Tues night at 7pm in season.
Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater l Outdoor amphitheater featuring live entertainment throughout the summer for the entire family. Church Street, P.O. Box 285, Old Orchard Beach, 207-934-2024
Comedy Connection l Americas top professional stand-up comedians. 6 Custom House Wharf, In the Old Port. Portland, 207-774-5554
Southworth Planetarium l Shows for children and adults including laser concerts. Off I-295 Forest Ave. North to 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maines Science Building. Portland, 207-780-4249
Portland Symphony Orchestra l Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-773-8191
Portland Concert Association l Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, and more. 800-639-2707
Portland Opera Repertory Theatre l Grand Opera in Portlands magnificent Merrill Auditorium. 207-767-0773
Cumberland County Civic Center l Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc.
Children's Theater of Maine l Live theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave., Portland. 207-874-0371
Portland Public Library l Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland. 207-871-1707
Summer Theatre and Theatre
Arundel Barn Playhouse Summer Theatre l Route 1, Arundel, Tuesday Saturdays in Season, 207-985-5552 Take Route 1 South thru Saco and Biddeford and into Arundel. Go left at the light (just prior to Blue Moon Diner) - Playhouse will be 200 yards on your left.
City Theater l Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. 207-282-0849.
MaineStage Shakespeare Theater l Kennebunk. Free, outdoor performances of Shakespeare plays in Lafayette Park in the heart downtown Kennebunk. In this our inaugural season we will be performing Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet and a special kid friendly version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in alternating repertory.
Ogunquit Playhouse Summer Stock Theatre l Rt 1 Ogunquit, 207-646-5511. Take Rt 1 South thru Saco, Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk, Wells and Ogunquit. Playhouse is on left just prior to York Town Line.
Saco River Grange l Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Just off Rt 117. 207-929-6472
Arts, Museums and Historical Societies
Old Orchard Beach Historical Society l Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Top of Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach. 207-934-9319.
Saco Museum l Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco. 207-282-3031.
Maine Maritime Museum l Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St., Bath. 207-443-1316.
Willowbrook at Newfield l Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Off Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield. 207-793-2784.
Portland Museum of Art l Maines largest and oldest art museum. Designed by world renowned I.M. Pei. Features fine and decorative art from the 18th century to present. 7 Congress St, Portland, 207-773-2787.
Portland Observatory l Not a lighthouse, it is the last maritime signal tower in the US. Built in 1807 as a communication tower for the harbor. Guided tours and exhibits. 207-774-5561
Childrens Museum of Maine l Exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave and Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera-Obscura-Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free Street, Portland. 207-828-1234.
Wadsworth-Longfellow House l Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland. 207-774-1822.
The Arts District Portland l cultural community along Congress Street Portland, 207-772-6828
Brick Store Museum l Ship Models, Historic Displays, Rare Antiques, Paintings, Decorative Arts. 117 Main St, Kennebunk, 207-985-4802. Route One South. On left in downtown Kennebunk.
Walking Tours of the Kennebunkport l 1 hour Historic walking tours from the Nott House, 207-967-2513 or 2751
Kennebunkport Historical Society l 135 North St, Kennebunkport, 207-967-2751
Guided Tours of the Kennebunks l Intown Trolley - in season
White Columns Kennebunkport's Bush Family Legacy Museum (Formerly Nott House) l Greek Revival House Open Mid June to Mid-Oct, Dock Square, Kennebunkport, 967-2513 or 207-967-2751
Seashore Trolley Museum l Largest electric railway museum in the world. Tour the various displays and exhibits from carbarns to the exhibition shop. Visitors may also ride a streetcar along a rebuilt portion of the Atlantic Shore Line Railway fun for the whole family. Log Cabin Road - Kennebunkport, 207-967-2800
Baxter Museum l Gorham ME
In 1908, James Phinney Baxter built a public library in Gorham and opened his childhood home as a museum. Besides local artifacts, Baxter Museum displays Civil War artifacts, Annie Louise Cary memorabilia, portraits and paintings. Open June August, Tuesday and Thursdays, 10 - 1pm. Free admission. Group tours welcome.
The Penobscot Marine Museum l Searsport, ME
Dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and exhibition of the history of Penobscot Bay and the maritime history of Maine. It is a unique seafaring village comprised of thirteen historic and modern buildings, many of them former sea captain's homes. Extensive maritime, photographic and genealogical holdings. It is open to the public year-round for maritime and family research. The Museum offers visitors, young and old, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Maine's rich maritime heritage and includes hands-on exhibits for children.
Seacoast Fitness l 952 Post Road, Wells, Maine. Open 365/7 - 5am - 10pm - 207-646-6898
Fitness Nuthouse l Rt 1, Kennebunk - Shoppers Village. 10 minute drive.
Quest Fitness l 7 Shape Drive. Kennebunk, ME 04043-6601. 207-467-3800
Planet Fitness l Biddeford Location. Sanford Location
Saco Sport and Fitness l 329 North Street, Saco, 207-284-5953
Body Works Health and Fitness Center l 644 Main St, Saco, 207-284-9924
Biddeford YMCA Northern York County l Alfred Road (Rt 111), Biddeford, 207-283-0100
Maine Rock Gym l Indoor Climbing Gym No experience needed. 127 Marginal Way, Portland, 207-780-6370
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway l Auto racing Saturday nights. Holmes Road, Scarborough. 207-883-5227
Portland Pirates Hockey l AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 207-775-3458.
Portland Sea Dogs Baseball l lAA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox. Home games held at Hadlock Field, Portland, from late April through early September. 207-879-9500.
Scarborough Downs l Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 207-883-4331
Driving Ranges | See Golf Courses Section
D.L Geary Brewing Co Inc. l 38 Evergreen Drive, Portland, 207-878-2337
Shipyard Ale, Federal Jacks Brew Pub l Lower Village - Kennebunk, 207-967-4322
Shipyard Brewing Co. l 86 Newbury St, Portland, 207-761-0807
Whale Tail Brewing Co. l 213 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, 207-934-7370
Len Libby Handmade Candies l 419 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. 207-883-4897
Downeast Duck Adventures l 117 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-3825
Portland Walking Tours l 138 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-5561
Longfellow House l 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-1822
Tate House Museum l 2 Waldo Street, Portland, ME 04102. 207-774-6177
Victoria Mansion l 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-772-4841
Portland Schooner Co. l Maine State Pier, Portland, ME 04101. 877-246-6637
Portland Observatory | 138 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-5561
Portland Harbor Museum | Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106. 207-774-5561
Museum at Portland Head Light | 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. 207-799-2661
Portland Sea Dogs | Hadlock Field, 271 Park Avenue, Portland, ME 04102. 800-936-DOGS
Desert of Maine l Natural phenomenon, narrated tours, nature trails, museum. Open early May to mid October daily. 95 Desert Road, Freeport, 207-865-6962
Eartha - DeLorme | Worlds Largest Rotating Globe. Two DeLorme Dr, Yarmouth, ME 04096. 800-642-0970
Maine Wildlife Park | 56 Game Farm Road, Route 26, Gray ME 04039. 207-657-4977
Maine Maritime Museum | 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530. 207-443-1316
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME 04537. 207-633-4333
Boothbay Railway Village | 586 Wiscasset Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537. 207-633-4727
Maine Eastern Railroad | 4 Union Street, Rockland, ME 04841. 866-637-2457
Bar Harbor Whale Watch | One West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 800-942-5374