9 Things to do in Maine during the summer plus 1 thing I want to do

In Maine there are so many things to do, but the most fun can be had in the summer.  Talk about a great vacation spot.  So much to do, see, and eat.  I can go to the beach on sunny days, or the movie theater when its raining, and so much in between.  One place I have never been to in my 13 summers of vacationing in this fine state is a day at the famous Acadia National Park.

Going to the beach

https://www.flickr.com/photos/terrapin_flyer/212856502/in/photolist-4j3ns-jNWPG-4zgXn3-59Hv5L-8uTZrX-S2QyC-8zN96t-4ws6w7-hPTVp-6uzouD-72H7dh-iszY3-72D79a-72D8CT-isGoj-2TwP3r-2TBmvW-isGok-ib2Cp-8iJqbf1)  Of course, going to the beach in Maine, there are so many choices of where to go.  And if you don’t like sitting at the beach all day you can certainly take a walk, jog, or even bike ride along the beach to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Going to the beach is a must for sure!  My “home beach” is Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport.  But there are also many other options, like York Beach and Old Orchard.  The best part is that it doesn’t cost that much.  You can walk, depending on where you are staying, or pay a parking fee.  Most people bring their own snacks and lunches to the beach in coolers, or bags.  Do not worry though, at some beaches there are restaurant’s around the area.

Water Parks

https://www.flickr.com/photos/collingwood3419/6091342959/in/photolist-ahgJ3t-bZzJS5-bo6zkp-4hgh43-7Pnvg3-8truc5-dWDR9s-9V1Q3S-ak4cde-ajJVw6-9EthYH-9K9CXM-8xvWX1-8Znwmm-cpFexu-hF12J-ekkkEm-b8MxUr-uqCWn-hJCr7-fk4TMZ-dapRem-dXzBey-ddYg3a-dapMhU-fctcFX-9z9rFf-uqDbV-a8tUYC-KCJoq-4drsLL-hnfCwt-hCaG3-e9mXFR-uqDQF-uqDv8-brxRiK-4ifb9P-2gefVh-6ghehP-4PhG4a-6K32hc-bBVAXv-6ghe74-e4fSG5-6ghbmX-6gmnh9-5sEut6-6ghchc-6ghavF2)  If you are tired of the beach and getting sandy,  there are two great water parks.  I highly recommend both Aquabogan and Funtown Splashtown.  Each water park costs about the same price, an estimated 18-35 dollars per person a day.  You can also bring or purchase foods there.  Aquabogan from my experience was just a bunch of big water slides you go down in tubes.  Funtown Splashtown is more of a water park with a variety of slides, and jungle gym like obstacles.

Lighthouses

https://www.flickr.com/search?text=maine%20lighthouses&sort=relevance3)  Since you are in the lighthouse state,  home to 65 still standing historical lighthouses, you might as well try visiting one.  My recommended lighthouse would be Portland Breakwater Light, but there are a variety of them everywhere.  Lighthouses happen to be one of the biggest tourist attractions in Maine.  Visiting any lighthouse can be as little as no cost at all!

Monkey Trunks

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Smitty’s

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alohakarina/7140881881/in/photolist-bT1Tp8-5CmJqN5)  A rainy day and not to much to do?  Smittys, one of my favorite theaters to go to in Maine.  You can watch a movie and have your average candy and popcorn, but you can also order food from your table in the cinema.  Smitty’s isn’t like your average looking theater, its small and you buy tickets and food at the same register.  It is also a fun time and they have delicious food.  The seats are the most comfortable seats I have ever sat in, just seeping right in to them, like they are marshmallows.  They have an arcade like most theaters, but are known for serving meals during the movie, and big ice cream sundaes.  My favorite things to get are the chicken fingers and fudge brownie sundae.  Depending on what you get to eat this trip could be costly like any theater, but it is a fun way to watch a movie and just a different, fun experience.

