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5 Iconic Things To Do in Maine


A visit to Maine will give you the opportunity to do some unique things. We crossed that trip off of our bucket list a few months ago and I’m sharing some of the best things to see and do there. If you like nature, scenery, shopping, or food you’re in for a real treat!

pictures of Maine including lobster, lighthouse, large fisherman sign, and tree with wooden buoys

1. Visit lighthouses

Did you know there are 65 lighthouses scattered along the rocky coast of Maine? It would take weeks to visit them all but seeing just a few is still loads of fun.

The lighthouses are all very picturesque and lovely to visit. Be sure to bring your camera and a bit of patience since there’s typically a small crowd at each one. Here are just a few of them.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Nestled upon a grassy hill is the Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse with a charming old house and buildings. It’s one of the most photographed lighthouses because it’s so easy to get to.

Nubble Lighthouse in York County, Maine

We got lucky with perfect weather when we were there and captured some great photos.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Head to the northern part of the state to visit the striking West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. We visited at sunset and the colors were amazing.

West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine

Remember when Forrest Gump ran all the way across the continent and ended at a lighthouse? Marshall Point Lighthouse is where that scene was filmed! It’s a small lighthouse that you can walk up to on a gorgeous wooden bridge.

Marshall Point Lighthouse

There are literally dozens of lighthouses along the coast in the lovely state. Here are a few more popular lighthouses to visit:

2. Eat some Maine Lobster

Is there anything more iconic than Maine lobster? It’s everywhere. I mean everywhere. You can get them in pretty much any restaurant or in one of the many roadside restaurants.

While we were in Maine, one night for dinner we ate at a shack in someone’s back yard! It was set up as a makeshift restaurant and the lobster was out of this world.

Maine lobster with corn on the cob

The restaurant was run by the family who lived in the home. The father went out every morning to catch lobsters.

And in the afternoon the mother cooked the lobster, corn, and amazing blueberry cobbler. Their daughters served us. Classic and delicious!

We also enjoyed the colorful lobster cages and painted buoys that were found along the coast.

colorful old old lobster cages

This large pine tree full of colorful buoys looked like a Christmas tree. So much fun.

colorful lobster buoys form Maine

Pretty much every little harbor looks like this with fishing boats gathering their daily catch.

lobster boats in Maine

And the Big Jim lobster man in Prospect Harbor is truly a sight to see. He’s huge!!

Big Jim lobster man aka sardine man prospect harbor, maine

3. Visit Acadia National Park

A visit to Acadia National Park is definitely a must when you visit Maine.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Jordan Pond Path

One of our favorite parts of the park was the Jordan Pond Path. There’s a trail that goes around the lake and every spot has a beautiful view.

Jordan Pond Path, Acadia National Park

Most of the trail is flat but there is a short stretch of it where you’ll have to maneuver over some rocks. Doing the entire loop isn’t recommended for strollers or people with mobility issues.

Jordan pond path in Acadia National Park, Maine

You can see “The Bubbles” below from the edge of the Jordan Pond Path. It’s a great hike if you want to push yourself a bit.

Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain

It’s worth the 4 a.m. wake up to see the sun rise on Cadillac Mountain. The view is spectacular but be sure to bring a warm coat and blankets. It’s windy and cold up there.

NOTE: You’ll need to make a reservation because it’s a very popular attraction and the parking spaces are limited. You can go here to reserve your spot: Cadillac Summit Road Sunrise

Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park

For the best experience with tons of information get the audio self-guided tour here: Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Acadia National Park in Maine

4. Shop at the LL Bean flagship store

If you love well-made outdoorsy clothes and gear then you must visit L.L. Bean. Located in Freeport, it’s actually more of a campus than a store because there are several specialty shops in addition to the giant main store.

l l bean flagship store in freeport, maine

The Bike, Boat, & Ski shop has anything you’d ever need for outdoor sports in Maine or elsewhere. There’s gear galore and tech clothing as well. And there’s a hunting and fishing shop too.

l l bean flagship store in freeport, maine-3

Of course you’ll have to check out their famous Duck Boots while you’re there too.

l l bean flagship store in freeport, maine-2

While you’re in Freeport be sure to visit the other great shops there, including many outlets shops.

5. Eat a Whoopie Pie

What’s a whoopie pie? It’s two fluffy little cakes with a light frosting between them. Legend has it that the first whoopie pies were created in Maine in 1925. If you’ve never had one then you’re in for a real treat!

I made a version of them a couple of years ago that’s a little smaller than the original, and here’s what they look like.

Get the recipe here: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Icing

Bonus – Savor the Small Towns

The small towns scattered across the state are so charming. This tiny library in Dorcas was so adorable that I had to photograph it. There are similar scenes in most of the small towns along with beautiful old New England homes.

Small library in Dorcas, Maine

Looking for more ideas of what you can do while in Maine? Be sure to read this article: Things to do in Maine

Be sure to check out my curated list of travel must-haves here: Favorite Travel Items

Have you visited Maine? What were your favorite things there? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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