Summer Fun in Maine
Bring a carload. There's fun to be had by all ages during summer in Maine, from the back of a horse, or the last seat of a roller coaster. Here are a few entertaining ideas for the family.
"Timber" Tina Scheer is the lively host of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Watch two teams made up of lumberjacks and lumberjills compete in 12 events including speed climbing, power sawing, crosscut sawing, axe throwing, underhand chopping and head-to-head log rolling. The 75-minute show is both entertaining and educational, and includes special events for young spectators to participate in.
Beach amenities like an amusement park within walking distance will always get a thumbs up from children. Palace Playland is New England's only beachfront amusement park with rides for all ages, games and a 24,000 square foot arcade. It is centrally located along seven-mile Old Orchard Beach. York's Wild Kingdom is a short walk from Short Sands Beach in the town of York Beach, and offers a zoo, amusement park and miniature golf.
Last summer two Boothbay Harbor-based whale watch boats treated customers with the sighting of an approximately 80-foot long blue whale. The world's largest mammal is a rare visitor to the Gulf of Maine, while humpback, finback, minke, North Atlantic right, and pilot whales are commonly seen on narrated boat excursions that depart from seven Maine harbors. Whale watch trips also offer views of lighthouses, seals and dolphins.
Fun on the Farm
Horse Stables in central and western Maine offer guided trail rides through forests and fields that may include a river crossing or a dip in a lake. Teens and grade school-age children are welcome to ride, and basic riding instructions are covered before hitting the trail.
For more information about Maine's summer events and activities, go to www.visitmaine.com.
What's New & Unique
Rebuilding the Colonial Way in New Harbor
Two new dwellings at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in New Harbor will reflect life for the earliest inhabitants of the area. The 17th Century Dwellings Project has produced a replica timber-framed home covered in "wattle and daub" and lived in by the earliest European settlers, and has under construction a replica bark-covered wigwam in the style of Pemaquid's earliest Native American residents. Visitors can enter the dwellings and learn how they were constructed with period tools.
Official Appalachian Trail Communities and a New Festival
In July the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will bestow the official title of "Appalachian Trail Community" on the town of Monson in Piscataquis County. The town will join Rangeley as two of only five official trail towns in New England. Towns receive the designation for their protection and promotion of the trail, and for the overall hospitality provided to hikers. Rangeley has plans to host the first A.T. Community Festival on Sept. 15.
Media Contact: Charlene Williams
On behalf of the Maine Office of Tourism
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