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Few states claim as many iconic images as Maine. Think about the fact that the northern state of New England, and it immediately came to mind, the windmills were completely rigged, the waves were breaking on the rocky shore, the fishing harbors were filled with colorful boats, lighthouses and tall pine trees. Miles and wilderness miles inhabited by moose hold their own mysticism, creating images of a single canoe, barely interlacing the mirror surface of a lake surrounded by forest, or rainbow trout jumping from crystal clear water.
The great thing about Maine is that it will not disappoint tourists who come with these romantic looks. Lighthouses have cross-points from York to Cweddy Head, and between them lie dozens of cozy little fishing harbors and miles a mile from the rocky whipped shore. Windmills weave between islands, dressed in fir, only on the shelf, and brightly colored lobster cobblestones beat in the water, and lobster boats swing between them to pull traps. But Maine’s attractions aren’t all in iconic images, and between its museums, breathtaking gardens, art heritage, historic sites, outdoor activities and natural wonders, you are spoiled for choice on what to do during your vacation in Maine.
- Thing to do number 1: Visit Ski Resort Snow Bowl
- Thing to do number 2: Visit Zoobotanico Brusque Park
- Thing to do number 3: Go to the Sand Beach
- Thing to do number 4: Go to Saddleback Resort
- Thing to do number 5: Go to the Lost Valley
- Thing to do number 6: Visit Acadia National Park
- Thing to do number 7: Have a Great Time at the Sunday River Ski Resort
- Thing to do number 8: Go to the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine
- Thing to do number 9: Visit Museum of Art in Portland
- Thing to do number 10: Visit the coastal city of Kennebunkport
- Thing to do number 11: Go to Monhegan
- Thing to do number 12: Go to the Orchard Old Garden
Snow Bowl is a municipal ski resort in Camden, Maine. From a height of 1300 Ragged Mantin, where the ski slopes begin, the incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean opens. This view in the east is possible only in this place. The Snow Bowl is truly a place “where the mountains meet the sea.”
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, many other winter activities are also featured here.
- The slope of snow tubing will provide pleasure to all family members.
- Ice skating at the Hosmer Pond, as well as breathtaking tobogganing.
- National luge championships are held here on the first weekend of February.
- There are tracks for snowmobiling and skiing. Four lifts lift 850 feet. One chair lift, two T-shaped and a surface for lifting in the area for beginners with ten tracks and a relief park.
All tracks lead back to the house, where you will be served with maximum comfort. Snow Bowl Resort also provides skiing and snowboarding training services, and there is a rental of all equipment. Most tracks are serviced daily.
Interesting: More than 45 percent of the resort is covered by artificial snow systems to prevent spoiled vacations due to lack of snow.
Zoobotánico Brusque Park is a well-known and eagerly visited zoo-botanical park in the municipality of Brusque. The park was created in 1992. Currently, it is a captive breeding laboratory for animals and birds. The area of the park is 120 thousand square meters. About 140 species of animals live here:
- deer, and others.
It is striking in its species diversity and vegetation. The park has become a cozy home for many birds:
- toucans, and others.
In order to organize excursion routes, a trail with a length of 3.200 meters was laid. An interesting attraction of the park is the existing ski lift that connects the Zoobotánico Brusque park with the Morro de Caixa d’Agua park.
Interesting: The lift’s path is 578 meters, and the trip at an altitude of 30 meters lasts 13 minutes.The park has a restaurant and snack bar.
Sand Beach attracts travelers with its unusual and amazing nature. This white sandy beach with clear turquoise water and small cliffs along the entire beach is ideal for families.
- It is a magnificent small beach (290 meters long) located between the mountains and rocky shores on the eastern part of Acadia National Park, in Newport Harbor.
- Also, this beach is suitable for various water sports. Not far from the beach there is an equipment rental point where you can also order a surfing master class.
Interesting: On the beach, there is a parking lot, changing rooms and a shower, a rental of beach equipment and a bar with soft drinks.
Saddleback Ski Resort is located in Maine. It is equipped with five lifts and has 54 runs. The height of the resort above sea level is just over 695 meters, and the vertical drop is 610 meters. Cross-country skiing trails with a length of 20 km are also equipped.
Tourists come here both in winter and in summer. It offers good snow conditions, and the annual rainfall is fixed at five meters. In addition, the resort has professional equipment for adjusting the snow conditions.
Cross-country skiing enthusiasts also prefer this resort, which features well-prepared flat trails. In summer, you can:
- Play golf;
- canoe, kayak;
- and just enjoy the beautiful views of numerous lakes and rivers.
Interesting: Tourists are offered to rent fishing rods and other fishing tackle.
Lost Valley Ski Resort is located in the northeastern United States, Maine. The base includes 15 runs and two funiculars.
- The Lost Valley ski base was opened in 1961, and was the first in the United States to use artificial snow cover.
- All descents are roughly equally divided into three categories of difficulty, but there are a few more tracks for beginners.
The recreation center located here also provides an opportunity to have a delicious lunch after skiing, and also offers rental of specialized equipment.
Interesting: Here, you can order classes with an instructor and, by the way, the specialists working here are considered one of the most qualified in the United States.
The area of the park is about 200 square kilometers. The national park includes various attractions:
- Mount Deserg Island and the smaller islands of Baker, Ile-o-O, which are adjacent to the main island.
