Local Area Guide: Things to Do / Activities / Attractions
Old Orchard Beach:
Voted Maine’s #1 beach every year by Maine’s largest newspaper. Seven miles of great sand, amusement parks, food and games next to beach. Metered street parking and several lots. Lifeguards.
Biddeford Pool Beach: Two mile sandy beach with gentle surf. Sticker required from Biddeford Town Hall. Bathhouse and Lifeguards.
Scarborough Beach State Park: Off Rt 207 a large stretch of sand on Prouts Neck.
Crescent Beach State Park: 8 miles south of Portland. 1-mile of beautiful sand.
Higgins Beach: Off Rt 77 a large stretch of sand with little parking.
Ogunquit Beach: Soft white sand and warm surf. Popular with families. Accessible by trolley and several parking areas. Restrooms and snack bars. Considered one of the prettiest 3.5 miles of peninsula beach in the country. Lifeguards.
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park: Wolfes Neck Road, Freeport.
Winslow State Park: South Freeport, ME
Popham Beach State Park: 3- mile long expanse of sand at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Sandbar and tidal pools. Never crowded, often windy.
Things to Do in Maine:
Go Paddle Boarding in Portland, ME Information at www.portlandpaddle.net Call 207-370-9730 to arrange for local delivery and pick up.
Visit Camden nestled in a sheltered harbor, a perfect mid-Coast Maine town offering shopping, dining, and boating.
Hike Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park
Farnsworth Art Museum 16 Museum Street Rockland, Maine 207-596-6457. The Farnsworth is one of the finest regional art museums in the country with a specialized collection focusing on Maine's role in American art. See the beautiful sculptures, water colors of the coast, and ink drawings.
Maine Lobster Festival Rockland, Maine Last Week of July.
Fryeburg Fair Fryeburg, Maine First Week of October.
Funtown/Splashtown USA Rt. 1 Saco, Maine 207-284-5139. Funtown is the home of Maine's only wooden roller coaster Excalibur, New England's longest and tallest log flume ride, and a collection of kiddie rides.
Visit Freeport, Maine home of L.L. Bean and many outlet shops. L.L. Bean hosts a summer concert series on Saturday evenings June - August.
Visit the Children's Museum of Maine 142 Free St. Portland, Maine.
Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Palace Playland is an amusement park located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The park features 25 rides including as well as the Liquid Lightning Waterslide. The park offers a video arcade which features the latest in video and prize-coupon games.
Broadturn Farm Pick Your Own Flowers and Strawberries. Rt 22, Scarborough, ME. Phone: 207-510-1682. Email: [email protected]. Directions: First farm on Broadturn Rd coming off Route 22 at Buxton. Scarborough town line. From Route 1, Dunston Corner, follow Broadturn up 4.4 miles. Open: May through November, Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
Lighthouses in Maine:
Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park: Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth. Directions: Take Route 1N to traffic light at Oak Hill (intersection Rt 1N & Rt 207) Take right onto Route 207 (Black Point Road). Follow almost to the end and take a left onto Route 77. Follow Route 77 to Two Lights road on right.
Goat Island Lighthouse: Built in 1834. Best viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier. Follow directions for Wood Island Light but stay on Route 9 toward Kennebunkport. When you come into Cape Porpoise, take a left at the Stop Sign where Route 9 makes a 90-degree right hand turn. Drive 1/2 mile to end/Pier and park.
Portland Headlight & Museum: Maine's oldest lighthouse. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791. Adjacent to Fort Williams Park. Large grounds with picnic facilities and museum on the premises. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. (207) 799-2661. Directions Option One: Follow directions to Cape Elizabeth Light.
Wood Island Lighthouse: Take Route 1S to Route 9 (Main Street/Saco). Go thru downtown area passing over Saco River and past Saco Island. At bottom of hill past river bear right. Taking next left onto Route 9 (Hill Street). Take left at first set of traffic lights (Pool Road/Route 9/Route 208). Follow Route 208 to end. Take left on Route 208 thru Biddeford Pool and lighthouse is on right.
Golf Courses in Maine:
Point Sebago Golf/Beach Resort 18 holes over 7,002 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 261 Point Sebago Rd Casco, ME 04015-3666 (800) 655-1232.
Val Halla Golf Course 18 holes over 6,567 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 60 Val Halla Rd Cumberland, ME 04021-4033 (207) 829-2225.
Dunegrass Golf Club 18 holes over 6,602 yards with a par of 71 (Public) 200 Wild Dunes Way Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064-4129 (800) 521-1029.
Sable Oaks Golf Club 18 holes over 6,359 yards with a par of 70 (Public) 505 Country Club Dr South Portland, ME 04106-3276 (207) 775-6257.
Cape Arundel Golf Club 18 holes over 5,881 yards with a par of 69 (Public) 19 Old River Road Kennebunkport, ME 04046 (207) 967-3494.
Webhannet Golf Club 18 holes over 6,010 yards with a par of 71 (Public) 9 Golf Club Dr Kennebunk, ME 04043-7537 (207) 967-2061.
Toddy Brook Golf Course 18 holes over 6,214 yards with a par of 71 (Public) 925 Sligo Rd North Yarmouth, ME 04097-6209 (207) 829-5100.
Cape Neddick Country Club 18 holes over 6,052 yards with a par of 70 (Public) 650 Shore Rd Cape Neddick, ME 03902 (207) 361-2011.
Deep Sea Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing:
Rock N Reel Sport Fishing Charters: 21 Snow Road, Scarborough, (207) 883-1015.
