Maine is the perfect destination for your spring break getaway if you love fresh seafood, water sports, and historic attractions. Visit Kennebunkport — the location of former President George H.W. Bush’s summer home — for an unforgettable time; ride bikes through Portland; or tour a lobster hatchery in Bar Harbor. See majestic lighthouses and enjoy delicious lobster rolls throughout the Pine Tree State. Book a stay at one of many Maine vacation rentals for your spring break. Take a look at the top cities and towns in Maine for spring break.

1. Augusta

Maine State Legislature Office
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Made of local granite, the State House dome symbolizes Augusta, Maine’s capital city on the banks of the Kennebec River. Learn its history at the Maine State Museum next door to the legislative building. The museum schedules tours of The Blaine House, the governor’s mansion. Nearby, the Children’s Discovery Museum’s exciting interactive exhibits like Grocery Store, Bank, and Theater help kids learn about the world. Cross the river to visit Old Fort Western, the wooden fort built in 1754. At mealtime, consider fried seafood and lobster rolls, popular menu items at The Red Barn.

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2. Bangor

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Situated on the Penobscot River, Bangor is called the Queen City of the East. With its student focus, the University of Maine Museum of Art’s collections feature original prints and photographs from the 1900s. Fun hands-on activities await kids at The Maine Discovery Museum, offering special camp programs during school breaks. See a wide array of historic vehicles from snowplows to military trucks at the amazing Cole Land Transportation Museum, and there’s more local history at the Bangor Historical Society and Thomas A. Hill House Museum. Browse for unique gifts and gems at the Rock and Art Shop, and snap a photo of the Paul Bunyan statue at Bass Park. Before you leave town, savor the Eagles Nest Restaurant’s large lobster rolls with slaw and fries.

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3. Portland

Lighthouse near the ocean shore
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Portland is a bicyclist’s paradise. Rent bikes at Cyclemania or Gorham Bike and Ski, and ride along Commercial Street to see the downtown waterfront. Stop at the Portland Science Center, East End Beach, and the Eastern Promenade. Visit the Portland Observatory, Victoria Mansion, and Portland Museum of Art. Dine with locals enjoying the poutine and duck-fat Belgian fries at Duckfat, mashed potato pizza at OTTO, and jumbo burgers at Nosh Kitchen Bar. For a fun day trip, take a Casco Bay Lines ferry to Peaks Island, a Portland neighborhood. Head to Brad’s Island Bike Rentals & Repairs, and then pedal to Battery Steele or Backshore for amazing bay and ocean views. Tour the unique Umbrella Cover Museum before watching the sunset and enjoying lobster and edamame fritters at the Cockeyed Gull.

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4. Kennebunkport

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Spend your break in the town of Kennebunkport, the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush. After snapping photos of the Bush compound at Walker’s Point, have a stack of blueberry pancakes at All Day Breakfast. Walk it off at the First Families Kennebunkport Museum, an 1853 mansion featuring Bush family memorabilia. Don’t leave town without visiting the Seashore Trolley Museum, which offers rides on an authentic electric trolley. Relax over a bowl of lobster bisque at Alisson’s Restaurant before returning to your Kennebunkport vacation rental.

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5. Kennebunk

The Wedding Cake House
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When you visit the town of Kennebunk, Maine, tour the historic Wedding Cake House, built in 1825 by George W. Bourne, and go to the Brick Store Museum and galleries downtown. Head out to the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge for the mile-long education trail, featuring marshes, rivers, and forested areas. Get delectable lobster rolls with mayo and butter at The Clam Shack, and drink coffee with the locals at H.B. Provisions, Kennebunk’s classic general store.

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6. Rockland

fluffy clouds and bright blue sea water

Rockland is a spring break vacation destination with something for everyone. Navigate with a sextant like a seasoned sailor, and see a dozen running antique steam engines at the waterfront Sail Power & Steam Museum. The Maine Lighthouse Museum attracts maritime history buffs with its fascinating collections of foghorns, lighthouse lenses, and other ship-guiding, life-saving equipment. Kids love the indoor slide at The Coastal Children’s Museum, which offers hands-on exhibits, such as Touch Tank, Pet Vet Clinic, and Ladybug, a Beetle Cat sailboat. Art lovers gravitate toward Farnsworth Art Museum, featuring American works, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Photographers get great marine shots at Harbor Park, and fans of eggs Benedict, homemade corn beef hash, and haddock sandwiches enjoy eating at Home Kitchen Cafe.

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7. Bar Harbor

Lighthouse up on the cliff

Enjoy a unique vacation experience at scenic Bar Harbor, located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island next to Acadia National Park. Take photos and tour the grounds of the island’s Bass Harbor Head Light, positioned high on a cliff, and walk the Shore Path. See the area on Oli’s Trolley Tours, and spot whales and North American puffins with the help of Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. At the Mount Desert Island Oceanarium, you can watch baby lobsters grow. Learn everything you wanted to know about these crustaceans at the Maine Lobster Museum, which features a lobster hatchery tour. Take a nature photography workshop at Acadia Photo Safari, and play a round of miniature golf with your family at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. For a hearty breakfast or brunch featuring Maine wild blueberry pancakes, try Cafe This Way. Later, check out Thirsty Whale for delicious burgers and lobster rolls.

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8. Cape Elizabeth

wild flowers growing near the lighthouse

Start your visit to peaceful Cape Elizabeth at Fort Williams Park, home of Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse, a museum, and a gift shop. Stop by the town’s oldest public building, Spurwink Church, perched on a hill overlooking the Spurwink River. Take your family to Two Lights State Park for amazing views of Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to go kayaking, contact Seaspray Kayaking for kayak rentals and instructions or take a guided tour. To fish for free, cast your rod at Great Pond, and when you’re finished, enjoy a lobster roll and blueberry soda at Bite Into Maine.

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