- The park has existed for about 100 years. There are not only rivers, lakes, and islands. It is rich in dense forests, a wide variety of wildlife. Here you can find squirrels, wolves, cougars, moose, beavers.
Nora Cadillac in the park is the highest point. Its height is about 500 meters. When climbing a mountain, the Eagle Lake, popular with tourists, opens up to the gaze. On the ocean, in the park, you can watch whales, dolphins and even seals.
Interesting: Acadia Park, to a greater extent, is a summer reserve, because in winter it is closed to tourists. Nevertheless, over the course of the park’s attendance from July to September, more than two million people manage to visit it during the year.
The Sunday River ski resort has been open since 1959. It is considered one of the largest and most visited in Maine. The highest point is 960 meters, and the vertical drop is 710 meters. The longest track in this resort is 5.63 km long.
- Sunday River ski resort is equipped with 16 ski lifts, 4 of which are high-speed. The slopes here are suitable for skiing even with children.
- Guests stay at the Jordan and Summit hotels, and they also offer rental of comfortable apartments.
- This resort attracts with guaranteed availability of snow starting in November, at least artificial. In summer, people come here to play golf on the local slopes, go for walks or ride mountain bikes through the picturesque area.
Interesting: Some lifts also operate here in the summer. The Sunday River sports and fitness center offers its services, where you can do fitness, swimming, use the sauna, massage services and beauty services.
The Portland Children’s Museum is the main thing in the city that can be done for young children and young children. It offers three floors of interactive games and learning opportunities that will keep children active for hours.
- The entire floor of the museum is dedicated to the exhibition Our City, where children can shop at the farmers market, diagnose and treat teddy bears, crawl from a fire pole and even milk an exact cow.
- Another popular area is Discovery Forest, where they can learn basic survival skills, climb kids’ stone walls and learn about the local wildlife from the Youth Rangers.
- Other attractions include a space shuttle cabin complete with cosmonaut clothes and an abundance of switches, a Tidepool touch tank where children can sense creatures such as starfish and sea urchins, a mini-planetarium, and a dressing room where public performances are also held.
Interesting: Families are encouraged to play together and contribute to the museum’s ever-expanding mural at the “Creating Communities” exhibition on diversity, or to experiment with light and lenses in Camera Obscura.
The Portland Museum of Art collection includes fine and decorative art dating back to the 1700s. The museum’s collections are dedicated to American and European paintings, and also include many other tools, such as sculpture, ceramics, furniture and other works that store more than 18,000 works. This includes over 650 Winslow Homer’s works, including oil paintings, etchings, and watercolors. Those wishing to visit the nearby Winslow Homer House can purchase tickets at the museum.
The museum is also home to the work of major artists, including:
- Picasso and O’Keefe.
Interesting: Special exhibitions are also held here, its extensive collection is regularly updated, and specialized exhibitions of artists from the State of Maine are also held. The museum also offers family events and activities, as well as lectures and curatorial discussions.
The small coastal city of Kennebunkport, located 12.5 miles south of Portland, is very popular in the summer.
- The majestic houses of the former ship captains and owners, some of which were carefully restored as bed and breakfast, were lined in quiet streets, and you can learn about it on a walk with independent guidance or in the historical society of Kennebunkport’s First Family Museum, in the house of the Greek Renaissance of 1853.
- The small shopping area of the restored marinas around Doc Square is filled with galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Parsons Way, a scenic path, starts from the square and leads along the coast to Walker Point.
Interesting: Two miles east of Dock Square is the still active fishing village of Cape Porpoise, with many shops and galleries, as well as working frontal boats. Also of interest is the Seashore Trolley Museum, In nearby Kennebunk, find the Outstanding Brick Store Museum and drive past the fancy Wedding Cake on Summer Street.
Monhegan is a small island that is located 10 miles off the coast of Maine, and although it is one of the many inhabited coastal islands, over the years it has achieved significant status. This is largely due to its long history as a colony of artists, combined with many of the stories of its hardy population and their life in this boisterous outpost. There are no cars or paved roads on the island, and its 75-year-old residents are mainly engaged in fishing and ablution.
- In summer, guests can take day trips to the island from Boothbay Harbor, New Harbor and Port Clyde, but they will only have three to four hours ashore.
- Monhegan’s combination of sturdy granite cliffs (the highest ocean cliffs in Maine), the roar of waves and unique light combined with the air of the pristine fishing village made it a place for artists from the mid-1800s.
- artists who currently work there, you will find many studios and galleries. Birds also love Monhegan, and its 12 miles of trails lead to distant corners and soaring capes.
Interesting: Be very careful on coastal cliffs somewhere along the south or back of the island, where waves of outcasts and a fierce foot are constant dangers.
An unflappable old-fashioned beach resort, Orchard Old Garden revels in the somewhat sticky hockey subtle atmosphere of its pier and thrill in New England’s only remaining full-blown Amusement Park on the beach. So start your shoes, return to the mid-century summer fun and treat yourself to a little nostalgia. The Palace Playland has all the anticipated attractions:
- a Ferris wheel right above the waves,
- a roller coaster,
- an old-fashioned carousel,
- cars with bumpers and dozens of other pleasant pleasures.
Interesting: Fries, soft ice cream, salted brackish and fried dough are sold on the pier counter and on street glasses. The highlight of all this is the full seven miles of golden sandy beach with free public access.