If you’re planning a visit to Maine, you’ve probably already scoped out several picturesque beaches to visit. After all, the state is known for its stunning coastlines and unbeatable seafood.
Nevertheless, the Pine Tree State has so much more to offer. Keep reading to discover a collection of 10 hidden gems in Maine that are sure to offer unique and unforgettable experiences.
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
Showcasing minerals and gemstones from across the world alongside a massive collection of meteorites that includes the world’s largest display of Martian and lunar meteorites, the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum is the perfect destination for any geology or space lover. Stop by the Museum Store on your way to pick up an unforgettable souvenir in the form of a piece of handmade jewelry with stunning gems mined in Maine.
The Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick
Perched on a rocky island off the coast of York, the Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick is one of Maine’s most iconic landmarks. Loved by locals but often overlooked by tourists, Nubble Lighthouse is a hidden gem that’s worth adding to your trip itinerary – especially if staying at the Stage Neck Inn as it’s only a 10 minute drive away! Nubble Lighthouse is steeped in history dating back to Colonial times, and today, you can enjoy a wide range of activities, including fishing and scuba diving, or simply relax.
Cutler Bold Coast Preserve
If you want to get up close and personal with the natural beauty of Maine, the Cutler Bold Coast Preserve provides the perfect opportunity. The preserve is part of the larger Bold Coast region and features two long-distance loop hiking trails. Whether you’re looking for a brisk five-mile hike or a challenging 10-mile trek, you’ll soak up stunning views and ocean vistas while navigating the trails.
Located in Yarmouth, Eartha is a unique hidden gem of a destination that is well worth visiting. A giant revolving globe measuring 41 feet in diameter, Eartha is something you won’t soon forget. In fact, Eartha holds the world record as the largest rotating and revolving globe, providing visitors with an interactive, immersive, and awe-inspiring environment to learn about geography.
Wild Blueberry Land
Despite the name, Wild Blueberry Land isn’t some kind of Willy Wonka fever dream, though it is a whimsical theme park dedicated to the blueberry, the official state fruit of Maine. Wild Blueberry Land is fun for the whole family, complete with a mini golf course, a blueberry bakery stocked with homemade sweets, and plenty of opportunities to snack on fresh berries.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Nestled in Boothbay Harbor, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens give visitors a chance to explore over 300 acres of carefully manicured grasslands and other natural spaces. They host various educational exhibits and interactive workshops and events throughout the year, but the stunning views are enough to captivate the entire family.
International Cryptozoology Museum
If you’re a lover of all things weird, wacky, or even paranormal, the International Cryptozoology Museum is a must-see among the hidden gems in Maine. The museum features exhibits of well-known cryptids, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, as well as lesser-known regional cryptids, like yetis and sea serpents.
In York Harbor, you’ll find a unique, undulating suspension footbridge known to locals as the Wiggly Bridge. Originally built in the 1930s, the bridge spans the York River, and despite only being 75 feet across, provides visitors with one of the most unique ways to cross the river. Wiggly Bridge is close to other off-beat attractions, such as the infamous York Witch Grave.
Located in Lewiston, the Goddard Mansion is one of a handful of hidden gems in Maine that offers visitors a chance to step back in time and explore Maine’s rich history. Originally constructed in 1853, the mansion was later acquired by the army in 1900 and served as living quarters for non-commissioned offices. Today, the ruins of the Goddard Mansion are located within Fort Williams Park, which, despite their age, still feature stunning architectural details that reflect the era in which the mansion was built.
- Gnome Home Roam
If you’re looking for family-friendly fun and an excellent way to get young children excited about exploring nature and the world around them, consider an immersive and enchanting walk through the Gnome Home Roam at the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center. Pick up a Gnome Roam map from the parking lot yurt to guide your journey and discover all of the charming, handmade gnomes awaiting your arrival. Explore the magical gnome village, the most densely populated gnome area, and keep your eyes peeled for gnome homes along the trails.
Explore All that Maine Has to Offer
Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or with family, Maine is an excellent vacation destination with lots to offer. Sticking to the popular tourist spots, however, only gives you a glimpse of the breathtaking wonders of the state.
Head off the beaten path and explore the many hidden gems in Maine. From unique museums and landmarks to stunning natural landscapes and quirky attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy here.
Stage Neck Inn is an iconic destination where families and friends share delightful experiences that evolve into lifetime memories. Offering spacious accommodations with modern amenities and classic décor, breathtaking ocean and harbor views and the ocean’s relaxing sounds make for the perfect stay at our oceanfront resort in York Harbor, ME. Book your stay online now.