Six great places to go while visiting Maine

Maine, vacation, vacationing, summer,  Are you visiting Maine this Summer? Below you will find six great places that our family has been to and really enjoyed visiting and think you would like too. They are…

maine, fort edgecomb, vacation, summer Fort Edgecomb– This historical site is located in Edgecomb, Maine and was built around 1808-1809. It was built as part of the U.S. second system of fortifications and during the War of 1812 held British prisoners of War. It stayed manned until 1818 and then during the Civil War was reactivated again.

Fort Edgecomb in one of the smaller forts our family has visited but has a gorgeous water view as well. They have a few benches along the water that you can sit on and enjoy watching the birds.

maine, fort edgecomb, vacation, summerAndroscoggin Swinging Bridge- If you happen to be in or around Brunswick, Maine be sure to visit the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge. Built in 1892 and then rebuilt in 1938 (due to a flood) this bridge served as a path for Mill workers from Topsham to Brunswick. The same constructor of the bridge (John Roebling’s) also constructed the Brooklyn Bridge.

For the longest time my hubby would say every time we passed this bridge that one day we needed to stop and go across it. When he was a kid he went on it all the time and loved making it shake back and forth out in the center. I’m kind of afraid of heights but really enjoyed going across it.

maine, fort edgecomb, vacation, summerMaine Wildlife Park- Have you ever seen an albino raccoon or maybe a moose up close? The Maine Wildlife Park is a great place to take the family to enjoy seeing all sorts of wildlife like white-tailed deer, black bears, bald eagles, mountain lions, porcupines, coyotes, owls, native turtles, trophy trout, and more. These animals have been rescued in some form of another whether they were injured or illegally raised so now they are dependent on humans to care for them. The park is located in Gray, Maine.

My husband surprised the kiddos and me this year with a day trip out and we had no idea where we were going. I always see others online talking about zoos etc and wished they had something like that here. Little did I know that they had a Wildlife Park here so it was pretty cool when we arrived. We saw moose, deer, turtles, fish, birds and the kiddos enjoyed the building that has game warden memorabilia in it.

maine, fort edgecomb, vacation, summer Reid State Park- Reid State Park located in Georgetown, Maine is my favorite place to hang out with family on the beach. It is actually Maine’s first State-owned saltwater beach. Thousands of people every year visit this wonderful long sandy beach.

If I could go to Reid State Park every day I would! It is one of the places I need to make sure to visit by the end of Summer. The sand is so pretty and even though I normally don’t like going into salt water I love it there.

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Fort Popham- Fort Popham is located in Phippsburg, Maine and is a great place to visit if you like historical sites. This fort is a coastal defense land battery at the beginning of the Kennebec River. Construction of this fort started in 1861 even though it was authorized in 1857. It stayed manned until 1815 and actually saw some minor action during the War of 1812.

Fort Popham is one of the larger forts we have visited in Maine and kept us busy for a bit since you can also find a beach right next door.

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Old Orchard Beach- Located in Old Orchard Beach, this is one place you don’t want to miss while in Maine. Everything you’re looking for, for a vacation is found in pretty much one spot! From motels/hotels, fair rides, swimming, the gorgeous beach, tons of food and more you are sure to have a great time!

This picture is of my dad and my oldest a longggg time ago! I cannot believe I haven’t been in years. It is really a great place to visit and on our list to do this Summer.

Have you ever visited Maine? What was your favorite place to visit?


  • Aisha Kristine Chong

    Never been there but hopefully one way, I will be able to make my visit – seems like the palces are all so wonderful.

  • Life as a Convert

    I’ve never even heard of albino raccoons. It would be cool to see in person though.

  • HilLesha

    I have never been to Maine before, but I’d love to visit there someday with my family. If I ever go, Fort Edgecomb will definitely be one my list of places to visit while in Maine. I love abandoned buildings!

  • Uplifting Families

    I would love to go to the beach. It’s been a long time since I’ve been. These sound like fun places to visit.

  • Winter White

    Maine is such a beautiful place to visit, I would love to go there. Fort Edgecomb is right up my alley

  • Chubskulit Rose

    We have never been to Maine yet but it is on our bucket wish list of places to visit someday. Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos!

  • CourtneyLynne

    Oooo these all look like fun places to go! If I ever find myself in Maine I know where to go!

  • Ourfamilyworld

    I have heard so much about how beautiful Maine is. I would love to visit this one day and I will make sure I visit these places.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I have never been to Maine before. It looks like there is a lot of fun things to do there.

  • lisa

    I have never been to Maine. I would love to go and check out some of these places. It looks like a great state to visit.

  • becka

    Sounds like a nice place to visit. Too bad it is so far away. I like beaches of all kinds.

  • Lynndee

    Maine is beautiful! I would definitely love to visit someday. I do wonder how far it is from here. Will have to check.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are great places to visit while in Maine. The Maine Wildlife Park would be awesome to visit and Androscoggin Swinging Bridge sounds interesting too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    When I hear Maine, all I can think of is lobsters. Thanks for giving me more information about the great sights to visit in that state.

  • tiaras & tantrums

    thanks for all the great tips for places to visit in Maine. We have not traveled much to the east coast but hope to some day

  • Kristin

    Looks so peaceful and relaxing. Id love to visit Maine.

  • Liz Mays

    I wish I would have taken the kids to some of these places when I lived closer. That wildlife park would have been awesome.

  • Dawn McAlexander

    I have never seen an albino raccoon before. That is really cute! I love all the furry creatures. I would love to see this in person. It would be so cool!

  • ARod

    Sounds like some great parts of Maine. I’ve got a friend who goes once a year with her family.

  • rika

    I really want to visit Maine for their seafood, LOBSTER! Thanks for the list! I will bookmark this page and make sure to visit these places while visiting Maine

  • Nickida

    We love visiting the local state park around here. It’s so much fun. The last one we visited was an old fort.

  • Jeannette

    I’ve never been to Maine but if we ever get there, these look like some great ways to spend our time! It looks like it’s a truly beautiful state.

  • Ronda Ogilvie

    wow! Maine has so many wonderful places to visit! That beach looks so clean and amazing! Thank you for sharing all these great places in case I make it to Maine sometime with the family!

  • lisa @bitesforbabies

    I have always wanted to go out East, more specifically to do a road trip along the East Coast!

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    We go to OOB every year and love it there. York’s wild animal kingdom is near there and it’s always so much fun for the kids.

  • Heather B

    definitely great places. Have you been out to D.E.W in Mt Vernon? My kids love it there, the animsls are not as spread out and you can actually get closer to them. They have different animals as well. We got to feed Black Bears and hug Red Kangaroos, as well as going in the goat pen. The owner Bob gives tours and he is great!

  • Rhonda Martin

    I live in Maine but haven’t been to Fort Popham. I’ll have to put it on my to do list. I’ve heard the beach near there is wonderful too.

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