Sweeten Up at a local sugar shack on Maine Maple Sunday
On March 19th and 20th, many of the state’s maple producers open their doors to the public for tastings, tours, and a behind the scenes sweet peek at Maine maple syrup.
Shed your layers for a few runs of beautiful spring skiing
Two of Maine’s most popular mountain resorts Sugarloaf USA and Sunday River offer not only great spring specials but what some would argue is the best skiing of the year.
Explore the first National Park in the East – for free!
This August, the National Park Service will celebrate its centennial—get a head start on the festivities during the first weekend of National Park week (April 16-17) with free admission to stunning Acadia National Park.
Take advantage of off-season resort specials
Inns that are open through the winter typically offer pretty steep deals October-April, and the others open early to mid-May, and those have early-season deals, too.
Take advantage of the eastern “Land of Lakes”
The Atlantic Ocean isn’t the only waterfront destination in Maine. Head to one of the state’s 5,785 lakes this spring when the landscape fills with blossoms and the fishing season opens. Obtain your recreational fishing license and see what’s biting, and be on the lookout for off-season deals at hunting and fishing lodges. Or, rent a canoe (or kayak) to explore the Pine Tree State, as Thoreau would have.
Don’t miss Maine’s historic lighthouses
Spring is when savvy travelers come to bask in the shadow of Maine’s lighthouses and enjoy breathtaking ocean views when they have the settings to themselves. Many open to the public in May.
Watch spring blossom before your eyes at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Explore on your own, or take a guided tour on land or by boat. The 270-acre gardens open for the season this year April 15, and host hundreds of species of stunning flowers, as well as seasonal exhibits.
Visit Opening Day at Hadlock Field to see tomorrow’s stars today
Be part of the home opener of the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox when they take on the Hartford Yard Goats at Hadlock Field on April 14 at 6pm. The Sea Dogs, with their Slugger the Sea Dog mascot, are one of the most popular minor league teams in the country.
Camp at Baxter State Park
The “summer” season at Governor Percival Baxter’s gift to the people of Maine of this 201,000-acre wilderness park begins April 1, and you can camp in campgrounds or backcountry campsites at the foot of 5270’ Mt. Katahdin. Bunkhouses, lodges, and lean-tos are open to campers with various levels of adventure in mind.
Check out the 43rd Annual Boothbay Harbor Fisherman’s Festival, April 23-25
The annual event to celebrate the harbor’s robust fishing industry kicks off with the Miss Shrimp Pageant and includes events like the Codfish Relay, Tug of War, Buoy Decorating, Lobster Crate Running, and many more. Local bands and restaurants participate as well, making the festival a great destination for the whole family.
Bird lovers don’t want to miss the 13th Annual DownEast Spring Birding Festival, May 27-30. Try and catch a glimpse of the 400 different native bird species on guided explorations, hikes, and boat tours. Past sightings include Atlantic puffins, owls, and bald eagles at one of the premier birding events in New England, one that Yankee Magazine named to their Editor’s Choice list in 2014.
Experience the lobstering life up close and personal
Climb aboard a lobster boat for a look at what the early season looks like before the main haul begins (setting buoys and traps, mostly). There are over a dozen licensed lobster boat tours and most start in May letting you tag along for an authentic behind-the-scenes look at one of Maine’s largest industries.
Explore Maine’s coast by bike
Warming days, blossoms everywhere, make spring biking on Maine’s coastal roadways and bike paths both lovely and memorable. Coastal B&Bs and inns all feature spring specials, so there will always be a cozy place to unwind after the biking.
Experience sustainable, local seafood at the Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration
Learn about sustainable fisheries, marine biology, and more as you savor a full menu of freshly caught Maine seafood, exquisitely prepared. The Portland based Gulf of Maine Research Institute also hosts other culinary events through the spring.
Marvel at wild animals in their natural habitat at the Maine Wildlife Park
This park boasts 30 species of Maine wildlife, including deer, black bears, mountain lions, peregrine falcons, and moose, all rescued specimens who would otherwise perish in the wild. You can buy feed pellets and leave them for the animals or head to the visitor’s center for some interactive learning.
Go on a moose safari
Registered Maine Guide’s in the legendary Moosehead Lake region start taking visitors by van and watercraft into the heart of moose habitat in early May, one of the most productive times to spot moose. Seeing moose in the wild provides one of those proverbial thrills of a lifetime, and Maine Guides make it their craft to know where to find them.
Find your inner adventurer in the Forks
The most famous white water rafting center in New England begins taking adventurers down thundering white water on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers in early May. The water is high, the adrenalin off the charts. Many outfitters like Raft Maine and Northern Outdoors offer lodging and food, along with memories.