It's that time of year again! Who is hungry for Maine seafood?

As the weather finally starts to warm up, the 2024 season for lobster pounds & shacks is upon us across the state.

One of the great things about hitting the open road to explore Maine is the abundance of mouth-watering food that we are blessed to have, from Fort Kent to Kittery. With this in mind, we did some detective work for you and found out when some of these seasonal hot spots will be opening for the year.

The first time the term “lobster pound” was used, was on Vinalhaven Island, in 1875 to describe a method of storing live lobster by running fresh seawater through their storage containers. Now, it means let's eat! There is no shortage of places to enjoy delicious Maine seafood, so get ready to strap on the feed bag and enjoy!

Here are opening dates for some of the most popular establishments in Maine:

Island Lobster Company 20 Island Avenue, Peaks Island. Opens May 2nd

Ruth & Wimpy's 792 US-1, Hancock. Opens May 15th

Young's Lobster Pound Fairview St. Belfast, Maine. Now open

Five Islands Lobster Co. 5 Islands Rd, Georgetown. Opens May 11th

Jones Lobster Company 421 Main Rd, Holden. Open

Beal's Lobster Pier 182 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor. Opens May 15th

Ogunquit Lobster Pound 504 Main St, Ogunquit. Now open Friday-Sunday

Thurston's Lobster Pound 9 Thurston Road, Bernard. Opens Memorial Day weekend

The Lobster Shack At Two Lights Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth. Now open

Stewman's Lobster Pound Bar Harbor Regency, Downtown Bar Harbor. Opens Memorial Day weekend

Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant 22 Harris Island, York. Opens Memorial Day weekend

Red's Eats 41 Water Street, Wiscasset. May 1st

Mabel's Lobster Claw 124 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. Opens May 2024

Perkins Cove Lobster Shack 110 Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit. Now open

Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound 1237 Bar Harbor Rd, Trenton Opens Father's Day Weekend, June 14th

Day's Maine 1269 US Route One, Yarmouth. Opens April 2024

Mc Loon's Lobster Shack 315 Island Road, Spruce Head Island. Opens May 24th

Claw's 743 Main Street, Rockland. Opens May 22nd

Cook's Lobster & Ale House 68 Garrison Cove Road, Bailey Island. Now open

Union River Lobster Pot 8 South St, Ellsworth. Opens June 2024

Fox's Lobster House 8 Sohier Park Road, York Beach. Opens April 24th

Boothbay Lobster Wharf 97 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor. Opens May 24th

Abel's Lobster MDI 13 Abels Lane, Mount Desert. Opens May 2024

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