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Maine sits at the northeastern tip of the United States, and because of this, it is one of the most spectacular locations in North America to enjoy the delights of the season! Do you want to spend a cool autumn day hand-picking crisp, delicious apples in a picturesque apple orchard? Then Maine is the place to go for you.
Would you like to spend an afternoon—or perhaps a moonlit evening—exploring an award-winning corn maze that attracts thousands of visitors each season? Maine’s the perfect spot for that, too.
How about taking a hay-ride out to a well-tended field where you can pick the perfect pumpkin for your front step, before sampling freshly-made apple cider and artisan donuts? This is absolutely something you can do in Maine!
Oh, you’re looking for some spooky, Halloween fun? The home and inspiration of Stephen King, America’s favorite horror writer, Maine is 100% the place for that!
How about a fall festival that celebrates all things fall? How about doing it all with a backdrop of stunning fall foliage? Then yes, Maine is definitely the place to go for your fun fall festivities this year!
Where to Go for the Best Apple Orchards
Located in Livermore, ME, and the very picture of the charm that this gorgeous New England state offers, Boothby’s Orchard and Winery provides visitors a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily grind by completely immersing themselves in the slower pace of rural Maine.
Not only can you pick-your-own apples and then sample Boothby’s selection of handcrafted fruit wines, but you can also opt to stay a little longer by renting out one of the vintage farmhouses they offer for overnight lodging. Take advantage of this opportunity to slow down, unwind, and relax in the beauty of Southern Maine in fall.
While there are several options for pick-your-own apple orchards in Maine, Lakeside Orchards is another of the favorite apple orchards in The Pine Tree State. This 200-acre farm in Manchester has been in the apple business for over 40 years and has created a delightful market for handcrafted goods made from farm-fresh ingredients, including baked treats, comforting soups, stews, burritos, and all kinds of other goodies!
With live music on the weekends, Lakeside Orchards is the perfect place to go enjoy a fall weekend in Maine. Be sure to check their Facebook page for Lakeside Live Meadow Music updates to see who’s playing.
Where to Go for the Best Corn Mazes
What could possibly be a more quintessential New England fall activity than wandering around lost in a corn maze? There is no small number of corn mazes to choose from in this area of the country, but the longest continually running corn maze in Maine absolutely must be on the list of corn mazes to visit.
Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant is one of those family farms that really does it up for all who decide to take on the challenge of their four-acre maze. Riddle stations are set up within the maze in keeping with each year’s theme, and anyone that can complete the puzzle is treated to free ice cream at the end! In addition to the corn maze and ice cream, this beautiful working farm also has a petting zoo and a café to explore while you’re there.
McDougal Orchards is another Maine favorite when it comes to fall fun and corn mazes! Located in Springvale, Maine, this seven-generation family farm has carefully curated a wholesome, laid-back, on-the-farm vibe for all who make the trip out to visit. The corn maze is about an acre, so it is a nice accessible option for those who might not be up for hours upon hours spent wandering lost amongst the stalks of corn.
In addition to the corn maze, McDougal Orchards offers miles of trails to explore this beautiful pocket of Southern Maine, wagon rides, a farm store with a ton of local offerings, picnic areas, a fairy village, and their own culinary crown jewel, Captain Jack’s Donut Shack! The Donut Shack offers a unique selection of donuts and other tasty treats, like apple cider donuts, cider donut whoopie pies, and cider slushies.
Where to Go for the Best Pumpkin Patches
Looking for a pumpkin? Options abound in the great state of Maine, with most pumpkin patches offering much more beyond just fantastic pumpkin selections. Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton, ME is a prime example of the kind of pumpkin patch experience that can be found in this area of New England. Hayrides, a petting zoo, a giant jumping pillow, corn pit, ball launchers, and a six-acre corn maze are just a few of the reasons to choose Pumpkin Valley Farm for your pumpkin patch excursion this fall.
If you get hungry, The Cow Lick Café is your one-stop-shop for homemade kettle corn, cotton candy, and cider, and The Rusty Bucket food truck offers brick oven pizza and adult beverages. Pumpkin Valley Farm will not disappoint!
If you are looking for a pumpkin patch experience that’s a little more involved, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment in Freeport might be a little more up to your speed! This isn’t your standard “cute and quaint” little farm, but rather a dynamic educational center that showcases and offers information about sustainable agricultural and environmental practices via fun demonstrations, workshops, and events.
