No matter what time of year you visit the state of Maine, you’ll discover an array of stunning sights and festive activities! Though many consider the Midcoast region of “The Pine Tree State” to be an incredible summer destination, it’s also a fantastic place to experience a New England autumn. Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know before planning a trip to Maine in the fall.
While planning a trip to Maine in the fall, you’ll want to consider all of the region’s best dining, shopping, and seasonal events. If you need a little inspiration during the planning process, be sure to view our favorite things to do in Boothbay Harbor! It’s a free resource filled with our best local suggestions.
Your Guide to Planning a Trip to Maine in the Fall
Summer in Midcoast Maine brings an abundance of water activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and sailing. Fall may bring chillier temperatures and changing leaves, but it also means plenty of festive events for the whole family! Here’s everything you need to know before planning a trip to the Midcoast region, the best place for experiencing autumn in Maine.
Tips for Your Visit to Coastal Maine This Fall
Plan to Cozy Up by a Fire
One of the reasons we love fall in Boothbay Harbor is the cooler temperatures! It’s the perfect halfway point between warm, sunny summers and snowy, cold winters. We recommend taking advantage of this beautiful time of year by cozying up by the fire with loved ones!
Bring the Whole Family
One of the best parts of fall in Midcoast Maine is the abundance of family-friendly attractions and activities available! Take the little ones out to the Boothbay Railway Village, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, or Maine State Aquarium and watch them have a blast. There are also plenty of kid-approved fall events to enjoy! Below are just a few of our favorites.
Attend These Autumn Events in Midcoast Maine
Family Harvest Days
Family Harvest Days is one of the best things to do in Maine in September. This event is an old-fashioned, family-friendly festival that was created to celebrate the arrival of autumn. Patrons of all ages can enjoy attractions like a working blacksmith, artist demonstrations, barrel train rides, farm animals, and so much more.
The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest
Another autumn celebration near Boothbay Harbor that you won’t want to miss is the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest! This is one of the most family-friendly events near Boothbay Harbor and features a Giant Pumpkin Parade, catapult demonstrations, a pumpkin boat regatta, and more. It’s a unique event that the kids will remember forever. We think that the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest is one of the best things to do in Maine in October!
The Pemaquid Oyster Festival
The Pemaquid Oyster Festival is a free event during which guests can enjoy local oysters harvested fresh from the Damariscotta River. Eat them on the half shell, or try one of the many other fantastic dishes prepared by local chefs. This event also features live music and boat rides.
There’s no better place to stay this fall than Linekin Bay Resort! Our historic waterfront resort is open between May and October, so there’s plenty of time to take advantage of the splendor of Maine in the fall. At Linekin Bay Resort, you and your family will love spending quality time by the great fireplace in the Main Lodge, indulging in traditional Maine cuisine at The Deck Bar & Grill, and creating special memories on our beautiful grounds. After booking one of our rustic, comfortable accommodations like our Beacon or Quarterdeck wooded cabins, be sure to check out our on-property activities! Finally, if you work up an appetite at a fun fall event, you’ll love that our restaurant is just a few steps away from your cozy accommodation.