Outdoor Adventures in Maine

Maine has some of the most beautiful nature in the entire country, so when you visit, you should absolutely play outside a little bit. Whether you prefer hiking, or going for a walk in a park, or boating across the sparkling sea, or simply relaxing at the beach with a good book, Maine's got it. Read on to discover ways to play and places to stay.

Outdoor View - Bar Harbor B&B Association - Bar Harbor, ME
Bar Harbor B&B Association

Various Locations Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone:

Launch your great Bar Harbor explorations from the breakfast table at a cozy inn

Let a hearty, home-cooked breakfast at one of the Bar Harbor Bed and Breakfast Association’s 18 inns start your outdoor adventures in Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park awaits, with miles of scenic hiking trails and carriage roads for biking (and the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain is amazing). If you want a water adventure, there’s kayaking, canoeing, and cruises aboard four-masted schooners. Take an excursion to see lighthouses, whales – and puffins! Go golfing, sit back and enjoy an outdoor concert or stroll through the town’s many boutiques and galleries. You’ll find outside dining everywhere, so don’t forget this is lobster roll territory. End your day at your inn, in a hot tub or with a cocktail by a toasty fire pit.
Frenchman Bay View - Bluenose Inn - Bar Harbor, ME
Bluenose Inn

90 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-2665

From your HQ at this classic inn, enjoy bay views, easy access to Acadia, outdoor activities

Hit the trails, the waterways and the parks of the Bar Harbor area when you establish your Maine vacation headquarters at the beautiful Bluenose Inn. With panoramic ocean views from luxurious suites, oversized rooms and a well-appointed apartment, the inn is a great place to plan your hiking and biking adventures in Acadia National Park as well as kayaking and canoeing trips, whale-watching and other boating excursions, rock-climbing opportunities and walking trails. The inn features heated indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub and fitness center. Its Looking Glass Restaurant serves up an amazing breakfast with an equally amazing view of Frenchman Bay. Guests enjoy live music in the Great Room and piano bar as well as gatherings by the fire pit.
Outdoor Adventure - Maine Windjammers - Camden, ME - Photo Credit PJ Walters
Maine Windjammer Association

Sailing from Ports in Rockland and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

Ready for an adventure? Take to the sea for a glorious vacation aboard a windjammer

Toss your everyday routines and stresses to the wind: Book an adventure aboard one of the vessels of the Maine Windjammer Association. It’s like no other vacation you’ve experienced. Take a three-night cruise or sail for a week enjoying delicious homemade meals and the companionship of an expert crew and friendly fellow passengers. Help raise the sails, or sit on the deck and soak in the sun. Watch for porpoises, seals, bald eagles – even the occasional whale or puffin. Explore fishing villages, feast at a lobster bake on an uninhabited island, swim or paddle board – or just join in a game of Hearts around the wood stove. Vessels include 19th century schooners and more modern-day windjammers, all waiting for those seeking seafaring adventures.
Fishing & Hunting - Weatherby's - Grand Lake Stream, ME

112 Milford Road Grand Lake Stream, ME, 04668 Phone: 207-796-5558

Customized outdoor adventures are waiting for you at this all-inclusive sporting lodge

Your one-of-a-kind adventure awaits at Weatherby’s, one of the country’s oldest and most famous sporting lodges. Let the lodge staff help you create a custom outdoor package, whether it’s teaching your children how to fish for smallmouth bass in a glacial lake in the summer or just you, a guide and your dogs on the hunt for wild grouse and woodcock in the fall. Hone your fly-fishing skills fishing for landlocked salmon in Grand Lake Stream, ME, or learn the craft in an all-inclusive fly-fishing school. Stay in one of the lodge’s comfortable log-cabin cottages, with open brick or Franklin-style fireplaces and screened porches. Fine, home-cooked meals are served in the dining room, or let your guide cook what you caught in a memorable shore dinner.
Mt. Katahdin Summit View - New England Outdoor Center - Millinocket, ME
New England Outdoor Center

30 Twin Pines Road Millinocket, ME, 04462 Phone: 207-723-5438 Toll-Free: 800-766-7238

There’s an outdoor adventure, and lodging option, for everyone at this Maine center

On Millinocket Lake, with direct views of Mt. Katahdin, the New England Outdoor Center has a nature adventure for everyone. Go whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River, watch a moose grazing on a wildlife tour, hit the mountain biking or snowmobile trails, learn to fly fish or cross-country ski. Glide over the lake on a paddle board, kayak or canoe. Hike gorgeous trails in the autumn, then explore those same pathways with snowshoes in winter. At the center, there are guided tours, equipment and gear rentals and enough lodging options (cabins, lodges, campground sites with cabin tents and hot showers) to suit everyone’s idea of communing with nature. The full-service base has a restaurant, lounge, fire pits and adirondack chairs perfect for watching sunsets and starry skies.