Maine is known for being a top winter vacation destination due to its cozy cold-weather vibes. Winter sports abound in the Pine Tree State and those who don’t mind chilly temps and blustery winds will be sure to find plenty to do—whether it’s hitting the slopes; hopping on a snowmobile, or strapping on those skis.
However, this lovely state has plenty to offer during the warm weather months, too—its scenery is just as lovely and includes everything from beachy vibes with a laidback feel to outdoorsy adventures in the woods—and everything in between. Here are some great reasons to head north to Maine this summer, where to visit, and some fun things to do while you’re there.
Best Of The Beach
One thing that makes a Maine vacation even better in the summer is the incredible beaches. There are resort towns; small coastal villages; and family-friendly towns a-plenty—all boasting beaches that are scenic and close to lots of fun, warm-weather activities.
Located on the southern coast of Maine, Ogunquit is just one of many charming beach towns where visitors will find relaxation, fun, and a welcoming environment. Lively, fun, and filled with an art scene dating back to a legendary artist colony of the 1800s; Ogunquit is so much more than just warm sandy beaches.
Things To Do In Ogunquit
- Go whale watching
- Visit the Ogunquit Playhouse
- Check out the Ogunquit Museum of American Art
- Walk from the village to the scenic Perkins Cove
Old Orchard Beach
One of the most popular seaside spots in Maine, Old Orchard Beach is known as a fun resort town with seven miles of sandy beaches that make for some serious fun in the sun. Anyone who loves a classic, nostalgic beach town filled with plenty of hustle and bustle, fun crowds, and tons of thrills.
Things To Do In Old Orchard Beach
- Check out the famous Old Orchard Beach Pier
- Ride the Ferris Wheel at the amusement park Palace Playland
- Catch a ballgame with the Empire League team The Surge
- Get some R&R at Ocean Park, a woodsy retreat away from all the noise
Other Popular Beach Town Activities
- Visit the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport
- Check out the sand and surf at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco
- Spend the day at Biddeford Pool and Fortunes Rocks Beaches
- Take a break from the beach and shop ’til you drop at the Golden Mile—the famous outlets in Kittery
A Haven For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Sure, Maine is great in the winter, when the snow-topped woods; chilly temps; and diverse terrain make for ideal skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and every other winter sport under the sun. But Maine’s varied landscape also makes it perfect for summer sports, too—its lakes, parks, and beaches make it a great place for activities under the summer sun.
Rangeley is a charming town situated on the shores of Rangeley Lakes, and is part of—you guessed it—the Rangeley Lakes region. This area is known for its amazing fishing—with six lakes, and hundreds of smaller lakes and streams to choose from. Visitors will love the peaceful, tranquil environment of this area known for its spectacular scenery that includes Saddleback Mountain.
Things To Do In Rangeley
- Take a scenic cruise around Rangeley Lake to scope the scenery and wildlife—including loons and bald eagles
- Head out on a drive on the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway—and be sure to stop at the Height of Land—known as one of the finest vantage points in the entire state
- Head to Rangeley State Park for some swimming, boating, hiking, and camping
- Flyfish at any of the area’s beautiful waterways
Rumford And River Valley Region
The Androscoggin River runs through this gorgeous area known for its plentiful outdoor activities; gorgeous scenery; and rustic charm.
Things To Do In Rumford
- The fishing is great here; so grab a rod and head out for some top-rated bass fishing. But don’t forget about the trout, sunfish, and perch—there’s plenty of them, too!
- Grab an ATV and head out to explore the over 1,000 miles of riding trails
- The mountains of Western Maine are great for hiking—experienced hikers will love Rumford's Whitecap Mountain; while more casual walkers will enjoy Swift River Walking Trail
- Go blueberry picking
Other Popular Outdoor Activities
- Visit the Vaughn Woods Memorial State Park in historic South Berwick
- Check out the Great Balloon Festival in the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn; while you’re there, stop by the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary for birdwatching
- Head out to the Farmington Fair in September, held every year since 1840 in the town of Farmington
- Go boating at Sebago Lake State Park in Naples, or relax and take a cruise on Long Lake on an authentic paddle wheeler
While Maine is a great place to visit for those who love winter sports and cold-weather adventures, it’s also a fun place to visit all year round—especially in the warm spring and summer months—when the fish are biting, a warm breeze is blowing, and the diverse scenery from mountains and lakes; to rivers and forests, are the perfect backdrop for a warm-weather getaway. Fishing, festivals, hiking, boating, and more—Maine truly has something for everyone.