Summer is the highlight of the year on the Maine coast. The months we look forward to the most are July and August, with the bonus of June and September. This is when the warmth of the sun brings the best of outdoor activities to the forefront. The beaches of southern Maine are perfect, sunny with gentle surf and plenty of sand to stroll, or just sit in your beach chair. Temperatures are in the 70s and 80s by day and cool to a refreshing 60 in the evening. Peak summer is perfect for swimming, sun bathing, boating, golfing and biking. There is something magical about Maine coast town in summer, everything is open and awaiting the happy visitors. Colors are vibrant, from the beautiful flowers and bright welcome signs, to the festivals each weekend in each coastal town. Hotel and motels are ready for families on vacation or couples looking for a relaxing beach getaway. Boat charters offer daily rides around the harbors to lighthouses, and at sunset for cocktail cruises.
The focal point of summer on the southern Maine coast is of course the beach. From York to Ogunquit, Wells to Kennebunk. Old Orchard Beach to Portland, there are so many beautiful sand beaches to explore. But there is much more to do and see, like scenic shoreland walking paths and bike trails, salt marshes and estuaries, amusement parks and attractions for the kids, museums and historic sites like Fort McClary in Kittery to Fort Williams in Portland.
There is an abundance of watersports awaiting in summer on the southern Maine coast. You can rent a kayak or canoe and explore the rivers and harbors, or take a scenic lobster boat ride from Ogunquit or Kennebunkport to see the islands, lighthouses and shore from the beautiful blue waters. Fishing trips and sailboat tours are an exciting way to get out on the water as well leaving from the Maine harbors of Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunk, and Portland.
Southern Maine has miles of beautiful bike paths, both for road bikes and mountain bikes. Hiking and walking paths are everywhere for you to explore, especially at nature preserves like Wells Reserve and Laudholm Farm. Families will find mini-golf, the York Zoo, and waterparks like Funtown Splashtown along Route 1 in southern Maine.
Since summer is peak in Maine, it is wise to plan your trip and call head to reserve for lodging, or book your summer lodging online. While most coastal towns have availability midweek in summer, the best hotels and beachfront motels often fill up particularly on weekends, so having a reservation makes your travel that much smoother. You can check in and spend the day exploring the town of Wells, Kennebunkport or Freeport instead of searching for a place to stay.
Maine summer food is decadent and delicious, with an abundance of fresh farm raised treats, plus of course fresh caught Maine lobster is in season, and fried clams. There are homemade ice cream parlors on every small town corner too.
Summer is a time of celebration in Maine, with festival and fireworks and outdoor concerts weekly. Old Orchard Beach displays fireworks every Thursday night in season from the Pier in the center of the seven mile beach. Kennebunk has weekly concerts in the park and a Maine Shakespeare Festival too. Freeport has outdoor film festivals and concerts all summer sponsored by LL Bean.
Summer is truly the best time in Maine, so make plans now to come spend time on the southern Maine coast. We’ll save some a spot in the sand for you. But... should you miss us in the summer... there is always fall in Maine!