Top 10 Experiences of Mid-Coast Maine
- Hit The Water: There is no better way to experience Maine’s scenery and coastline than being on the water. This can be anything from a classic windjammer schooner, Atlantic Seal Cruises of Freeport, kayaking with LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, or a Mail Ferry from Portland Harbor. However you decide to experience the water, get out and enjoy the experience and the views.
- Beaches: Mid-Coast Mane has some of the prettiest beaches you will see anywhere, period. Our favorite is Popham Beach, part of a State Park that is unspoiled and well maintained. The beach is sandy, about 1 1/2 miles long, and has a number of small islands you can walk to and explore when the tide is out. Reid State Park offers another fabulous beach with a totally different experience, opening at the East end of the Kennebec River. Another favorite is Crescent Beach of South Portland.
- Lighthouses: Maine boasts many lighthouses along our beautiful coast. We are conveniently situated to put you within easy reach to several of the top ones in the state. Cape Neddick Light in York is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, along with Portland Head and Two Lights, both of Cape Elizabeth. Pemaquid Point Light is less than an hour east of Freeport and is not to be missed on your lighthouse tour. Looking for a Lighthouse Tour Package? Check ours out, including a great souvenir lighthouse map from Delorme.
- Lobster Shacks: So many to choose from! Our own Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster here in Freeport is always a crowd pleaser. Red’s Eats in Wiscasset is among the most famous in Maine and Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth is another favorite. Many guests are on a “lobster tour” as they work their way through Maine!
- Museums: Weather keeping you in? No worries! The Maine Maritime Museum is a great place to spend the day as you explore the history of ship building and enjoy a trolley tour. The Portland Museum of Art offers wonderful exhibits, rotating about every four months. The Victoria Mansion in Portland offers a glimpse into the past as you tour this beautiful historic home, dating to pre-Civil War times. The Christmas holidays are especially beautiful when the house is decked out in its finest.
- Outdoor Adventure: While Freeport is known for shopping, we would be remiss if we didn’t say that there is So Much More here! Hiking, biking, paddleboarding, cross-country, fishing…the possibilities are limited only by your interests!
- Concerts, Music, Theatre: This is huge in Maine! Local bands, national and international artists all find their way here. LL Bean hosts Summer in the Park and includes 6-8 acts every summer, ranging from folk to rock to blues. Bowdoin College is home to Maine State Music Theatre and features four productions each summer. Bowdoin International Music Festival is also located here for five weeks each summer. World class theatre and music just 15 minutes from Freeport. Looking for more? Portland activities offer music and theater every weekend in a variety of venues, too much to list here!
- Shopping: Need we say more? LL Bean and 150 more stores await the avid shopper. And if you enjoy antiquing, there is antiquing aplenty in the area!
- Eating: Maine has hit it big on the food scene in the past few years. Farm to Table can be found here in Freeport, numerous places in Portland, and at many amazing restaurants as you move up the coast. For those who enjoy more casual dining, we have that, too. Some of our favorite places are what I call “joints.” They are fun and casual places that offer great food and atmosphere, several farm to table as well.
- Strolling: There is something to be said for a nice stroll with beautiful scenery on a lazy summer day. Winslow Park is one of my favorite places, watching the water and boats. The Eastern Promenade in Portland is a beautiful place for an evening walk, following the contours of the water and Munjoy Hill section to take in the beautiful homes.