Lobster

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Moose Safari

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dagma/4764277397/in/photolist-8g1aFK-57rq4o-57nee2-57rrsu-57rs43-57ndYX-57rqKN-57ndw6-57nffe-57ndC8-57rqGu-57rqWu-57rqn9-57rr8d-57rqru-57ndJp-57neB8-57rse9-57rrKf-57rqxq-57rqv9-57ndnt-57nfj4-57rqt9-57nepD-57rs9S-57rrBS-57ndtB-57rqfN-57rrFG-57rreu-57neTe-57nevz-57nfsp-57rqyQ-57rqPA-57rqdj-57rrmA-57neQ2-57nf8v-57rr1f-57ndDZ-57ndrr-57nfbP-ayMgDp-8nwRTW-4989XU-5a6XjV-5abbAQ-amzkdg7)  Maine is home to the moose.  Moose are the state animal in Maine.  With an estimated 29,000 moose scattered around the state.  You would think, having 29,000 moose in the state of Maine they would be easy to spot, but they aren’t so easy to spot so there are numerous moose safaris available throughout the state.  We have tried to see moose at my house for years, and we live in the woods.  Moose are so hard to find, we are only lucky enough to have ever seen four.  On a moose safari they take you to the perfect spot to see many moose just in a short while, located in their natural habitats.

Kayaking

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Shopping

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Somewhere I want to go:

https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=acadia%20national%20park10)  Acadia national park is a magnificent sight.  So much to do there from visiting sand beach, to a hike or bike ride around park trails.  They have beautiful views of the sunset and sunrise on Cadillac Mountain.

Now you can plan your vacation to Maine.  Knowing all the hot spots, and places to be.  Planning your trip around these activities.  Maybe you go to the beach and eat lobster staying for a week or so, or maybe you just take a day trip up to Maine.  Whatever you do – get yourself up to Maine this summer.  If you happen to be at Acadia National Park, would you mind letting me know how it is? Continue reading

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Water Country

There is nothing more refreshing than being at a waterpark on a hot summer day.  In Portsmouth, New Hampshire there is a water park called Water Country.  The park opened in 1984 by the Samuels family until Festival Fun Parks bought out the family in 2000.   Palace Entertainment now owns the water park which contains many slides, waves, rivers, and swimming pools for all ages.

The newest ride to the park is Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror.  It will open this season.  In a two person tube, you will sit face to face and take a 40 foot plunge through a twisting totally dark tunnel.  During the ride you will experience a tornado funnel that will make your head spin.  It is the first ride like this in New England.   Another thrilling experience is the Double Geronimo which is a body slide.  You fly down a 58 foot slide that is nearly vertical.

A gentler experience could include the Giant Wave Pool.  It is New England’s largest wave pool containing 700,000 gallons of water.   The adventure river allows you to float for ¼ of a mile through waterfalls, fountains and caves.  In addition, there is an Activity Pool where

for the whole family can relax for open swim.

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Photo Credits: rickpilot_2000

The schedule for Water Country begins in early June and ends on Labor Day.  The park opens at 10:30 am and closes at either 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm depending on the day.  Check weather as the park may alter its hours.  It is usually open if raining but severe weather may close the park.  The single day tickets prices are $37.99 for 48” and taller, $25.99 under 48”, $25.99 for 65 and older.  Children under 2 years are free.  Season passes are available for $65.99.  The contact information is www.watercountry.com on the web or call 1-603-427-1111.

History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Summer

Summer

The warmth of the sun on your skin

Visiting places you’ve never been

The smell of sea salt at the beach

Makes you feel so very free

Children running to the ice cream man

And their toes sinking into the sand

While you relax, burn and tan

No one is concerned about school

And thats not the best part

This is what makes it summer

Having fun with your friends

Swimming, Barbecues, Bonfires

S’mores, Burgers, and Popsicles

That is why…

…All these things involve one word…

Summer  

Summer: A Poem

Photo Credit: Varun Kapoor

Photo Credit: Varun Kapoor

Long days, short nights

Walking Barefoot

Playing with kites

 

Going to Camp

Staying out late

Meeting with friends

Fishing with bait

 

Doing what you please

Climbing up trees

Going to the beach

Not having to recite a long, long, long, long speech

 

Cinnamon bun

Water gun

Midnight sun

That long run

 

Hamburger bun

Tanning under the sun

Having fun

Until summer’s done

 

Going on a family vacation

Touring the nation

Playing games outside

Eating foods that are fried

 

Swimming in a lake

Stuffing your mouth with cake

 

Not an old plumber

Not a big fat bummer

But Summer

Summer.

 

End of School

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photo credit: Shailesh Kuttappan, Wikimedia Commons

It’s the end of school

Mixed feelings

Mostly happy, but a little down

Leaving friends behind

Breaking old routine

But then you realize what lies ahead;

Sunny weather

Days at the pool

Relaxing at the beach

No homework

Sure it’s the end of something, but the start of something new

What lies ahead?

You don’t know until you live it

It’s the end of school