Things to Do in Ogunquit

Ogunquit -- one of Maine’s most popular small towns -- packs a lot of charm into its colorful town center. Enjoy scenic coastal strolls, a world-class theater, nearby beaches and excellent seafood.

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Cole Land Transportation Museum
Cole Land Transportation Museum

Cole Land Transportation Museum

Transport geeks will find themselves close to mecca at Bangor's Cole Land Transportation Museum. This quirky ode to vehicles preserves the history of land transportation equipment in Maine. Take a look-see at the fascinating collection of relic snowplows, logging vehicles and antique fire trucks while gazing at photographs depicting historic Maine. There's even a nifty exhibit of farm equipment used throughout past decades. 960 1280

Cole Land Transportation Museum  

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

It's only appropriate to pay homage to the Grand Poobah of horror novelists, Stephen King, when visiting his hometown of Bangor. The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the "Tommyknockers and More Tour" -- a literary bus tour through town that features spots in Bangor connected to King's writings. 960 1280

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Maine Discovery Museum

Maine Discovery Museum

A visit to the Maine Discovery Museum is a must-do for tourists with tots. This kid-focused museum is Maine's largest museum, and features 3 floors of interactive exhibits and drop-in activities. Children come face-to-face with amazing creatures like geckos, stick bugs and turtles; explore the inner body by crawling through a giant intestine; and pump a heart to watch the circulatory system work. It's even possible to dig and identify fossils while learning about dinosaurs in Maine. 960 1280

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Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Set alongside -- you guessed it -- the waterfront, Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion is a scenic spot to catch a concert or settle in to watch a music festival. Music lovers will find that an array of artists perform on the stage at the Pavilion, including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Phish. Other major events held at the venue include a "Tap Into Summer" beer festival, as well as the annual American Folk Festival and the Kahbang Music, Art & Film Festival. 960 1280

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Orono Bog Boardwalk

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Bogs are little-heralded but very fascinating environments and Bangor's Orono Bog is no exception. This 600-acre bog is a haven for birdwatchers, and is home to dozens of species, including the double-crested cormorant, white-breasted nuthatch and ospreys. A 1-mile-long boardwalk winds through the bog, allowing visitors to admire the setting while keeping an eye out for wildlife and plant species. 960 1280

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Bangor City Forest

Bangor City Forest

Explore the great outdoors in Bangor City Forest, a 650-acre spread that includes nearly 10 miles of trails ideal for cross-country skiing, running, snowshoeing, cycling and hiking. Most trails are family-friendly, like the Rabbit Trail or East Trail, but some are more difficult and require skills to maneuver around roots or rocks, like the Bear Trail or Grouse Trail. 960 1280

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Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

City slickers and country dwellers alike will find much to enjoy during Maine's annual Open Farm Day, when dozens of farms across the state open their doors to visitors. Try your hand at milking a cow; take a barn tour to see the inner workings of a farm; climb aboard a tractor for a hayride; pet cuddly sheep at a petting zoo; and purchase farm-grown products like beef and produce. 960 1280

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Bangor State Fair

Bangor State Fair

The Bangor State Fair -- the largest state fair in Maine -- promises 10 days of down-home food, fireworks, amusement rides and agricultural competitions like the oxen and steer show. If farm animals aren't your thing, stop by one of the other family-friendly competitions like the lobster roll eating contest or demolition derby. Plan to stay for the evening concert, which has included acts like Grammy Award-winner, John Fogerty. 960 1280

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Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Maine's second oldest cultural institution, the Bangor Historical Society, collects, preserves and interprets the state's storied history. Discover the stories of Civil War soldiers from Maine, or take a society-organized walking tour to discover the town's historic architecture. Other tours include a walk through the Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Bangor's legendary residents of days gone by, as well as a tour that commemorates the devastating Great Fire of 1911. 960 1280

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Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

One of Maine's -- and America's -- quirkier attractions, Bangor's 31-foot-tall, 3,700-lb. statue of Paul Bunyan wielding a double-sided axe pays homage to the mythical character who, as it?s rumored, was born here. Indeed, Bangor also claims to be the birthplace of the lumber industry, which was once the town's industry mainstay. Sure, Minnesota also claims to be Bunyan's hometown, but while in Bangor, why not pay your respects to the gentle lumber giant? 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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Cole Land Transportation Museum

