With Memorial Day weekend officially in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start looking ahead to your next summertime escape to beautiful Midcoast Maine. More and more families are discovering the allure of an August getaway to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Whether you’re hoping to watch humpback whales leap into the clear blue sky, enjoy fresh-caught Maine lobster, or drift through serene Boothbay Harbor on a sailboat, you’ll quickly discover that our oceanside communities are home to the best things to do in Maine in August. Newagen Seaside Inn is centrally located to the area’s best attractions, state parks, lighthouses, and restaurants, helping us remain one of the top-rated oceanfront hotels in Maine. To ensure that your late-summer escape to Boothbay Harbor is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled four of our favorite things to do in Maine in August based on personal experience and guest feedback.
Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch
For over 80 years, Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch has been guiding travelers into the pristine waters of Boothbay Harbor in search of awe-inspiring whales, ranging from massive humpbacks to speedy minkes. Interestingly, Cap’n Fish’s vessels are custom-designed to remain environmentally conscious! During this three-hour excursion, you’ll likely cruise past multiple whale species, dolphins, sharks, seabirds, and seals. Each fully-narrated cruise also drifts past serene islands, historic lighthouses, and hard-at-work lobstermen. While humpback whales are most common, spotting minkes, fins, and pilots is a possibility.
Tuesday Lobster Bakes
One of the most popular things to do in Maine in August here at Newagen Seaside Inn is our weekly Tuesday Lobster Bakes located on our spacious oceanfront lawn. Guests, locals, and hungry vacationers alike have the rare opportunity to enjoy fresh-caught, baked lobster along the banks of Cape Harbor. The juicy, fresh-caught lobster is complemented by mussels, sweet corn on the cob, and local potatoes steamed in seaweed. These can’t-miss lobster bakes only run in July and August, so please call 1-207-633-5242 to make reservations.
Explore Popham Beach State Park
If you’re hoping to explore the Atlantic Ocean, a historic fort, and a pristine state park all in one stop, then look no further than Popham Beach State Park, one of our favorite things to do in Maine in August. Late summer is the perfect time to stroll along Popham Beach’s shallow shoreline. Popham Beach extends three miles from the Kennebec River’s mouth at Fort Popham all the way down to Morse Point. Most visitors beachcomb, sunbath, fly kites, swim, and fish for striped bass. During low tide, you can walk to Fox and Wood Island; otherwise, two lighthouses are clearly visible from the northeast end of the beach, particularly Pond Island Light.
There’s no better time to be deep at sea than August as Boothbay Harbor is typically filled with jaw-dropping aquatic mammals, colorful seabirds, and beautiful sailboats. If you’re not visiting our seaside retreat via sailboat, we recommend enrolling in a full-day sailing excursion through a Boothbay Harbor business. Sail Muscongus, despite the neighboring world-class competition, provides the best sailing trips in the region. Hop aboard “Sarah Mead” for a late summer adventure of a lifetime! Whereas many of the other local schooners will take you on a tour of the area, Sail Muscongus will feel like an authentic, old-world voyage. You’ll haul lobster traps, sail around deserted islands, observe historic lighthouses, and learn how to sail alongside professionals.
The Top Things to Do in Maine in August
It was hard to narrow down the top things to do in Maine to four selections – leaving out the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, puffin cruises, and Cabbage Island Clambakes wasn’t easy. Newagen Seaside Inn, one of the top-reviewed Boothbay Harbor hotels, is minutes away from the best state parks, museums, lobster shacks, and small towns in Maine. Travelers from across New England choose us time and again because of our jaw-dropping cape views, ocean-view dining, on-site activities, and elegant seaside accommodations. To book a well-deserved late-summer escape to Boothbay Harbor, please give us a call today at 1-800-654-5242, or visit us online.