7 Top-Rated Maine Tourist Attractions
1 Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is home to a rugged and beautiful stretch of coastline, inland lakes and streams, and forests. It provides a playground for locals and visitors who enjoy the outdoors. A scenic road winds its way through the park past a number of attractions. The park also has well over a hundred miles of hiking trails for all levels of ability. There are two campgrounds within the park.
The little coastal town of Kennebunkport, 12.5 miles south of Portland, is very popular in summer. Features of interest are the Seashore Trolley Museum and the local history collection in Town House School. Dock Square is a restored area of the town with many shops and galleries. A scenic walkway begins from the square and leads out to Walker's Point.
The town also has several historic building and homes which can be seen on a self-guided walking tour of the area.
3 Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, located on the college campus in Brunswick, features a varied collection of pieces, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. Rotating temporary exhibits, gallery talks, tours, symposia, publications, and lectures take place throughout the year.
4 Old Fort Western Museum on the Kennebec
The Old Fort Western Museum on the Kennebec is a wooden fort which was built in 1754. It is the oldest of its kind in New England and has been well restored. The fort provides exhibits and information on the fort and the history of the area during the mid 18th century. Also available are a number of educational programs designed to create learning experiences for students.
5 Boothbay Harbor
Boothbay Harbor was once a shipping port but today it is primarily a popular a summer resort. Ocean-related activities are popular with tourists, including deep-sea fishing, river and ocean cruises, and whale watching. The downtown area has numerous antique shops, galleries, and stores selling everything from jewelry and pottery to toys and books.
6 Monhegan Island
Monhegan Island is a small island that lies 10 miles off the coast of Maine. There are no cars or paved roads on the island and it is mainly a fishing and lobstering area. The population is less than 75 people. During the summer months visitors often take day trips to the island from Boothbay Harbor, New Harbor, and Port Clyde.
7 Victoria Mansion - Portland
Victoria Mansion is an extraordinary Italian style villa built in the mid 19th century. The architecture and the interior details are exquisite, and the home provides a glimpse into how Portland's wealthy lived during this time period. Most of the furnishings are original.