While a Maine event pun may not be the most original way to kick off a seasonal destination article, the fall-ready state offers more than enough activities and events to make up for it.
Between Maine’s vibrant changing leaves, currently in peak color season, and the state’s year-round natural beauty and adventure activities, this retreat could be one for the books for your next family getaway.
Travel for the seasonal events and stay for the incredible hikes with this helpful lists of things to do in Maine this autumn.
Seasonal Arts and Culture
Andrew Wyeth, a local celebrity and well-known artist, is the center of a new exhibition at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. Titled “Andrew Wyeth: Witches, Ghosts and Mischief,” this seasonal exhibit showcases a different, dark side to Wyeth, which pairs perfectly with the spooky season. The exhibit runs through March 1, 2020.
Fall Foliage and Sunshine
With Northeast Maine’s stunning fall foliage in full swing, a scenic drive, walk or picnic is a must. October brings mild temperatures and quite a bit of sunshine so don’t let the “north” in Northeast fool you — the weather is near perfect for outdoor activities. Just bring some warm layers for less active days.
Scenic Picnics and Daytrips
For calm walks with the kids, picnics by the lake, pond or just a relaxing nature preserve to visit, head to any one of Maine’s many public spaces. This is a great way to blend some family time with fall foliage and outdoor vistas without spending too much time in the car or on the trail. Great for the little ones and less enthusiastic hikers in the family.
State Parks and Epic Hikes
For families looking to get in the thick of the fall colors as athletically as they can, Maine’s state parks are the best place to start. Check out Camden Hills State Park for stunning views; Bradbury Mountain for epic biking trails; Baxter State Park for rocky terrain and lakeside views; Grafton Notch State Park’s calming falls; and Maine’s famously beautiful Mahoosuc Range for sweeping mountainscapes and breathtaking vistas.
Visit Maine actually recommends the following hikes:
The more challenging, adventurous 11-mile out-and-back of Baxter State Park’s Traveler Mountain is best for active families and skilled hikers. Plan for some scrambling and above tree line views.
For coastal stunners, Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain boasts island and ocean views.
Be sure to check out each park’s website before planning your trip for more information on activity clearances, parking, weather and trail conditions, what to pack and the difficulty level of the trail.
As far as seasonal sights and fall foliage, you can’t go wrong with any of Maine’s state parks. Read more hiking and climbing suggestions from the state itself at Visit Maine.
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