Bicycling, kayaking, hiking, and shopping at the farm store are available all year round, but Wolfe’s Neck Center really kicks it into overdrive with their Fall on the Farm lineup. Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch and catch one of their many fall events, depending on when you choose to visit.
You might end up being able to check out their Arts and Culture weekend, where workshops and demonstrations explore the ties between song, art, cultural traditions, and community, or maybe you might happen to be out there during Music Mayhem, when musical treats and dancing abound. Whatever weekend you choose, be sure to clear your schedule so you can spend plenty of time exploring this spectacular area of coastal Maine.
Where to Go for Spooky, Halloween Fun
If you’d like to get up close and personal to the area of the country that has grown and nurtured the mind of one of the most prolific horror writers in the US, then SK Tours in Bangor has to be included in things to do for spooky, Halloween fun in Maine!
Another tour group with a stellar reputation for delivering on spooky and stimulating Halloween fun is the Red Cloak Tours group. Run by a researcher and writer who committed herself to the history of Maine’s spookiest mysteries to create her Haunted History Tour, these Bar Harbor walking tours have expanded out to Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta, Hallowell, Rockland, and Wiscasset, as well.
Rave reviews on Tripadvisor consistently rate Red Cloak Tours as one of the very best haunted history tours available in this section of New England, so be sure to add it to your list of things to do for Halloween fun in Maine!
For those looking for a little more hands-on and immersive haunted Halloween fun, here is a list of Maine’s haunted locations.
Where to Go for the Best Fall Festivals
Come autumn, there is one thing that you will be able to find plenty of in Maine: Fall festivals! In fact, there are so many fall festivals that your biggest concern may be deciding which one you will check out during your visit to Maine.
One that cannot be missed is the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta, a 10-day celebration of all things pumpkin-related. Pumpkin-centered festivities include painted pumpkin contests, pumpkin dessert contests, pumpkin eating contests, a Giant Pumpkin Parade, and a 180 feet Pumpkin Drop, in which a massive pumpkin is hoisted 180 feet into the air and dropped over a large inflatable pool filled with beach balls… Who wouldn’t want to see that???
And that isn’t even the signature event of the week! The Pumpkinboat Regatta is the main event, with participants racing 400-700lb hollowed-out pumpkins fitted with motors across the Damariscotta Harbor. It’s no wonder this quirky fall festival was voted “Best Fall Festival in Maine” by Travel and Leisure in 2017!
Another prime example of the fun fall festivities to be found in Maine is Acadia’s Oktoberfest Beer, Food, Music, and Crafts Festival. As the name suggests, this festival is all about celebrating the changing season with a good time! There is a home-brewers competition, music and entertainment, local vendors showcasing their crafts, and fun events such as “Stein Hoisting” and “Keg Tossing.” The festivities happen on Smuggler’s Den Campground in beautiful Acadia National Park, so this fall fest offers more than just a good time, drawing you into a spectacularly scenic Maine destination.
For a glimpse of fall celebration in a classically quaint New England town, Freeport Fall Festival is the place to go! It’s three days of live music, art showcases, and handcrafted goods that takes place at the L.L. Bean campus in picturesque Freeport. With quintessential Maine activities like the “Chowdah Challenge,” Freeport Fall Festival is the place to go for a taste of small-town fall festival fun.
Where to Go to See Fall Foliage
September through late October, the state of Maine experiences a magical makeover, courtesy of Mother Nature, as the landscape blazes with burnt oranges, golden yellows, and deep crimson reds. The color show begins at the northern tip of the state, typically around the third week of September. Every week, the landscape yields itself to autumn transformation as it spreads further south along the hillsides, valleys, and coasts.
A particularly scenic route is Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway, taking you 35 miles through central-western Maine along lakes, mountains, and a series of charming New England villages. To get real-time information on where the color is happening, the Maine Office of Tourism offers this toll-free number available from mid-September to Columbus Day: 1 888 624 6345, and the Visit Maine website has even laid out their favorite routes for scenic fall foliage viewing!
See also: our collection of New England Fall Road Trip Ideas
There is much to see and do in Maine at all times of the year, but fall is an especially fun time to visit this gorgeous state. Not only will the scenery never disappoint, but Mainers sure know how to celebrate the season! As Coronavirus concerns continue for most of the country in 2020, be sure to double-check your itinerary by visiting websites and making phone calls to the places you plan to visit to confirm accessibility in these trying times. Also be sure to follow all Maine regulations for out-of-state visitors.
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