The scenic bays, craggy peninsulas and sparkling offshore islands form a stunning backdrop to Mid-Coast Maine’s picture-perfect fishing villages, seaside resorts and bustling harbor towns. Delve deeply into Maine’s maritime past, watch whales and puffins, explore by bike or sea kayak and dine on world-class seafood. Here, arts and culture flourish amidst the romance of the sea.
Brunswick, home to Bowdoin College, is Maine’s oldest college town. Browse the many shops, restaurants and galleries along Maine Street and visit the outstanding Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Catch music on the mall Wednesday evenings during the summer. And hop on the Androscoggin River Bike Path.
Bath is the perfect place to explore the region’s boatbuilding heritage. Visit the Maine Maritime Museum. See what’s happening at the Chocolate Church Arts Center. And head down the Phippsburg Peninsula to spectacular Popham Beach and historic Fort Popham.
Arrowsic and Georgetown are picturesque villages along Route 127 where you’ll find scenic salt marshes, art galleries and pottery studios. Picnic at Reid State Park, with sweeping views of islands and lighthouses. Stop for fresh-caught Maine lobster at Five Islands.
Boothbay Harbor is a popular tourist destination and a great place for kayaking, whale watching, sport fishing or puffin tours. Stay in a cottage along the shore and make a day trip to the Boothbay Railway Village or the magni cent Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
In Damariscotta and Newcastle, you’ll find 19th century storefronts filled with shops, restaurants and galleries. Check out the events (and ice cream) at Round Top Center for the Arts, taste world-class locally cultivated oysters and discover enormous prehistoric shell mounds.
Rockland’s lively arts and culture scene includes the world-class collections at the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center. Stop by the Puffin Project Visitor Center and Maine Lighthouse Museum. Ferry out to Vinalhaven, North Haven or Matinicus. Discover award-winning restaurants.
Camden is a classic harbor town, filled with quaint inns and B&Bs and framed by the magnificent Camden Hills. Hike or drive up Mt. Battie and then relax in a harbor-side pub overlooking windjammers and fishing boats. Make a side trip to the charming arts community of Rockport.
In Belfast, stroll along the harbor from Heritage Park; encounter interactive street sculptures, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and historic homes. Take an afternoon cruise on the Friendship Sloop Amity. In nearby Searsport, visit the Penobscot Marine Museum.
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"Don't Miss" Fairs & Festivals
- Windjammer Days in Boothbay Harbor - June
- North Atlantic Blues Festival - Rockland - July
- Maine Lobster Festival - Rockland - August
- Belfast Harbor Fest & National Boatbuilding Contest - August
- Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival - August
- Camden Windjammer Festival - September
- Common Ground Fair - Unity - September
So Much More to Do...
- Take Route 130 to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, perched dramatically on a wide stretch of wave-buffeted rocky coast.
- From Port Clyde, take the ferry out to enchanting Monhegan Island, beloved for it dramatic vistas and artistic heritage. Hit the hiking trails and artist studios.
- Discover the wineries, distilleries, orchards, vineyars and farms that comprise the Maine Wine Trail.
- Catch a summer musical at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick.