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10 Free Things to Do in Midcoast Maine (Summer Edition)

Posted by Kristen Lindquist on June 8, 2016
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  1. Appreciate some art. In Rockland, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Strand Theatre, and more than 20 galleries participate in a First Friday Art Walk on the first Friday of each month, through December. Belfast offers a Fourth Friday Art Walk from May – September. Many galleries throughout the area feature a diversity of fine arts and crafts, much of which has been inspired by the beautiful coastal Maine landscape.
  2. Appreciate some music. Check the Pen Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce events calendar for local listings for free concerts, including a summer series in Camden’s Harbor Park
  3. Sip some wine. Several area wineries offer tastings, including Cellardoor Winery (at the Lincolnville Farmhouse, with a view of their scenic fields and vineyard, or the Villa at the Route 1/90 intersection in Rockport); and Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery in Union (where you can also try their prize-winning gin and other spirits).
  4. Beachcomb. Local, public beaches like Camden’s Laite Beach or Lincolnville Beach are small in size, but can be rewarding spots to find sea glass and lucky stones.
  5. Find your thrill on blueberry hill. An easy .75-mile walk up Beech Hill in Rockport, a nature preserve owned by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, winds through an organic blueberry farm. (Don’t miss the public free pick there on August 6!) The summit offers a spectacular panoramic view of Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills, as well as Beech Nut, a funky historic sod-roofed stone hut open on various days throughout the summer. Check the Land Trust’s website for open house dates.BeechNut&Clouds
  6. Walk on water. Hiking to the end of the granite Rockland Breakwater, a two-mile roundtrip, will give you a unique perspective from the middle of Rockland’s outer harbor. You can watch lobstermen haul in their catch, harbor boat traffic, and sunbathing harbor seals. The lighthouse itself is usually open on summer weekends.
  7. Take in some local color. Drive through or walk around historic Bayside in Northport. This waterfront village of colorful gingerbread cottages clustered around a village green originated in the mid-19th century as a religious summer camp.MarshallPoint1
  8. Do-it-yourself lighthouse tour. Breakwater Light (Rockland), Owls Head Light (Owls Head), and Marshall Point Light (Port Clyde) can all be visited in person and each offers a highly scenic experience. Curtis Island Light (Camden) can be viewed from upper Bayview Street or visited by canoe or rowboat from Camden Harbor.
  9. Hug a tree. Pick up the Heritage Trees & Treescapes walking tour brochure in the Camden town office or at the Pen Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  10. Hug a seal. Andre1Pick up a copy of A SEAL CALLED ANDRE and visit Rockport Marine Park to see the huggable stone sculpture memorializing Andre, a local harbor seal who once lived and performed in Rockport Harbor. While there you can also check out restored historic lime kilns, as well as the historic sailing schooners that dock in the harbor.
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