Things to Do in Bangor

Although it lies just over an hour north of Bar Harbor, the inland hub of Bangor, ME, remains peaceful even during peak season, as visitors enjoy museums, shopping and outdoor activities.

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Ogunquit Playhouse
Ogunquit Playhouse

Ogunquit Playhouse

With more than 80 years of musical productions under its belt, the Ogunquit Playhouse is one of the town's cultural icons. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and today the Playhouse produces 5 shows during its 21-week season. Throughout its history, the theater has attracted the likes of Bette Davis and Sally Struthers, and theater-goers are likely to see talent from TV, Broadway and film perform in shows like ?Grease,? ?Mary Poppins? and ?Billy Elliot.? 960 1280

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Walk the Marginal Way

Walk the Marginal Way

One of the prettiest strolls you'll take in southern Maine is the mile-long Marginal Way, which stretches from downtown Ogunquit's Shore Road to the docks at Perkins Cove. The paved pathway winds alongside coastal Maine's spectacular shoreline, with views of the sprawling beach and sea in one direction, and Ogunquit's scenic cottages and shops in the other. Breathe in the salty air and note the distant lighthouse which serves as the scene's perfect exclamation point. 960 1280

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Ogunquit Beaches

Ogunquit Beaches

Coastal Maine is often -- and rightly -- associated with its craggy coastline, but Ogunquit is one of the lucky towns that boasts 2 wide, sandy stretches: Ogunquit Beach and Footbridge Beach. The 3.5-mile-long swath of Ogunquit Beach is typically filled with families, sunbathers, swimmers and even surfers and boogie boarders who pay no heed to chilly ocean temperatures. For a bit of respite, head to Footbridge Beach. Its smaller, quieter shore offers a peaceful, scenic spot to enjoy the coastal scenery. 960 1280

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Visit Perkins Cove

Visit Perkins Cove

The little village of Perkins Cove lies adjacent to Ogunquit and embodies all the charm one would expect in a waterfront town. This former fishing village is filled with independent boutiques and seafood restaurants. Visitors will find plenty to explore, like toy shops, bric-a-brac stores and shellfish-centric restaurants like the Perkins Cove Lobster Pound. Be sure to stroll across the town's manually operated drawbridge -- it's the perfect place for a photo opp. 960 1280

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Hike Mount Agamenticus

Hike Mount Agamenticus

Seek out unique views of Maine?s coast while burning off the lobster rolls you've been enjoying with a hike up Mount Agamenticus. Numerous trails, including the popular Ring Trail and Blueberry Bluff hike, twist through the area and range from moderate to difficult in ability. Views from the mountain top -- it's one of the highest points in the surrounding region -- are spectacular with sweeping vistas of land and sea. 960 1280

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Ogunquit Museum of Art

Ogunquit Museum of Art

Not your average museum experience, the small but powerful Ogunquit Museum of Art is dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of American art. The museum sits on a cliff with magnificent views overlooking the Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean; thankfully, the museum?s exhibits take advantage of this exceptionally scenic outdoor space. More than 2,000 works of art include pieces by artists such as John Marin, Rockwell Kent and Mark Tobey, and celebrate the heritage of Ogunquit's art colonies. 960 1280

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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

This sprawling 5,400-acre preserve offers visitors relief from holiday crowds that flock to Ogunquit during the popular summer months. The refuge was established to protect salt marshes, barrier beaches, dunes and estuaries, and is a popular retreat for birders hoping to spy the endangered piping plover. Wildlife watchers may also witness white-tailed deer, moose, snakes, frogs and turtles. 960 1280

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Hit the Seas with Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Hit the Seas with Finestkind Scenic Cruises

When you visit the coast, the natural thing to do is hop aboard a boat, right? Book an excursion with Finestkind Scenic Cruises, and see the shoreline from an entirely new perspective. Visitors will learn about lobster fishing (and maybe even see lobsters caught onboard), view the iconic Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse and catch a glimpse of harbor seals. Wake up early to enjoy the outfitter's breakfast cruise, or book a late afternoon cocktail or sunset cruise to explore Perkins Cove, Bald Head Cliff and Ogunquit Beach. 960 1280

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Eat at Barnacle Billy's

Eat at Barnacle Billy's

An Ogunquit legend for more than half a century, Barnacle Billy's has played host to US presidents, politicians, celebrities and NFL superstars. This landmark seafood haunt is known for its lobster (this is Maine, after all!). Order it boiled and buttered in its shell, in a stew or as a lobster roll. Other popular menu options include clam chowder and steamed clams. 960 1280

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Take the Ogunquit Trolley

Take the Ogunquit Trolley

If you like to kick back, relax and let someone do the exploring for you, take a spin on the Ogunquit Trolley. While the trolley serves as a legitimate means of transportation throughout town (and allows visitors to leave their cars at hotels since parking in town can be difficult), the trolley's loop route is a fabulous means of exploring Ogunquit's sights and learning the lay of the land. 960 1280

