Maine Summer Bucket List

Old Orchard Beach, photo taken by the writer.

Maine is known as vacationland and if you live here you know why. There are so many great locations and spots to visit. We all know when it is summer, Maine is a hotspot for tourists. But have you ever taken the time to visit some of the “tourist” attractions here? If not then look no further as I present you with a list of some of my favorite places to visit.
The first place on this list is Acadia National Park. The Park Loop Road is the best way for people to tour the park by car. There are also buses that run called the Handy Island Explorer that lead to different attractions. There are over 100 miles of hiking trails for all different types of levels of hikers. These include trails to Cadillac Mountain which is the park’s highest point. Once at the top you can see the coast and the islands. There are two campgrounds and picnic areas for guests to enjoy. A fun fact is Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the U.S to see the sunrise.
Next up we have Old Orchard Beach. If you live here or have visited here you know this is a huge attraction during the summer. People coming from all over. Old orchard offers many different types of things. There are rides, carnival games, food stands, shopping, and at night there is nightlife for those who are 21+. It is a great place to take your family and to relax and have fun. There are basketball courts and a playground for the kids. There is also a minigolf location on-site as well. There are two campgrounds located about two minutes away.
The Old Port and Portland Head Lighthouse are next on this list. The Old Port is filled with many different things. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops. There are also hotels, the Nickelodeon Cinema, the Cross Insurance Arena, and museums. This is a family-friendly environment unless it is the nighttime on a weekend and then it turns into more of nightlife for those who are 21+. The lighthouse, which is located in Cape Elizabeth, is beautiful scenery to go to and just walk around. If you love to take pictures, this would be the place to do so. There are picnic tables and benches for people who want to sit and maybe take it all in. This is the oldest lighthouse in Maine.
Next up we have the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Boothbay Harbor. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a place where people can go and look at more than three hundred acres of flowers. This is a very family-friendly place. Unfortunately, there are no pets allowed. There are exhibits located at this location. At Christmas time they do this thing called “Garden Aglow” where they put up lights around the gardens and then people can either walk through or drive through. I would say I have done the drive-through and it is a must. It is something the whole family can do for Christmas and it is not expensive.
Another cool place to check out is the Portland Museum of Art. There are more than 18,000 pieces of art that go as far back as the 1700s. Within the museum, there is a historic house. Admission to the museum is free for anyone 21 & younger.

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