1. Eat a lobster roll the right way – with mayo on a picnic bench with a water view

Lobster roll from the Bite Into Maine food truck at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.  John Ewing/Portland Press Herald

2. Take a ferry to an island. (Go to exploremaine.org for all your options.)

Riders unload the ferry at Peaks Island. Kat Franchino/Portland Press Herald

3. See a drive-in movie; there are theaters in Saco, Westbrook, Bridgton, Farmington and Skowhegan.

Cars park at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In for a movie showing. Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald

4. Watch a pig scramble. (Find fair schedules at mainefairs.org.)

Two children pursue a pig during the pig scramble at the Skowhegan State Fair. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

5. Spot a moose (if not in the wild, there’s always Maine Wildlife Park in Gray).

A fisherman Kevin Murray is surprised mid-cast by a pair of moose – a cow and a calf – along the banks of the West Branch of the Penobscot River near Millinocket. Dave Sherwood/Portland Press Herald

6. Climb a 4,000-foot peak – you have 14 to choose from.


A hiker makes his way along the Appalchain Trail on the Bigelow Mountain ridge in Stratton. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

7. Take a dip in the ocean. (It doesn’t count unless you get your hair wet.)

A swimmer takes a dip in the 49-degree ocean off Old Orchard Beach. Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald

8. Hear the call of the common loon on a lake. (The Maine Loon Project estimates 3,269 adults live in the state’s southern half.)

A common loon readies to launch from Cupsuptic Lake, part of the Rangeley Lakes Heriteage Trust. Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald

9. Get inside a lighthouse (for free on Open Lighthouse Day – Sept. 14 this year)

People take in the view at the top of the Portland Head Light, where visitors could climb up the spiral staircase to the top of the tower for Open Lighthouse Day. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald

10. Pick your own strawberries – and sneak a few while you do.

The strawberry season lasts about thre or four weeks, from late June to late July, at Maxwell’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth, where you can pick your own. John Patriquin/Portland Press Herald

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