Top Places To Visit In Maine

Visiting Maine anytime soon and looking for things to do?


I know there's a lot of history here I just don't know a lot of it. It's sad I've lived in Southern Maine all of my life and have never really visited shops on the coast or anything like that.
I started asking around for ideas and received enough input to start a good list, adding details as I researched.
I hope you enjoy checking these places out and don't forget to support each one by liking their facebook pages provided!






Alfred



Alfred Shaker Museum
Maine’s Shaker roots began in Alfred around 1793. The Friends of the Museum mount exhibits, hold events and craft workshops, run a museum shop, build the museum’s collection of Shaker artifacts and resources as well as its library, and create school programs.
118 Shaker Hill Rd, Alfred, ME 04002
(207) 324-9630

Museum Hours:
Opening for the 2017 Season on May 13
Closing for the season on November 15
1pm-4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by appointment.
Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.








Bangor







Stephen King's House


47 W Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401

This is Stephen King's home in Maine. While your only option here is to gawk from the front gate, there are tours offered by a private company that knows him personally. Info provided below.





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SKTours of Maine LLC

“A Must for Stephen King Fans”
Reviewed November 5, 2012
"This private tour around all things King in Bangor and environs is a must-do for visitors to Maine or the east Coast. Stu runs these private tours from a six seater mini-van and is an expert on the master story-teller and is quite a raconteur himself! Stu has known King for many years and brings his own personal anecdotes and detailed knowledge to these three-hour jaunts around the sights and settings of the novels as well as key locations in King's own life.

You will learn a lot about the inspiration for King's writing and have a great sight-seeing tour of Bangor in comfort."

25 Thomas Hill Rd, Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 947-7193










Berwick



Vaughan Woods State Park is a state park on the western edge of South Berwick, Maine, USA. It is located on the Salmon Falls River, which forms the border between Maine and New Hampshire. The park's 250 acres (100 ha) include the restored Hamilton House, stands of old-growth forest, and 3 miles (4.8 km) of hiking trails. The lands were bequeathed to the state by Elizabeth Vaughan in 1949.

Website


28 Old Fields Rd, South Berwick, ME 03908
(207) 490-4079






Cape Elizabeth



Fort Williams Park is a 90-acre park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, encompassing numerous historical sites. Perhaps most famous for having Portland Head Light on its grounds, the park also encompasses the decommissioned and largely demolished United States Army post Fort Williams, which was operational during World War I and World War II.

Be sure to check out the Lighthouse, the Arboretum, Battery Keyes, Goddard Mansion, Battery Blair, The Children's Garden, and the Beach Area. 


1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-2661





Gray



The Maine Wildlife Park is a Sprawling, low-key reserve nestled in the woods, featuring moose, black bears, bald eagles & more.


56 Game Farm Road, Route 26, Gray, ME 04039
(207) 657-4977









Kennebunk



Called the "most photographed house in the state" of Maine, The Wedding Cake House, known formally as the George W. Bourne House, is a historic house located in Kennebunk, Maine. The home was built in 1825 by shipbuilder George W. Bourne (1801–1856), who later built a frame barn which he connected to the main house with a carriage house. In 1852, the barn caught fire and the carriage house was demolished to keep the fire from spreading to the house. Bourne, who during a European tour had been impressed by the Gothic beauty of the cathedral at Milan, rebuilt the carriage house and barn in what later came to be known as Carpenter Gothic style. Using hand tools, he crafted five buttresses with pinnacles on top of each. Then in order to tie the new structures in with the existing house, he added six buttresses with pinnacles to the house and then joined them together with intricate woodwork. His only help in doing this was Thomas Durrell, an apprentice ship's carpenter. Bourne spent the rest of his life adding to these embellishments. It has been said of Bourne: "The highly skilled carpenter knew no limits to his skill."

Wikipedia

105 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME 0403
(207) 985-9333









Kennebunkport



The Bush compound is the summer home of 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush. It is located on Walker's Point (previously known as Point Vesuvius and home to a Kennebunkport city park called "Damon Park"). Walker's Point juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in southern Maine, in the town of Kennebunkport, Maine. The property has been a family retreat for more than a century.

While you may not be able to pull right up to the house, many people pull over at Blowing Cave Park to get a glimpse.

208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046



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The Seashore Trolley Museum, located in Kennebunkport, Maine, United States, is the world's oldest and largest museum of mass transit vehicles. While the main focus of the collection is trolley cars (trams), it also includes rapid transit trains, trolley buses, and motor buses. The Seashore Trolley Museum is owned and operated by the New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS), Of the museum's collection of more than 250 vehicles, 10 trolley and railroad cars that historically operated in Maine were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, as Maine Trolley Cars.
195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
(207) 967-2712








Kittery


Fort McClary is a former defensive fortification of the United States military located along the southern coast of Maine at Kittery Point. Built at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, it was used primarily throughout the 19th century to protect approaches to the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and its U.S. naval shipyard.

Website
Rt. 103 Kittery Pt. ME 03905
(207)








Kittery Point

Fort Foster, now part of Fort Foster Park, is a historic fort active 1901-1946 on the southwest tip of Gerrish Island in the Kittery Point area of Kittery, Maine. The park includes beaches and trails.




Pocahontas Rd, Kittery Point, ME 03905
(603) 431-1925










Lebanon





Hiking at Gully Oven Park
From what I've read, this place can be hard to find. So here's what I've found.



GPS 91 Gully Oven Road, Lebanon, ME 04027
and this park is supposed to be across from this address. When you are on Gully Oven Road, it's not very noticeable. It will kind of look like old footpaths that are now blocked with large rocks.









Ogunquit


The Ogunquit Playhouse is a regional theater in Ogunquit, Maine. The Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the last remaining summer theatres from the Straw Hat Circuit, also referred to as Summer Stock, still producing live musical theatre. The theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2015, the listing was raised to National Level of Significance "in consideration of the significant contributions made by its founder Walter J. Hartwig and the Playhouse to Performing Arts Education throughout the nation."
10 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907
(207) 646-5511












Old Orchard Beach



Old Orchard Pier is the destination for restaurants, the beach, bars & entertainment, including comedy shows & live music, since 1898.

This is also the home of Palace Playland, an amusement park.

Expect to pay for parking.
2 Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
(207) 934-3595











Portland

The International Cryptozoology Museum aka Big Foot Museum is a tiny museum that explores the mystery of Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, mermaids & more. The world's only cryptozoology museum!


4 Thompsons Point #106, Portland, ME 04101
executives@cryptozoologymuseum.com

Hours:
Sunday & Monday, 11 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, Closed
Wednesday & Thursday, 11 am – 3:30 pm
Friday & Saturday, 11 am – 5:30 pm
Admission:
Adults, $10, 13+
Seniors, $8, 65+
Children, $5, 12 & below
Babies, Free in arms/strollers



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The Portland Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking tour in that offers an insightful perspective about the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement. The PDF Walking Tour Map describes the people, places, events and daily life for African-Americans and abolitionists. Each of the 16 markers is inscribed with the historical significance of that location during the time period – approximately 1829 to 1866 – but the map offers even more detail. It’s worth the download before you head out the door.

PDF Walking Tour Map


2 Old Orchard St, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064









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The Portland Museum of Art, or PMA, is the largest and oldest public art institution in the U.S. state of Maine. Founded as the Portland Society of Art in 1882, it is located in the downtown area known as The Arts District in Portland, Maine.




Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
Portland, Maine 04101
(207)775-6148


ADMISSION INFO
Free on Friday evenings from 4 - 8 p.m.
Free for members
$15 adults
$13 seniors (65+)
$10 students with I.D.
Children 14 and under are free






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The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum is located in Portland, Maine, United States. Operating out of the former Portland Company Marine Complex, the organization was founded in 1993.




58 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 828-0814

REGULAR SEASON:
Dates: Open the weekends of April 8-9, April 15-16, April 22-23, April 29-30, and throughout April School Vacation Week (April 15-23) and daily from May 6th – October 29th.
Hours: Open 9:30am-4:00pm with trains on the hour from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Train Tickets: $10-Adults  |  $9-Seniors  |  $6-Children (Age 3-12)  |  2 & Under-Free. Train ticket includes admission to the museum.
Museum Admission: $3-Adults  |  $2-Seniors  |  $2-Children (Age 3-12)  |  2 & Under-Free
(On occasion our train schedule may vary due to events or mechanical issues. Any known alterations to the regular operating schedule will be noted on our Events Calendar.)
HOLIDAY SEASON:
Dates & Hours: The Polar Express runs select dates from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Tickets for the Polar Express go on sale in early September each year. All Polar Express trains depart from Ocean Gateway and the museum is closed during the event.  Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our email newsletter to be notified when Polar Express tickets go on sale.




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Casco Bay Lines Cruises and Tours
Casco Bay Lines is a ferry system that provides year-round passenger, freight, postal and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Casco Bay from Portland, Maine. Whether you are commuting, visiting for a day, staying for an extended vacation, or enjoying one of our scenic or music cruises – Casco Bay Lines is your fun, safe, reliable and convenient connection to the islands.


56 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-7871













Sanford/Springvale




Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Museum. The Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, in conjunction with the Sanford Historical Committee, collects, preserves, and displays artifacts, documents, records, photographs and other materials and objects of historical interest to the town. The Society makes its collections available to the public and offers educational opportunities through museum open hours and special tours for schools and other groups. It encourages interest in history through its newsletter and public lectures and offers classical music programs to enhance the community's cultural life.


Website


505 Main St, Springvale, ME 04083
(207) 324-2797

Thurs: 2pm-8pm
Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat: 9am-12pm









Scarborough





Beech Ridge Motor Speedway is a 1/3 mile NASCAR-sanctioned asphalt oval auto racing track in Scarborough, Maine. The track is located very near the Scarborough Downs horse racing track.

Website


70 Holmes Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 885-0111











Wells


The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,125-acre National Wildlife Refuge made up of several parcels of land along 50 miles of Maine's southern coast.





321 Port Rd, Wells, ME 04090
(207) 646-9226












York




Nubble Lighthouse - Compact park offering scenic views of historic lighthouse plus scuba diving, fishing & gift shop.



Sohier Park Rd, York, ME 03909
(207) 363-1040










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Short Sands Beach

Long Sands Beach




Below are a couple more links
that might be helpful.








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