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New Rafting Pic - ELC Outdoor Adventure Outpost - Errol, NH
ELC Outdoors

49 Schoolhouse Brook Road Caratunk, ME, 04925 Phone: 603-215-0002

Big ideas for big outdoor adventures? This company has what you’re looking for

ELC Outdoors thinks big when it comes to their outdoor attractions, from thrilling white water rafting down the Rapid River in Maine to stepping across platforms at a high ropes course 12 to 40 feet off the ground, with Mount Washington in the distance. But if that sounds like a little too much heart-stopping adventure for you, the company also offers more leisurely (and sedate) rafting trips down New Hampshire’s Androscoggin River, canoe paddles across gorgeous Lake Umbagog (yes, you may see a moose or a bald eagle and, yes, you should bring a fishing pole) and evening wildlife cruises aboard a pontoon boat. You can also rent a fat bike to take to local trails – or stay overnight in a yurt!
Lakeside Ride - 201 Powersports - Bingham, ME
201 Powersports

29 Main Street Bingham, ME, 04920 Phone: 207-672-3773

Plenty of options to explore and enjoy the outdoors over dirt, water or snow

There are lots of ways to enjoy the great outdoors (and it’s really great in Maine), and 201 Powersports has several of them ready and waiting for you. Want to pump up the adrenaline? Rent an ATV or snowmobile and let Powersports plan a customized adventure for you. Looking to chill? Go on a pontoon boat cruise on historic and scenic Wyman Lake. Or, combine a pontoon cruise with a dirt-trail adventure in the north Maine woods. With over 15 years of recreational experience and an extensive inventory of top-of-the-line Polaris ATVs and snowmobiles, Powersports guarantees an exciting and hassle-free experience for new and experienced riders, whether it’s over dirt, water or snow.
Stunning Sunset 500x250 - Attean Lake Lodge - Jackman, ME
Attean Lake Lodge

On Birch Island in Attean Lake Jackman, ME, 04945 Phone: 207-668-3792

An Island Retreat Offering Water Sports, Hikes, Shopping & Golf

Your stay at Attean Lake Lodge may be complicated by one difficult task: deciding among the entertaining activities beckoning to you. Since you’re on an island, playing on and in the water will come naturally at the many sandy beaches around the lake. Pick your choice of canoeing, kayaking or sailing – or how about a little of each? In June and September especially, bring your fishing license and match wits with the native brook trout, landlocked salmon and lake trout. Hikers enjoy the nearly 20 miles of trails we maintain, leading to ponds and mountaintops, with berry picking along the way. Other off-island adventures could include a white-water rafting trip, golfing, shopping or even a ride to Quebec City, just an hour away.
Whitewater Fun 500x250 - Crab Apple Whitewater - The Forks, ME
Crab Apple Whitewater (ME)

3 Lake Moxie Road The Forks, ME, 04985 Phone: 800-553-7238

Adventures for every level of whitewater rafter – plus paintball and moose safaris

Adventure awaits on the Kennebec and Dead rivers when you arrive at Crab Apple Whitewater’s base lodge. After breakfast, head to the rivers for world-class whitewater and breathtaking scenery. Some trips are guided, for families and beginners (lots of time for floating and swimming); others challenge rapids like the Class IV-V “Poplar Hill Falls.” Some come with riverside snacks; others with cookouts. Stay overnight at the lodge (in bunk-style rooms or suites with Jacuzzi tubs), play some night-time paintball in one of several custom courses, climb to Maine’s highest waterfall or just relax by the pool. For another kind of adventure, there’s the moose safari, from May through August, leaving at dusk in search of the gentle giants.
Greeting Crew - Shin Pond Village - Mt. Chase, ME
Shin Pond Village

1489 Shin Pond Road Mt. Chase, ME, 04765 Phone: 207-528-2900

Choose from a long list of fun activities at this picturesque resort

The menu of activities to choose from at Shin Pond Village is a long one, and all the choices are good. At this family owned and operated recreational resort, on 100 acres in the picturesque Katahdin Region, with views of Mt. Chase, you can rent a top-of-the-line Polaris side-by-side ATV and explore hundreds of miles of trails literally from the resort’s doorstep. In winter, switch to snowmobiles, skiing or snowshoeing. Take your snowmobile out to a pond or lake and go ice fishing. Hike to Shin Brook Falls or the public beach on Lower Shin Pond. Go canoeing or camping. Lodging includes campsites, RV sites, cottages and waterfront homes. The resort has a restaurant, laundromat and general store.
snowmobiling in maine
Have Snowmobile; Will Travel ... in Maine

To say the snowmobile trails in Maine are some of the finest in the country would be an understatement at best. Maine’s Interconnected Trail System (ITS) is provided to snowmobilers through the joint effort of the Maine Snowmobile Association, headquartered in Augusta, and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Department of Conservation. The organization’s website provides maps and directions, information on trail conditions and planning a trip, calendars of snowmobiling events, activities, directories of snowmobiling clubs, and other great things to do. You can get a detailed map of the Interconnected Trail System by contacting the Maine Snowmobile Association at PO Box 80, Augusta, 04332. Phone: 207-622-6983
Museum L-A in Lewiston ME
History and Culture of Mills on Display Here

