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Maine RegionsAll of Maine's regions provide outstanding Maine Activities and Attractions. They are plentiful and cover a huge range of activities for individuals, couples and families who are looking for a great New England getaway or New England vacations in Maine. On this page, we list the Maine regions defined by the Maine State Department of Tourism. All of the New England states have been broken down by region to make it easier for those wishing to visit the state to find exactly what they are looking for. As the largest state in the region, most of Maine remains undeveloped, which makes it a wonderful, quiet place for a great New England getaway or vacation.

In the Maine section of the site, we've provided a list of everything that can be done in Maine from Maine agrtourism, outdoor activities, performing arts and museums, state and national parks, sailing, hiking and all of the things to do in Maine during the summer and fall seasons. When winter rolls around, we'll add winter activities.

Wherever you choose to go on your Maine Getaway or Maine vacations, you can start by looking at our list of things to do in the navigation bar to the left, as well as in each region listed below the Google search box. If you have ideas about the ideal Maine adventure or Maine getaway or vacation, please send an email to jhyde@newenglandtimes.com your humble editor and we'll look into adding it for you and the enjoyment of others.

To view what's available in Maine's regions, click on one of the regions on the map to the right or scroll down.


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Maine is magnificently diverse; the ideal setting for vacations and getaways; weekend romance; weeks of skiing in winter; superb camping in summer; and a magnificent place to see wonderful mountains, gorgeous, rocky seashores and extraordinary state parks.

1. Maine Lakes and Mountains
Western Maine is where the mountains and lakes are. The skiing is great in winter, the spring unfolds breathtakingly, summer offers spectacular views and getaway serenity and summer offers water sports of all descriptions. There's also plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking, golf, skiing and camping. The region is also dotted with wonderful New England villages and towns. Among the attractions are: Auburn Fire Dept. Museum in Auburn; Knight House Museum in Auburn; Narramissic/Historic Peabody-Fitch Farm in Bridgton; Nathaniel Hawthorne's Boyhood Home in Casco; Nordica Memorial Homestead in Farmington; The Public Theatre in Auburn; Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston; and The Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris.

2. Southern Maine Coast
The coastal scenery is amazing here, broad beaches of pure white sand. Also here are the historic coastal towns of Kittery, The Yorks, Wells, Ogunquit, The Kennebunks, and Old Orchard Beach. Lobster abounds in most of the eateries and there are plenty of shopping outlets to keep you busy. All of the water sports plus golf, hiking and biking make this a great region to spend time. Among the attractions are: Biddeford Historical Society, McArthur Library in Biddeford; First Parish Meeting House in Biddeford; Tory Hill Meeting House in Buxton; Shoals Marine Laboratory in Isles of Shoals; Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk; St. Francis Monastery and Shrines in Kennebunk; Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport; Fort McClary Blockhouse-Historic Site in Kittery; Railway City U.S.A., Model Railroad Museum in Kittery; Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Ogunquit; and Hamilton House in South Berwick.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT AT THE SOUTHERN MAINE COAST
Foster's Downeast Clambake Seafood
Route 1A . York Harbor . Maine 03911 | 800.552.0242 207.363.3255 feast@fostersclambake.com

In 1951, Bill Foster of York Harbor, Maine, offered the use of his land to the Civic Club of York for a sportsmen's show and agreed to put on a clambake to help the club earn money. This led to many private parties and the birth of Foster's Downeast Clambakes.

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3. Greater Portland
Portland is rich in history and home to many historical landmarks and forts. The region comprises classic New England villages, lovely sandy beaches and Freeport, home of L.L. Bean. Among the many attractions are: Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth; Desert of Maine in Freeport; Pettengill Farm in Freeport; Baxter House in Gorham; Fifth Maine Regiment Museum in Peaks Island; Center for Maine History Museum in Portland; Children's Museum of Maine in Portland; First Parish Church (1825) in Portland; Maine College of Art Montgomery Memorial Gallery in Portland; Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum in Portland; Portland Museum of Art in Portland; and Portland Observatory in Portland.

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4. Mid-Coast
This region is home to seaside resorts and wondrous vistas. Here and you can sail on a windjammer, go whale watching or kayaking, find puffins, seals and dolphins and really enjoy nature. There's also plenty of just-caught lobster. Among the attractions are: Eagle Island State Historic Site; Old Head Tide Church in Alna; Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna; Maine Maritime Museum in Bath; Belfast Museum in Belfast; Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay; Kenneth E. Stoddard Shell Museum in Boothbay; Pemaquid Point Light in Bristol; Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick; First in Brunswick; Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick; Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum in Brunswick; and Skolfield-Whittier House in Brunswick.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT IN THE MID-COAST
Galen Moses House, Bath, METhe Galen C. Moses House Bed & Breakfast
1009 Washington Street . Bath . Maine 04530
Toll Free: 888.442.8771 . 207.442.8771 | E-mail: stay@galenmoses.com

Being a guest at The Galen C. Moses House is like dwelling in a living museum, surrounded by reminders of the vast wealth that flowed through the city of Bath 150 years ago. Indeed, the history of Bath, the ambiance of Washington Street, and the special design of The Galen C. Moses House becomes a total emersion in history for those who visit.

