Summer's here and the time is right for planning your upcoming adventures.

Although most people count Memorial Day weekend at the beginning of the season, the “summer solstice” officially arrived at 11:32 p.m. on Sunday. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, the day with the most hours of sunlight. And when you live in a state as beautiful as Maine, it gives you so many options for fun with friends and family.

After the summer of 2020 was pretty much a wash due to Covid, everything is now open and ready to go. What to do? We are truly blessed with so many types of outdoor activities that we are legendary for.

Maine Lobster Rolls are a delicacy that people all over the world clamor for, and we have so many places to choose from when it comes to this iconic Maine treat. Here just a few of highest-rated options.

  • McLoons Lobster Shack
  • The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
  • Quoddy Bay Lobster
  • The Clam Shack
  • Greet's Eats
  • Boothbay Lobster Wharf
  • Five Islands Lobster Co.
  • Bite Into Maine

Watering holes all over the state are once again featuring bands & singers, and even concerts are back and at full capacity on the Bangor Waterfront.

  • Thursday, August 5
    Luke Bryan
  • Thursday, August 19
    Kiss
  • Friday, August 20
    Thomas Rhett

Maine has 48 State Parks and Historic Sites, including:

• Coastal Parks: Ferry Beach, Popham, Reid, Two Lights, Shackford Head, Cobscook Bay.
• Lakeside Parks: Sebago Lake, Damariscotta Lake, Mount Blue, Aroostook.
• Riverside & Waterway Parks: Androscoggin Riverlands, Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

There are 4 National Park sites along with 2 affiliated sites in Maine that receive millions of visitors each year, and that number should grow even bigger in 2021 .

  •  Acadia National Park
  •  Baxter State Park
  •  Reid State Park
  •  Popham Beach State Park
  •  Camden Hills State Park
  •  Quoddy Head State Park

We have gorgeous beaches that give you an opportunity to run head first into the water in the Atlantic Ocean:

  • Kennebunk Beach. Kennebunk
  • Wells Beach. Wells
  • Sand Beach, Acadia National Park. Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
  • Crescent Beach, Cape Elizabeth. Crescent Beach, Cape Elizabeth
  • Ogunquit Beach
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Popham Beach, Phippsburg
  • Higgins Beach, Scarborough

And of course, a ton of local fairs all across the state.

Maine's Fair Schedule 2021

2021 will see the reopening of many events, including our annual fairs. Here's the list of this year's fair schedule and what to look forward to with each one.