From the 1850s to the 1950s the textile mills, shoe mills and brickyards of Lewiston and neighboring Auburn (L-A) made up the state's largest manufacturing center. Museum L-A, located in the Bates Mill Compex off of Chestnut Street, facing Canal Street, in Lewiston, documents the industries and the people who made them thrive. Within the 1850s Bates Mill, the museum displays vintage machinery, tools, shoes and quilts along with an oral history tour of mill workers from both cities. Open year-round, daily except Mondays. 207-333-3881.
dogsledding near Millinocket
Dogsledding – Not for Alaskans Only

Ar you looking for some off-road fun in Maine? A business called Maine Dogsledding Adventures in Millinocket stands ready to offer you a day following a dog pack-- on a dog sled. Tours meet at the kennel near Millinocket, where guests meet the huskies and ask questions. Then you board the sleds and mush 10-12 miles in the forest and lake wilderness just south of Baxter Park. a stop on the trip includes a bonfire and time to feed the dogs. guests may drive the sled or ride as a passenger; no experience necessary! 207-731-8888.
morning crescent sled dogs
Begin Your Day with Mush on the Dog Sled Trail

Morning Crescent Sled Dogs, located near the town of Bethel, wants to show you the fun and adventure of dog sledding. The company offers rides and instruction for people of all ages and abilities. The half-day tour is an introduction to dog sledding that includes basic instruction and time on the trail totaling about three hours. The full-day tour allows more hands-on teaching and more time on the trail (about five or six hours) learning the art, skill and magic that is dog sledding. [photo: Caroline Blair-Smith]
Kennebunk rail trail
Kennebunk Rail Trail Invites You to Use Your Legs

Get out and put those legs to use! The 6.5-mile Kennebec River Rail Trail is one of Maine’s great outdoor attractions. The trail welcomes locals and visitors alike for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and dog walking. The trail parallels the existing rail bed along the Kennebec River, and stretches from Augusta Maine's Waterfront Park, through the towns of Hallowell and Farmingdale, to its conclusion in the city of Gardiner. Bring the entire family and explore the wonderful activities that Maine has to offer along the Kennebec River Rail Trail.
Cochran Camps on Cochran Lake in New Limerick, Maine
Cozy Cabins Welcome You After a Day Outdoors

If you want to get outdoors and also want a nearby, warm, and cozy retreat, get in touch with Cochran Camps on Cochran Lake in New Limerick, Maine, 10 miles east of Houlton. A rental cabin on the lake sleeps six people. Cochran is a quiet, secluded, lake with easy access to bird watching, hiking, swimming, canoeing, golfing, skiing, mountain climbing, biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding, hunting, fishing and other great outdoor activities. For evenings, it is just a short drive to a movie theater or shopping in Houlton. Cabins operate year-round. Phone: 207-532-7336
Duty Free Americas in Houlton, Maine
From Wines to Watches, All the Prices Are Fine

Stop, shop, and save before visiting Canada. At Duty Free Americas at 4 Airport Road at I-95 in Houlton, Maine, you can buy gifts for yourself and friends wide selection of fragrances, watches, gifts, jewelry and travel-related merchandise from the highest quality brand names, as well as items that typically incur significant duties and taxes, such as liquor and tobacco.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National MonumentMaine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

In August 2016, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the national park system, President Obama created a new park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, in northern Maine, near Millinocket. The park is in the shadow of Mount Katahdin, and it occupies a wild landscape with spectacular views the mountain. Back-country adventurers can explore the rivers, woods, plant and animal life, and dark night skies. This is a monument with limited services; services will be added in coming years. The park has no welcome center at present. Find visitor information at the park’s website or by phone: 207-456-6001.
river rafting near the Forks in Maine
River Rafting Can Be Wild and Wonderful

The Forks is best known as Maine’s mecca for whitewater rafting. Located where the Dead and Kennebec Rivers meet, it is the starting point for experiencing the heart stopping rolls and punches dealt by the state’s mightiest rivers. Numerous guiding companies are located in The Forks, and many have expanded their services to include guided ATV tours, mountain biking treks, rock climbing, and snowshoeing trips. The Forks is a year-round destination for hunters and anglers, but come winter, the snowmobilers arrive. With more than 100 miles of interconnected trails in the region, sledding becomes the preferred method of transportation once the snow begins to fall. The Forks Area Chamber of Commerce can help you find all the resources you need. 207-663-2121.
Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center in Gardner Maine
Comedy, Music, Gravity Daring: Johnson Hall's Got It

Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center presents a wide range of artist programs -- live music series, children’s events, outdoor performances in the park and more -- in the historic Johnson Hall Performing Arts building (1864) at 280 Water Street in downtown Gardiner, Maine. The Hall – Maine’s oldest opera hall -- celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016, a sign that it knows and serves its audience. 207-582-7144.
Maine Discovery Museum Bangor Maine
Children’s Fun and Learning Zone

With seven interactive exhibit areas on three floors, Maine Discovery Museum at 74 Main Street in downtown Bangor, Maine, is the largest children's museum north of Boston. Seven permanent exhibits invite children to explore nature, geography, children's literature, music, art, science and anatomy. Among the exhibits are: Nature Trails, to explore Maine's ecosystem along a 20-foot waterway; TradeWinds, a new exhibit about Maine's global connections to Brazil, Japan, and Italy; Booktown, a village where every doorway leads into the pages of a Maine children's literary classic; Sounds Abound, exploring the world of music in a sound studio; Artscape; Mission: Discovery; and Body Journey. Open year-round; closed on Mondays. Phone: 207-262-7200.