The Tradewinds Motor Inn
2 Park Drive . Rockland . Maine 04841 | 1.800.834.3130 207.596.6661 | E-Mail: twmi@midcoast.com

The Tradewinds Motor Inn is located in the heart of midcoast Maine in beautiful Rockland, on the shores of the majestic Penobscot Bay. This is a fantastic place to visit with a variety of local amenities and area attractions. Our Inn features many guest services to make your stay more comfortable. Please investigate our site to learn more about them, and more about this wonderful vacation destination.

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5. Kennebec & Moose River Valleys
If you're looking for great outdoor recreation, this is the region for you. The Upper Kennebec and Moose River Valleys offer more than ample opportunity for for whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling. In the fall, this region is aswath is myriad colors as the leaves give up their green. The Kenebec known for great fishing, played a crucial role during the American Revolution. This region is also home to Maine's capital, Augusta. Among the attractions are: Blaine House in Augusta; Children's Discovery Museum in Augusta; Maine Military Historical Society Museum in Augusta; Maine State Museum in Augusta; Old Fort Western in Augusta; State Capitol Building in Augusta; The Old Canada Road Historical Society in Bingham; Dr. John Hubbard Office Museum in Hallowell; L.C. Bates Museum, Campus of Good Will in Hinckley; The Theater At Monmouth in Monmouth; and Nowetah's American Indian Museum and Gift Store in New Portland.

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6. The Maine Highlands
Moose and deer characterize this region as they forrage through wonderful woodlands. The Highlands is home to 200,000-acre Baxter State Park, Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in the Northeast, and Mount Katahdin, the tallest peak in Maine. The Penobscot and Kennebec rivers offer outstanding whitewater rafting opportunities. Outdoor recreation is paramount here. Camping, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, snowshowing and skiing are among the many possible activities. Among the attractions are: Bangor Museum and Center for History in Bangor; Bangor Police Museum in Bangor; Galen Cole Family Foundation's Land Transportation Museum in Bangor; Isaac Farrar Mansion in Bangor; Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor; Maine Forest & Logging Museum in Bradley; Katahdin Iron Works in Brownville; Stewart M. Lord Memorial Historical Society in Burlington; Blacksmith Shop Museum in Dover-Foxcroft; S/S Katahdin (1914) & Moosehead; Kinsley House Museum, Hampden Historical Society, Museum and Archives in Hampden; and Penobscot Nation Museum in Indian Island.

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7. Downeast & Acadia
Here the glacial erratics of Acadia National Park and the strange tides of Cobscook and Passamaquoddy Bays are awesome to behold. There's lots of history here, as well as all kind of sea birds, including puffins. On the coast, you can watch whales and go seakayaking. In the lakes there are exceptional canoeing, fishing and hunting opportunities and you can do some rock climbing in the nooks and crannies of Downeast & Acadia. Nestled along the shore is wonderful and quaint Bar Harbor. Among the attractions are: Quoddy Head State Park; Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission; Alexander-Crawford Historical Society in Alexander; Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor; Acadia National Park Nature Center in Bar Harbor; Dorr Museum of Natural History in Bar Harbor; Mount Desert Oceanarium/The Lobster Hatchery in Bar Harbor; St. Saviours Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor; Holt House, Blue Hill Historical Society in Blue Hill; Jonathan Fisher House in Blue Hill; Downeast Heritage Center in Calais; St. Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais and Ste-Croix 2004 in Calais.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT DOWNEAST AND IN ARCADIA
Riverside Bed & Breakfast
1115 Washington Street . Bath . Maine 04530
800.705.0367 . 207.386.0445 | stay@riversidebedandbreakfast.com

The historic Rice farm Campground is located on the banks of the lower Penobscot River in Millinocket, Maine. The campground has canvas cabin tents with screened doors and windows, four cots with all bedding, a gas light, a fire ring and a picnic table.

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8. Aroostook County
Aroostook County is Maine's largest county and where its famous potato fields are. You can fish, swim, canoe or kayak in any of the area's 2,000 lakes. The cross-country skiing is great in winter and enjoy the agrarian lifestyle. There are also lots of festivals and fairs. Among the attractions are: Ashland Logging Museum in Ashland; Nylander Museum in Caribou; Thomas Heritage House in Caribou; Fort Fairfield Blockhouse in Fort Fairfield; Fort Kent Blockhouse, Historic Site in Fort Kent; Fort Kent State Historic Site in Fort Kent; Musee et Centre Culturel du Mont-Carmel in Grand Isle; Aroostook County Historical & Art Museum in Houlton; Island Falls Historical Society Museum in Island Falls; Webb Museum of Vintage Fashion in Island Falls; Musee culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille-sur-St-Jean; Madouesk Historic Center & Acadian Cross Historic Shrine in Madawaska; Maine's Swedish Colony, Inc. in New Sweden; Oakfield Railroad Museum in Oakfield; Lumberman's Museum in Patten; and Northern Maine Museum of Science/UM Presque Isle in Presque Isle.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT IN AROOSTOOK COUNTY
New England Outdoor Center
Medway Road . Millinocket . Maine 04462 | 800.766.7238 . 207.723.5438
E-Mail: info@neoc.com

The historic Rice farm Campground is located on the banks of the lower Penobscot River in Millinocket, Maine. The campground has canvas cabin tents with screened doors and windows, four cots with all bedding, a gas light, a fire ring and a picnic table. Or bring your own tent and camp in a spacious campsite that includes a picnic table and fire ring.

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