You’ll love these Maine Summer Attractions!
Enjoy these Maine Summer Attractions to explore some “off the beaten path” spots with your family. Maine is known for lobster and picturesque waterways, but we’re more than just that! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post.
The Great Outdoors
Maine’s diverse landscape makes it the perfect destination for all things adventure and outdoors!
Monhegan Island – Located 10 miles from the nearest mainland, Monhegan Island is only about a square mile in area and is only accessible by boat. There are no cars, paved roads, etc. It was once known to Native Americans as a prime fishing area, though it’s mostly used for tourism now. Monhegan is the place to go if you’re looking for relaxation and beautiful wilderness. Take the Hardy Boat out of New Harbor to get there.
McLaughlin Garden – Featured in Coastal Home Magazine, McLaughlin Garden is located in South Paris, Maine. It’s a garden and homestead, perfect for nature lovers of all ages. Known as one of Maine’s most stunningly beautiful gardens, McLaughlin Garden is home to a collection of many trees, woody shrubs, and beauties such as hostas, iris, and over 200 lilacs. You definitely want to bring your camera with you when you visit McLaughlin Garden.
Wild Blueberry Festivals – Did you know that Maine produces nearly 85% of the world’s wild blueberries? That’s more than 90 million pounds of blueberries each year! Attending a Wild Blueberry Festival is a must if you’re in Maine.
Pemaquid Point – It’s not a trip to Maine without a lighthouse visit. Pemaquid Point was chosen to be in the 50 State Quarters program, and is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the coast of Maine. The views are breathtaking.
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Larger Than Life in Maine
World’s Largest Telephone – Located in Bryant Pond, this crank powered 14 foot tall telephone is the largest in the world. It weighs over 3,000 pounds!
3-story Outhouse – Also in Bryant Pond, you’ll find this lovely gem.
Paul Bunyan Statue – Standing tall at 31 foot high, this Paul Bunyan statue weighs nearly 4,000 pounds and attracts attention to Paul Bunyan’s birthplace of Bangor. For some reason, his blue ox, Babe, isn’t nearby.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory – Enjoy a panoramic 360-degree view from a bridge tower forty-two stories high – one of only three such Bridge Observatories in the world and the only one in the western hemisphere! The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is near Bucksport, Maine on Route 1.
From the top of the observatory, you will be able to see beautiful Penobscot Bay as it meets the Penobscot River. You’ll also have a spectacular view of the Maine coast south to the Camden Hills, East to Mount Desert Island and Northwest to the eastern reaches of the Appalachian Trail and Mount Katahdin.
Fun Oddities in Maine
No Maine Summer Attractions list is complete without some fun and unique things thrown in. You will only find these in Maine!
Eartha – This 3-dimensional scale model of earth actually rotates, and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the World’s Largest Rotating Globe. It took two years to build, and represents earth as it is seen from space. The Globe measures 41.5 feet, and can be seen for free in the lobby at DeLorme Headquarters.
Stephen King’s House – You didn’t think I’d skip this one, did you? Maine is where the famous author was born, and he used it for the setting of many of his stories (including Pet Sematary). You can even take a private narrated tour of the Stephen King sites in and around Bangor, Maine!
International Cryptozoology Museum – Yetis, Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and other larger zoological species that remain unverfied by science are studied at this museum. If you’re wondering whether Sasquatch is real or not, I think this is a great place to start.
Desert of Maine – The Desert of Maine is a 40-acre tract of exposed glacial silt (a sand-like substance, but finer-grained than sand) surrounded by a pine forest near the town of Freeport, Maine, in the United States.
Perry’s Nut House – Perry’s Nut House is a tourist stop and store on Route One in Belfast, Maine. Perry’s Nut House opened in 1927, and is a classic example of an American roadside attraction. Here you’ll find Maine’s favorite fudge, shelled nuts, toys, gifts and more!
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