Things To Do In Southern Maine

The Maine Beaches Region of Southern Maine is a must visit area of this small New England state. Whether you're looking for romance, adventure, or family fun, this little corner of Maine has it all. Here are a few of my favorite things to do, see, and eat, in the Maine Beaches area. Mount Agamenticus or Mount A, as it is more easily referred to, can be found rising above the coastline in York, Maine. Now on 10,000 acres of conservation land, Mount A resides on land that was once home to the Algoquin people. There are several parking areas and 8 trails surrounding the mountain. The trails around Mount A are for use of hikers, bikers, and during the winter you can go snowshoeing. Some of the trails are open to ATVs and horseback riders. For such an easy hike, you are rewarded with spectacular views. On a clear day you can not only see the nearby Maine seacoast, but to the west you might be able to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's Mount Washington (Who's surrounding area has some of the best hiking in New Hampshire.) off in the distance.
You know that amazing view you get just minutes after take off from the airport? That's the view you get the entire time you're on a scenic flight. Southern Maine Aviation in located in Sanford, Maine out of the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport. The only thing I would have changed about the flight is I didn't take any motion sickness medication before take off. I was sitting in the backseat, wearing my extremely attractive headset with microphone, and it got a little bumpy bout halfway through the flight. On the vomit scale of 1 to 10 I was at an 8 by the end of the flight. My advice is take a Bonine (a Dramamine alternative that doesn't have the drowsy side effect) a bit before take off to prevent stomach pyrotechnics. The Maine Beaches region is the only coastal area in the entire state that has sandy beaches. All the other coastline is craggy and the waves crash over rocks making it impossible to swim safely.
Beaches in the area are usually very chilly most of the year, but they're not just for swimming. The long stretches of beaches are great for running, picnics (but watch out for the seagulls!), boogie boarding, making sandcastles, or sitting on the beach with a good audiobook. In the area there are several surf shops where visitors can rent surf boards and wetsuits. Garden Street Bowl in Kennebunk, Maine is the perfect place to spend a Friday night. Housed in a building that used to be a grocery store - love the reuse - this sweet bowling alley has 10 lanes and a funky game room. The game room has classic games like skee ball, pin ball (my personal favorite), and Pac Man. What I really loved about the game room was the space set aside for corn hole and bocce ball. Who doesn't love playing corn hole, beer in hand? For me, no vacation is compete without waking up early, at least once, to see the sunrise. I'm usually up on a mountain side, which always provides the perfect sunrise. Ok, not always, but I've seen some pretty amazing ones. During my trip to the Maine Beaches region I got up early 2 days in a row to catch the sunrise.