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

  • Ghostport Festival

    October 19 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Halloween themed event offers something for all ages. Pumpkin launch, kids costume parade, Fright at the Fort, Jonathan Buck’s Race to the Grave, carved pumpkin contest, Halloween dance and more. See website for more details and schedule of eve...

    Downtown
  • Gardens Aglow

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - December 31 @ 9:00 pm

    Join us to experience the brilliance of New England’s biggest and brightest light display! With over 650,000 lights, witness the transformation of our central gardens into an extravaganza of festive lights in a dramatic display of brilliant color. ...

    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
  • Festival of Lights

    November 29 - December 1

    Festival of Lights, Downtown Rockland. Events including the arrival of Santa via US Coast Guard boat, the lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, and more.

    Downtown

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Recommended Area Businesses

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

 Stay / Midcoast

163 Main St., Damariscotta, ME 04543
(207) 563-3011

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45 D Searsport Ave (Route 1), Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-5530

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Big Al’s Odd Lot Outlet & Fireworks Outlet

10,000 Items All Unique & Unusual
306 Bath Road, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
(207) 882-6423

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65 Topsham Fair Mall Rd., Topsham, ME 04086
(207) 373-9406

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200 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
(207) 633-5094

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22 Cross Rd., Edgecomb, ME 04556
(800) 882-9586
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186 Belfast Rd. Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236-8478
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