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Goose Rocks Beach
Hit the Beach

Hit the Beach

While Maine's epically scenic coast is often noted for its craggy, rock-strewn shores, Kennebunkport has been gifted with multiple stretches of soft, white sand. Surfers flock to Goose Rocks Beach (pictured), a nearly 3-mile stretch of shore. You'll find families relaxing in beach chairs and on blankets under umbrellas. Another excellent stretch of Kennebunkport coast is found at Gooch's Beach, a striking swath of sand filled with sunbathers, beachcombers, families and swimmers. 960 1280

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Hop Aboard the Intown Trolley Tour

Hop Aboard the Intown Trolley Tour

Learn the lay of Kennebunkport's land (and give your legs a break) aboard the informative Intown Trolley Tour. These trolleys have been rolling through Kennebunkport for more than 30 years, and point out the town's major sights to visitors, including the Bush compound, a local Franciscan monastery, and the so-called "spouting rock" along the coast. Tours also include colorful commentary highlighting the town's history. 960 1280

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Schooner Eleanor Boat Cruise

Schooner Eleanor Boat Cruise

You'll be forgiven for romanticizing the seafaring history of southern Maine. The dreamy tales you envision become reality aboard the Schooner Eleanor, a contemporary boat built to the specifications of a traditional gaff rigged schooner, complete with spruce poles, mahogany surfaces and hand-carved boards. Hop aboard for a 2-hour sail around the region's craggy shores, admiring a new perspective of Kennebunkport. 960 1280

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Explore the Lighthouses

Explore the Lighthouses

Make like a professional photographer and snap classic shots of the looming lighthouses that rise above Maine's rocky coast. Five lights can be found within a 20-mile radius of Kennebunkport. Drive to Cape Porpoise to see the Goat Island Light, and take time to explore the Wood Island Light, Nubble Light (pictured), Whaleback Light and Boon Island Light. Be warned: not all the lights can be directly accessed, but they are visible from the road and offer ample photo opps. 960 1280

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Explore Dock Square

Explore Dock Square

The heart of Kennebunkport, Dock Square is filled with boutiques, book stores, artisan ice cream parlors and candy shops. Spend an afternoon strolling the tiny town center, which is chock full of high-end retailers, bric-a-brac stores, restaurants and more. It's here that you'll also find a hub for boat tours and whale watching trips. Make sure to indulge in a lobster roll at The Clam Shack before leaving -- though don't arrive hungry; lines can be long. 960 1280

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Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival

Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival

Foodies in the know flock to the multi-day Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival held each June. See and be seen alongside the festival's well-heeled visitors at tasting events that include the Pop the Kennebunks gala party, Art of Dining dinners prepared by acclaimed chefs in exquisite local homes and a Grand Tapas party featuring small plates prepared by award-winning chefs. Tickets to the festival's events sell out well in advance; play it smart and book well in advance. 960 1280

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Shop at the Kittery Outlets

Shop at the Kittery Outlets

On a rainy day in Kennebunkport (and let's face it, this is Maine -- there's gonna be a rainy day), take the short drive from Kennebunkport and exercise your wallet at the Kittery Outlets. You'll find all manner of goods here, from sportswear at Eddie Bauer and lululemon to new kicks at Reebok and Nike outlets, and even high-end kitchenware at Le Creuset. Be a smart shopper: check the Kittery Outlets website before shopping to find coupons and discounts for many shops. 960 1280

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The Eastern Trail

The Eastern Trail

Bring your bicycles to Kennebunkport or rent them in town and explore the 65-mile Eastern Trail, a stretch of the East Coast Greenway that connects Kittery to Casco Bay. The trail includes idyllic country roads, as well as off-road trails and is perfect for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. A new 6.2-mile portion of the trail can be easily accessed from town, connecting Kennebunk with the towns of Arundel and Biddeford. 960 1280

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Charter a Fishing or Lobster Boat Tour

Charter a Fishing or Lobster Boat Tour

With a shipbuilding and seafaring history that dates back to the 17th century, Kennebunkport is a logical jumping-off point for hitting the open sea. Bait your hook and line and book a fishing charter with Striker Charters, which offers inshore and offshore charters (trips target mackerel, herring, bluefin tuna and mako). Kids (and grownups!) will love a trip with Rugosa Lobster Tours aboard a classic, wooden, New England lobster boat. Watch your crew haul lobster traps, and even get up close and personal with the catch. 960 1280

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Pamper Yourself in the Trees

Pamper Yourself in the Trees

If your muscles have grown sore from beach walks and bicycling, or you simply want to treat yourself to extreme pampering, book a treatment at the Tree Spa at Hidden Pond. Literally tucked into the treetops 8 feet above the ground, 3 private treatment rooms are connected by a wooden boardwalk, completing the spa's Swiss Family Robinson-gone-luxe appeal. Let your aches and cares disintegrate during a Muscle Melt Massage or Herbal Garden Body Exfoliation. 960 1280

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