Maine Tourist Attractions
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Maine tourist attractions draw countless visitors each year. With its stunning natural beauty and long history, Maine offers much for visitors to do and see - indeed many attractions make the "not to be missed" list!
This page will highlight some of the best Maine tourist attractions, where they are, what they cost (if anything), contact information and other important details you might need while visiting.
Downeast Maine Tourist Attractions
Acadia National Park - Of course, one of the BIGGEST attractions in all of Maine, not just the Downeast area is the Acadia National Park, the second most visited national park in the U.S. With it's breath-taking scenery, dramatic cliffs, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing routes, carriage trails for biking and much, much more, no visit to Mt. Desert Island, or Maine would be complete without exploring the park. Drive the park loop road (April 15 to Nov. 30), watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, explore miles of coastline or enjoy lemonade and popovers at Jordan Pond House. Entrance fees are charged from May 1 to October 31 and are very reasonable - $5 for an individual (hiker, biker, etc.) for the week, $20 for a whole vehicle for the week.
Downeast Maine Lighthouses - There are about 26 lighthouses in Downeast Maine, each calling to tourists with their uniqueness, beauty and history. While some can be seen from land, like the Bass Harbor Head and Prospect Harbor Light, a great way to see many lighthouses is to take a cruise or a scenic flight.
The Mount Desert Oceanarium/Lobster Hatchery (http://www.theoceanarium.com) is located at 1351 State Route 3 and is open mid-May to October, Monday - Saturday from 9-5. Learn about the ocean and Maine lobster on guided tours. Plan to spend about two hours - it's a great rainy day activity. Young kids (under 8) might be a little bored but would like the touch tank. Older kids and adults will enjoy it and find it very educational.
Mid-coast Maine Tourist Attractions
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (www.mainegardens.org) is a great place to visit while in Boothbay Harbor Maine. With its flowers, trees, sculptures and scenic trails you and your children alike will be fascinated and in awe of its beauty. They also have a cafe to enjoy lunch or a snack while there. This is one of the "must do's" in the Mid-Coast region. They are located on Barters Island Road in Boothbay and are open 9-5 year round. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 3-17 but they have family rates that are better. In the heart of the winter there is no admission fees.
The Boothbay Railway Village at 586 Wiscasset Road takes you back in time with its ride on an old style steam engine train. Check out the antique cars, the museum and shops. Anyone with even a slight interest in trains or history will enjoy their time at this Maine tourist attraction. Adults are $9 while children are $5. Check out their schedule for special events and hours. They are open starting in May through October, with special open days for Thanksgiving and Christmas events.
Don't miss the drive or hike up to the top of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park. You'll be awed by the panoramic views of Camden Harbor and the ocean and the surrounding area. On a clear day you can see for miles. It's a lovely spot for a picnic so plan ahead and make a day of it. It's a beautiful sight in the fall with the foliage in all its glory. There's a great stone observation tower at the top that you can climb. Entrance fees are $3 for residents, $4.50 for nonresidents.
Greater Portland Maine Tourist Attractions
One of the most beautiful areas around Portland Maine is the Fort Williams Park and its Portland Head Lighthouse. Plan to spend a day picnicking, basking in the sun, exploring the lighthouse museum and gift shop and taking plenty of pictures. It is free to enter the park so make sure you visit when in the greater Portland area. The park is located in Cape Elizabeth at 1000 Shore Rd.
Shopping at the Freeport Outlet Malls and L.L. Bean will satisfy even the most serious shopaholics. Visiting the world famous L.L. Bean store that never closes - ever - is a fun time even for the kids who will like to see the animals and fish.
Visit the Victoria Mansion (www.victoriamansion.org) on Danforth Street in Portland Maine to see an exquisite example of pre-Civil War era architecture and interior design. If you love taking a peak into the past and the lavish lives of the elite, take this interesting tour. The best time to visit is the Christmas season when local designers adorn each room in Christmas splendor.
Southern Maine Tourist Attractions
By far, the greatest tourist attractions in Southern Maine are the beaches. Boasting miles of white sand beaches in Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, the Kennebunks, Wells, Ogunquit and York, Southern Maine is a sun-worshipper's haven.
The Marginal Way walking path in Ogunquit Maine is a popular tourist attraction in Southern Maine. It is a beautiful walk high up above the ocean with lots of benches for sitting and relaxing while you take in the amazing views. You can venture off the path in lots of different areas to climb the rocks and explore the tide pools. The path runs from in town Ogunquit to Perkins Cove, the picturesque little village with shops, restaurants and opportunities for cruises or sailing tours. Don't miss this one!
When in Kennebunkport, do as the tourists do (and locals too!) and visit Walker's Point - the summer home of the Bush's (yes, the former presidents!). Even though you can't get close, they do have a place along the road where you can park and take pictures. Follow Ocean Avenue from intown Kennebunkport towards Cape Porpoise and you'll know when you've arrived - there are usually other cars and people with cameras and binoculars!
There are so many Maine tourist attractions and I've just scratched the surface here. Check back soon for a directory of the best Maine tourist attractions!
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