Southern Maine offers locals and visitors an amazing experience year round, but summertime is when this part of Maine comes alive. With so much to see and do, putting together an itinerary that ensures you get to sample the region can be overwhelming. We can help. As a locally owned and operated Southern Maine business headquartered in Wells and Windham, we don’t just work in the area – we live here too! Here are seven things to do in Southern Maine this summer to make the most of your time in our gorgeous state.
Plan A Beach Day
Southern Maine has some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit our renowned coastal state parks full of sandy beaches, body surfing waves, and tidal pools to explore. In York County, be sure to check out Fort McClary State Historic Site at Kittery Point. Moving up the coast, visit York Beach Wells Beach, or Old Orchard Beach and be sure to check out the OOB Pier for shopping and pier fries. Crescent Beach State Park and Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth showcase the best of sandy beaches and our rock bound coast. Inland, be sure to visit the Day Use Area at Sebago Lake State Park, located in Casco, Maine. While you’re there, watch the Songo Lock in action and see the swing bridge open for boaters to pass through from Brandy Pond to and from Sebago Lake.
Dine On Fresh Maine Lobster
No Southern Maine summer excursion is complete without a least one meal of fresh Maine lobster. Fortunately, you and your crew will have plenty of options to choose from in the area. Some local favorites: Barnacle Billy’s in Kennebunkport, The Maine Diner in Wells, and Ken’s Seafood and The Clambake in Scarborough.
Hit The Outlets
Have some shoppers (and bargain hunters) in your crew? Kittery, Maine, home of the famous Kittery Outlets is the place to be. Here you’ll find 120 brand name outlet stores offering discount pricing on clothes, home goods, and more. Of course, all that shopping is sure to work up a hearty appetite for everyone in your group. Robert’s Maine Grill, a local restaurant that serves up fresh seafood and American cuisine, does not disappoint.
Visit Local Amusement Parks
Looking for a fun day that offers something for all ages? Check out York Animal Kingdom, a local zoo and amusement park that hosts over 200,000 guests each year from all over the world. Here you’ll find rare animals, mini-golf, picnic grounds, paddleboats, and rides. York Animal Kingdom is the perfect place for family-friendly entertainment and educational activities.
Funtown/Splashtown USA, located on Route One in Saco, provides families with amusement park rides including the Excalibur wooden roller coaster along with the Splashtown park with thrilling water slides, splash pads and a giant wave pool.
Kennebunkport is a beautiful coastal town full of shops, eateries, and community events. While the downtown area of Kennebunkport is very pedestrian friendly, there are plenty of scenic vistas beyond the center of town that make a bike rental a must. There are several bike (and scooter) rental companies in the area so be sure to call around for prices and availability. Your chosen provider will give you local insight and a map to ensure you know precisely where to cycle to make the most of your time in this picturesque Maine town.
Walk The Marginal Way
Do you prefer walking to pedaling? Not a problem. The Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine is an ideal place to get your stroll on while taking in the sights (and some fresh saltwater air). The “margin” in Marginal Way refers to the thin walking path between the land and the Atlantic Ocean. Besides the sea, this easy to navigate 1¼ mile cliff walk offers a rare glimpse of some of Maine’s most magnificent plants, flowers, and gardens.
Experience An Authentic Lighthouse
There are many lighthouses throughout coastal Maine. However Portland Head Light, located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Open daily from Memorial Day until October 31st, Portland Headlight offers tours and an on-site museum for a fun and information excursion. Bring your kite and a picnic for a memorable day visit.