Cole Land Transportation Museum

Transport geeks will find themselves close to mecca at Bangor's Cole Land Transportation Museum. This quirky ode to vehicles preserves the history of land transportation equipment in Maine. Take a look-see at the fascinating collection of relic snowplows, logging vehicles and antique fire trucks while gazing at photographs depicting historic Maine. There's even a nifty exhibit of farm equipment used throughout past decades. 960 1280

Cole Land Transportation Museum  

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

It's only appropriate to pay homage to the Grand Poobah of horror novelists, Stephen King, when visiting his hometown of Bangor. The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the "Tommyknockers and More Tour" -- a literary bus tour through town that features spots in Bangor connected to King's writings. 960 1280

Madeleine Holland  

Maine Discovery Museum

Maine Discovery Museum

A visit to the Maine Discovery Museum is a must-do for tourists with tots. This kid-focused museum is Maine's largest museum, and features 3 floors of interactive exhibits and drop-in activities. Children come face-to-face with amazing creatures like geckos, stick bugs and turtles; explore the inner body by crawling through a giant intestine; and pump a heart to watch the circulatory system work. It's even possible to dig and identify fossils while learning about dinosaurs in Maine. 960 1280

Maine Discovery Museum  

Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Set alongside -- you guessed it -- the waterfront, Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion is a scenic spot to catch a concert or settle in to watch a music festival. Music lovers will find that an array of artists perform on the stage at the Pavilion, including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Phish. Other major events held at the venue include a "Tap Into Summer" beer festival, as well as the annual American Folk Festival and the Kahbang Music, Art & Film Festival. 960 1280

Jeff Kirlin, The Thing of the Moment Photography  

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Bogs are little-heralded but very fascinating environments and Bangor's Orono Bog is no exception. This 600-acre bog is a haven for birdwatchers, and is home to dozens of species, including the double-crested cormorant, white-breasted nuthatch and ospreys. A 1-mile-long boardwalk winds through the bog, allowing visitors to admire the setting while keeping an eye out for wildlife and plant species. 960 1280

Justin Henry  

Bangor City Forest

Bangor City Forest

Explore the great outdoors in Bangor City Forest, a 650-acre spread that includes nearly 10 miles of trails ideal for cross-country skiing, running, snowshoeing, cycling and hiking. Most trails are family-friendly, like the Rabbit Trail or East Trail, but some are more difficult and require skills to maneuver around roots or rocks, like the Bear Trail or Grouse Trail. 960 1280

Justin Henry  

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

City slickers and country dwellers alike will find much to enjoy during Maine's annual Open Farm Day, when dozens of farms across the state open their doors to visitors. Try your hand at milking a cow; take a barn tour to see the inner workings of a farm; climb aboard a tractor for a hayride; pet cuddly sheep at a petting zoo; and purchase farm-grown products like beef and produce. 960 1280

The Image Bank / Getty Images  

Bangor State Fair

Bangor State Fair

The Bangor State Fair -- the largest state fair in Maine -- promises 10 days of down-home food, fireworks, amusement rides and agricultural competitions like the oxen and steer show. If farm animals aren't your thing, stop by one of the other family-friendly competitions like the lobster roll eating contest or demolition derby. Plan to stay for the evening concert, which has included acts like Grammy Award-winner, John Fogerty. 960 1280

Alexandra Robert  

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Maine's second oldest cultural institution, the Bangor Historical Society, collects, preserves and interprets the state's storied history. Discover the stories of Civil War soldiers from Maine, or take a society-organized walking tour to discover the town's historic architecture. Other tours include a walk through the Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Bangor's legendary residents of days gone by, as well as a tour that commemorates the devastating Great Fire of 1911. 960 1280

Mount Hope Cemetery Corp.  

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

One of Maine's -- and America's -- quirkier attractions, Bangor's 31-foot-tall, 3,700-lb. statue of Paul Bunyan wielding a double-sided axe pays homage to the mythical character who, as it?s rumored, was born here. Indeed, Bangor also claims to be the birthplace of the lumber industry, which was once the town's industry mainstay. Sure, Minnesota also claims to be Bunyan's hometown, but while in Bangor, why not pay your respects to the gentle lumber giant? 960 1280

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