Now that the Maine Lobster Festival has packed up for another year, you might be wondering what else is going on in Midcoast Maine.
Explore The Maine Coast
With 3,500 miles of incredibly beautiful coastline, there are abundant opportunities to go to the beach, go swimming, visit a lighthouse, kayak, paddleboard, or take a schooner sail. To start, here’s a guide to all of the freshwater and saltwater beaches in the Midcoast, including information on the terrain, parking, barbeque grills, and playgrounds.
With 24 lighthouses in the Midcoast alone, here are the top five to visit on your vacation here. Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards through Maine Sport Outfitters or go on a guided ecotour with Breakwater Kayak Co. If you want to really experience the majestic coast, go on a sight-seeing day sail with one of the traditional sailing vessels out of Camden, Rockport, and Rockland. And if you want a birds’ eye view of the Maine coast, Spirit Soaring Glider Rides out of the Knox County airport is about as thrilling as it gets.
On a Rainy or Too-Hot Day
Exploring some of the temperature-controlled museums is a great option from the rain or the glaring sun. Museums/centers in Rockland to check out include the world-renowned Farnsworth Art Museum. Current exhibitions including Andrew Wyeth: Islands in Maine and Ashley Bryan’s Beauty In Return. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is a family favorite, from stories of lighthouse keepers to a “one-of-a-kind assemblage of radiating lighthouse lenses.”
The Project Puffin Visitor Center is delightful with exhibits about puffins, activities and other informative programs. For antique vehicle and aircraft lovers, The Owls Head Transportation Museum is a fun way to spend a couple of hours and the kids will love it. The Sail Power and Steam Museum in the South End gives you a self-guided audio/visual tour which one patron described: “ Felt like I discovered a buried treasure.”
Still Craving Lobster?
If you weren’t able to make it to the Festival this year, or if you’re still craving lobster (who isn’t?), there is no shortage of food trucks and restaurants that will serve the delectable crustacean. But the best way to enjoy it is “in the rough” at a lobster shack. Here are the top four in Midcoast Maine.