Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Boothbay Harbor

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

These magnificent gardens are one of the state's most popular attractions. The verdant waterfront kingdom has 270 acres, with groomed trails winding through forest, meadows and ornamental gardens blooming with both …
Top Choice Museum in Bath

Maine Maritime Museum

On the western bank of the Kennebec River, this wonderful museum preserves the Kennebec's long shipbuilding tradition with paintings, models and hands-on exhibits that tell the tale of the past 400 years of seafarin…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Rockland

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Tackle the rugged stone breakwater that stretches almost 1 mile into Rockland Harbor from Jameson Point at the harbor's northern shore. Made of granite blocks, this 'walkway' – which took 18 years to build – ends at…
Top Choice Museum in Rockland

Farnsworth Art Museum

One of the country's best small regional museums, the Farnsworth houses a collection spanning 200 years of American art. Artists who have lived or worked in Maine are the museum's definite strength – look for works …
Top Choice State Park in Camden

Camden Hills State Park

With more than 30 miles of trails, this densely forested park is a choice place to take in the Midcoast's magic. A favorite hike is the 45-minute (half-mile) climb up 780ft Mt Battie, which offers exquisite views ov…
Top Choice Museum in Searsport

Penobscot Marine Museum

The superb Penobscot Marine Museum houses Maine’s biggest collection of mariner art and artifacts, which are spread through a number of historic buildings. There's some wonderfully evocative photography collections,…
College in Brunswick

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin, established in 1794, is one of the oldest colleges in the US and the alma mater of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne and US president Franklin Pierce. For a tour of the handsome campus, follow…
State Park in Bath

Popham Beach State Park

This 6-mile-long sandy stretch is one of the prettiest in the state, with views of offshore islands and the Kennebec and Morse Rivers framing either end. Lifeguards are on hand in July and August, but be aware that …
Park in Pemaquid Point

Pemaquid Lighthouse Park

Maine's most famous lighthouse is the 1827 Pemaquid Point Light, which was featured on the special-edition Maine quarter. It's perched dramatically above rock-crashing surf in Pemaquid Lighthouse Park. The keeper's …
Gallery in Rockland

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The CMCA moved from Rockport to Rockland in summer 2016, and its fabulous new home is a clever, glass-enclosed space with a sawtooth roofline, designed by Toshiko Mori. The new digs are perfect for featuring exhibit…