Mid-Coast & Islands

To the Maine visitor who prefers boating to beach bumming, there is no better region to explore than the Midcoast. The shoreline along this area—stretching south to north from Brunswick and Harpswell to Belfast and Bucksport—is dramatic, and reflective of Maine’s rich maritime history. Unlike the sandy seashores of Southern Maine, this region features a rougher, rockier coastline more in keeping with Hollywood’s picture of the Pine Tree State.

Early Spring

March & April

23° | 53°

Wear layers as temperatures vary. Welcome to “Mud Season”!

Late Spring

May & June

45° | 74°

Wear layers as temperatures vary. Things are warming up!

Early Summer

June & July

50° | 75°

Wear layers as temperatures vary.

Late Summer

August & September

51° | 78°

Enjoy!

Early Autumn

October

40° | 57°

Bring a sweater.

Late Autumn

November & Early December

31° | 45°

Bring a sweater, coat & hat. Snow likely.

Early Winter

Late December & January

19° | 30°

Dress for snow!

Late Winter

February & March

15° | 40°

Bring a sweater. Snow is likely.

Comprised of thousands of peninsulas, inlets, coves, harbors and islands, Midcoast is a magnet for shipping, sailing and boat building. Bath Iron Works is located here, as are hundreds of seafaring residents who make their livings from the ocean. Excursion boats of all shapes and sizes, from windjammers to working lobster boats, offer passengers close encounters with whales, seals, seabirds and lighthouses.

If your interests lean more toward terra firma, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Midcoast. Here you will find quaint fishing villages to explore, historic sites, museums—the Maine Maritime Museum is especially engrossing—and of course plenty of lovely shops, restaurants and wineries to investigate. And although early settlers to the Midcoast area focused primarily on building Maine’s fishing and boatbuilding industries, they also built dozens of majestic sea captains’ mansions, many of which are open for touring.

Bowdoin College is another destination that draws visitors, many of whom enjoy strolling through its beautiful tree-line campus on the edge of Brunswick. The school’s Museum of Art is world-renowned, and located just a short walk from the town’s downtown where you can browse through craft shops, restaurants and galleries serving some of Maine’s best artists and crafters. You also can enjoy a concert on the town’s grassy mall (complete with gazebo) that becomes a concert hall on Wednesday evenings during the summer.

Throughout the Midcoast region, summer means strawberry, blueberry and lobster festivals and there are farmers’ markets cropping up in almost every town. Camden and Rockland are the sites of two of the larger of these.

Featured Events

  • Maine Lobster Festival

    July 31 - August 4

    The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine! This annual seafood festival takes place during the first weekend of August, from

    Rockland Harbor Park
  • Topsham Fair

    August 6 - August 11

    There’s nothing like a day at the fair. When you’re looking for fun things to do in Topsham, Maine, consider making a stop at the fair for your entertainment. Topsham

    Topsham Fair
  • Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show

    August 9 - August 11

    There is always so much to see and do at the Maine Boat & Home Show. In addition to a fleet of great boats in the water and on land,

    Buoy Park

Recommended Area Businesses

1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham ME
(207) 449-1750

 Dine / Midcoast

30 Community Drive Camden, Maine 04843
(207) 301-6100

 Living / Midcoast

14 Main Street, Camden, ME, United States, 04843
(207) 230-8005

 Shop / Midcoast

PO Box 552 Rockland, ME 04841
18005767512

 Play / Midcoast

Smuggler’s Cove Inn 727 Ocean Point Road East Boothbay, Maine 04544
(207) 579-7004

 Stay / Midcoast

1 Main St, Camden ME 04843
(207) 230-1306

 Dine / Midcoast

Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort

The Perfect Midcoast Maine Vacation
7 Island Ln., Edgecomb, ME 04556
86658773202075791800
Pet Friendly

 Stay / Midcoast

2 Lee Street Wiscasset, Maine 04578
(207) 882-7169

Midcoast

116 Main St., Damariscotta, ME 04543
(207) 563-3177

 Shop / Midcoast

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