Monday, March 28, 2011

Summer Travel in Southern Maine

At lot of people travel to Maine in the summer or as we call it "Tourist Season - just like hunting season except you can't shot them". I thought I'd list some of our favorite destinations and a few we're hoping to visit but we've heard good reviews about - most of these will be in Southern Maine (primarily south of Portland and some in Portsmouth NH region). I've linked as many of them as I could with their websites so you can get more information. Drop me a line if you need more information. I'd be happy to help.

The Kittery Historical Society & Naval Museum - Rogers Road, Kittery - Maritime History and Kittery area history.  Young boys will love it!

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - Portsmouth NH/Kittery, ME  - Our nation's oldest shipyard(some area's open for tours on a case by case basis - see FAQ's for more information - this is still worth a drive by as you can see different area's from different locations). 

John Paul Jones House - Portsmouth (NH) Historical Society - Middle St, Portsmouth NH - Did he or didn't he sleep here?  You be the judge.  Beautiful grounds, nice exhibits of Portsmouth and seacoast life from the 17th through 19th century.  Children will find some of the stories very intersting and the place is very welcoming to well behaved youngsters.

Sarah Orne Jewett House & Hamilton House - South Berwick, ME (within 2 miles of each other).  All of Historic New England's Maine properties are worth a visit.  Home of famed writer Sarah Orne Jewett.  Beautiful and well kept, lots of beautiful objects and very intersting stories about Sarah (who was a rebel in her time).  Hamilton House is a short drive down the road.  Amazing gardens (nice picnic spot).  House tour is well worth the price of admission.  Great history from our seafaring times up to the early 20th century. 

Greater York Area - Kittery, York, Wells, Ogunquit - Lots of tourist, lots of great eats, antique shops, summer theatre, great beaches and amusement style fun/arcades.  Hiking, biking, conservation areas.

Funtown/Splashtown USA - Saco ME amusement park.  Clean, well kept - family fun.

Cresent Beach/Kettle Cove State Park - Cape Elizabeth, ME - Nice, family friendly.  generally quiet surf. No arcades to blow your hard earned money in!  Nice for kite flying and bird watching.

Willowbrook Museum - Newfield, ME - 19th century village.  Like a step back in time.  Nice country drive too boot!

Portland Head Light & Fort Williams Park - World famous and one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US.  Nice walking trails and picnic area.  Can be crowded around major holidays though there is ample parking.  Go mid-week, early morning or mid-afternoon for most privacy.  I have found a good deal of sea glass on the small beach (ssshhh don't tell anyone).

Portland Maine - Old Port.  Lots of things to do, places to see, great food!  Visit DiMillo's floating restaurant for a great lunch or even Gritty's for even better beer and ale (good burgers too).  Lot of tour companies here for boat rides on Casco Bay.  Least expensive option, especially if you don't have a lot of time is to take the Casco Bay Ferry over to Peak's Island you can hop off an walk around for an hour or stay on board can come right back. 

Peak's Island - Was once referred to as the Coney Island of Maine - no amusement parks or games though, just quiet and serene island twenty minutes from Portland.  Rent bikes, have lunch, walk the beaches along Casco Bay. 

I will update this post as time goes on.


Firefly Mom said...

"Tourist Season - just like hunting season except you can't shot them". You should suggest that as your new state motto! LOL

Unknown said...

I did - rejected! Our new governor has absolutely NO sense of humor.