Trina Lyn Fishing Charter: Private sport fishing charters within five minutes of Old Orchard Beach for up to four people. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco, (207) 284-2352/cell phone (207) 283-2352.
Lucky Catch Cruises 170 Commercial St. Portland, Maine Phone: (207) 761-0941. Captain Tom will guide you through the daily routines of a Maine lobsterman, while enjoying views of historic lighthouses.
Saco Bay Sailing: Recreational and sailing excursions from Camp Ellis. 14 Beach Ave, Saco, (207) 283-1624.
Gone with the Wind: Kayaking Rentals, Lessons, and Equipment, (207) 283-8446.
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center: Canoe trips. Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Rt. 9, Scarborough. (207) 883-5100.
Bay View Cruises: 117 passenger boat with scheduled cruises. 184 Commercial St, Portland,(207) 761-0496.
Casco Bay Lines: Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry service to five Casco Bay Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets, Portland, (207) 774-7871.
Coast Watch & Guiding Light Navigation: Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St, Portland, (207) 774-6498.
Fore Street Restaurant 288 Fore Street Portland, ME (207) 775-2717 Try the Mussels and Chocolate Souflee Cake!!
Walter's 15 Exchange St, Portland, ME (207) 871-9258
Cinque Terra 36 Wharf St, Portland, ME (207) 347-6154
Eventide Restaurant 86 Middle St Portland, ME (207) 774-8538 Try the Lobster Roll with Brown Butter!!
Diamond's Edge Great Diamond Island, ME (207) 766-5850 Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the view
Old Orchard Beach:
Yellowfin's 5 Temple Ave Old Orchard Beach, ME (207) 934-1100 (Bring Your Own Wine)
Ken's Place Seafood Restaurant Pine Point Road Scarborough, ME (207) 883 6611
Surf 6 3 East Grand Ave Old Orchard Beach, ME
Azure Cafe 123 Main Street Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-1237
Harraseeket Inn 162 Main Street Freeport, ME 04032 (207) 865-9377
Primo Restaurant 2 South Main St Rockland, ME (207) 596 0770
The Brass Compass Cafe 305 Main St Rockland, ME (207) 596 5960 Try the Lobster Club BLT!
Places to Shop:
Maine is the shopping mecca of New England. One of the most popular shops in Kittery is the Kittery Trading Post specializing in outdoor adventure clothing and equipment. While shopping in Kittery satisfy your appetite at the famed Weathervane Seafood Restaurant. Kittery offers a plethora of brand name shopping choices including Liz Clairborne, Gap/Old Navy, and many more. For kids there is Carter's, Osh Kosh B' Gosh, Toy Liquidators. Mikasa, Villeroy & Boch, Waterford/Wedgesood and Crate & Barrel all have shops in Kittery.
Portland's Old Port:
Portland's Historic District offers over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28 galleries, and numerous pubs. All located in a charming five block area lined with cobblestone streets on Portlands historic waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland. (207) 772-6828. Directions Route 1N to I-295N to: Option 1: Take Exit 4 (Portland Waterfront Exit). Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street into Old Port. Option 2: Take Exit 7(Franklin Arterial). Go to your 4th set of traffic lights. Take right onto Congress Street. Take 3rd left (Exchange Street).
Just north of Portland is more great outlet shopping in Freeport, home to famed 24-hour merchandiser L.L. Bean. In addition to L.L. Bean, Freeport's 120 factory outlets offer the discriminating shopper discount treasures from such well-known names as Brooks Brothers, Dansk, Cole-Haan and Ralph Lauren, as well as the finest Maine-made apparel and crafts.
Rafting in Maine:
Whitewater rafting in Maine is an adventure and an experience you will never forget. Maine whitewater outfitters offer trips on the Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers. Thanks to daily hydropower dam releases, Maine is the only state in the Northeast that can guarantee water levels even during the driest of summers. Rafting season begins May First and continues to mid-October. Outfitters provide a variety of outdoor adventures including overnight camping and rafting trips, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, guided hikes, mountain biking and fishing.
The 12 mile Kennebec trip begins at Harris Station on Indian Pond and flows through the Kennebec Gorge ending at The Forks, the confluence of the Dead and Kennebec Rivers. Class II-V Rapids.
The first 2 miles descend from McKay Station through Ripogenus Gorge. The last 12 miles of rapids end at the take out near Pockwockamus Falls. Class III-V Rapids.
The Dead river offers the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the East. The 16 mile trip begins at Grand Falls and runs through Class IV and V whitewater ending at The Forks.
Raft Maine - Reservations and Information: 1-800-723-8633
Movie Theaters/Summer Theaters:
Cinemagic: Twelve-screen, stadium seating, digital stereo theater and arcade. Route 1, Saco, (207) 282-6234.
Cines 8: 5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford. (207) 282-5995.
Clark's Pond Cinemas: Maine Mall Area, S. Portland. (207) 897-1511.
Maine Mall Cinema: Maine Mall Rd., S. Portland. (207) 774-1022.
City Theater: Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. (207) 282-0849.
Arundel Barn Playhouse Summer Theatre: Just off Route 1, Arundel, Tuesday Saturdays in Season, (207) 985-5552 Take Route 1 South thru Saco and Biddeford and into Arundel. Go left at the light (just prior to Blue Moon Diner) - Playhouse will be 200 yards on your left.
Ogunquit Playhouse Stock Summer Theatre: Rt 1 Ogunquit, (207) 646-5511. Take Route 1 South thru Saco, Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk, Wells and Ogunquit. Playhouse is on left in Ogunquit just prior to York Town Line.