There’s a lot to see in do in the Pine Tree State, but some activities really stand the test of time. Read our picks for the best classic attractions in Maine.
Historic Highlight – Best Summer Stock
Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit (1933)
Catch a musical in the 675-seat Ogunquit Playhouse, operating every summer since 1933. Over the years, stars such as Sally Struthers, Lorenzo Lamas, and Rue McClanahan have performed here in productions including The King and I, The Full Monty, and Crazy for You. In addition to Broadway hits, the Playhouse stages regional premieres, as well, including Billy Elliot and The Addams Family. Get the inside scoop on a backstage tour.
10 Main St. (U.S. Route 1). 207-646-5511; ogunquitplayhouse.org
Historic Highlight – Best Art & Architecture
Portland Museum of Art, Portland (1911)
Explore three centuries of works, including a top-flight collection of paintings by American Realist and Impressionist masters (Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, and Marsden Hartley, to name a few) and fine and decorative arts.
7 Congress Square. 207-775-6148; portlandmuseum.org
Best Hidden Lobster Shack
McLoon’s Lobster, South Thomaston
It’s a little extra work to find McLoon’s, hidden on causeway-connected Spruce Head Island, but it’s worth it for the ultra-fresh lobster paired with breathtaking views over a working wharf and spruce-fringed islands. Don’t like lobster? Enjoy crab cakes, burgers, hot dogs, and the homemade sandwiches: from $5.
327 Island Road. 207-593-1382; mcloonslobster.com
Best Resort History Lesson
Poland Spring Resort & Preservation Park, Poland
Get an up-close look at the history of Poland Spring, learning about the water, the grand resort, the celebrities who frequented it, and the Ricker family, while touring historic buildings and sites. Donations requested.
640 Maine St. 207-998-4351; polandspringinns.com