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

  • Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta

    October 7 - October 10

    Damariscotta
  • Fall Foliage Festival

    October 8 - October 9

    The Fall Foliage Festival has been a family tradition in Mid Coast, Maine, for the past 53 years, featuring dozens of vendor booths, fabulous entertainment, live music, and delicious Fall

    Boothbay Railway Village
  • Great Maine Apple Day

    October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Cider pressing, apple cookery, apple history and traditions!

    Common Ground Education Center

Recommended Area Businesses

Camden Harbor Cruises

Discover the Maine you can only see from the water
Camden Public Landing
(207) 236-6672
Pet Friendly

 Play / Midcoast

Georgetown, Maine
(626) 590-8471
Pet Friendly

 Stay / Midcoast

One Park Drive, Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-3301

 Play / Midcoast

73 Mechanic St., Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 596-0200

 Play / Midcoast

146 State Route 32, New Harbor, ME 04554
(207) 677-3727

 Stay / Midcoast

68 Garrison Cove Road Bailey Island, Maine 04003
(207) 833-2818

 Dine / Midcoast

115 Elm St. (Route 1), Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236-4839
Pet Friendly

 Stay / Midcoast

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars

Come In And Taste For Yourself!
90 Maine St. Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 406-4957

 Shop / Midcoast

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