Maine has been dubbed Vacationland for a reason. Each year, thousands of people from across the continent travel to our very own home state to enjoy the sights and sounds in our backyards. This summer, join in on the fun. Explore the unique offerings and hidden gems you pass by each day on the commute to work or while running errands.
Hopefully you tried out some of our recommendations mentioned in last month’s post. Here are some more great ways to enjoy your summer in Buxton, ME.
Things to Do in Buxton, ME
You don’t need to go far to find some summer fun. Learn to fly fish, hand pick locally grown blueberries, and go to plenty of brunches to make the most of the weeks before back-to-school season.
Two-Sheds Fishing Guide Service
Learn how to fish like a pro at Two-Sheds Fishing Guide Service. Richard “Two-Sheds” deCosta, a registered Maine guide, offers guided fishing on Mousam Lake and trips down the Saco River. If you’re looking for something more unique, they also offer custom-designed trips, like motorcycle fly fishing tours. Learn how to fly fish for trout, salmon, bass, or something else you’ve set your heart on.
Estes Farm is a blueberry farm here in Buxton that has been a family-owned and -operated business since 1954. The farm has over 2,000 bushes, offering pick-your-own services throughout blueberry season—which for those out of the loop runs from late July to early September. Spend the day picking delicious, coveted Maine blueberries with your family to later bake into all kinds of goodies. Stockpile blueberry recipes for pancakes, muffins, and pies ahead of time to put your loot to good use.
Make room in your summer itinerary to schedule a brunch or two (or three) at Buxton Common. Residing in a revitalized 18th century home, the restaurant is full of charm. Made up of several cozy dining rooms and a bar made of reclaimed beams, their rustic country fare offers plenty of pulled pork, brisket, and fried chicken. Other must-have menu items include poutine and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Yes, please.
Things to Do Near Buxton, ME
Here in Buxton, we are fortunate to be in close proximity to other incredible towns and cities. Add some beach days to your summer plans, as well as sailing cruises down the Saco River, and get your fill of fresh lobster.
Saco is just a 20-minute drive from Buxton. It also has not one but two of Maine’s most popular amusement parks. In our last post, we mentioned Funtown Splashtown USA, so if you tried that out and liked it, here’s another treat! Aquaboggan Water Park offers high-speed water slides, relaxing pools, mini-golf, and more. So why not spend the day with your family cooling off from the heat of summer?
The Saco Drive-in is just one of six left in the state. A historic part of the community, the drive-in has been open since 1939. Have a nostalgic night out munching on popcorn, while tuning into the featured back-to-back movies’ audio from your car radio. Just don’t forget the bug spray!
Broad Reach Sailing and River Tours offer sailing cruises ranging from an hour and a half to a full six hours. Design a cruise that’s totally customized to your plans for the day. Sail at sunset to enjoy the colorful sky fading to night or spend the day out at sea, soaking up the sun.
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A 24-minute drive from Buxton, Old Orchard Beach is a stop you’ll want to make more than once each summer—that is, if you don’t already.
Take a beach day with the family, building sandcastles and splashing in the refreshingly frigid waves. Once you’re dried from soaking up the sun, take a stroll down Old Orchard’s pier. Take advantage of locals’ free admittance to window shop, stock up on candy, and indulge in a large order of fries sprinkled with vinegar. Those looking for endless fun will want to stuff their pockets with tickets for carnival rides and arcade games at Palace Playland before heading to Pirates Cove for a game of mini-golf. In July, you’ll want to visit for the Annual Family Sand Sculpture Contest and Independence Day Parade.
The city of Portland is just a 30-minute drive from Buxton and has plenty to offer.
Biking enthusiasts will want to explore the city’s peninsula on its bike trails.
Make the most of lobster season by dining at celebrated restaurants, like Eventide Oyster Co., Gilbert’s Chowder House, and J’s Oyster. Or better yet take a lobster tour with Lucky Catch Cruises to catch your very own lobster dinner.
Pick up some fresh, local produce at the Portland Farmers’ Market, which has been operating for over 200 years! Once you’ve stocked up, be sure to visit the lavish historic Victoria Mansion, which has been operating as a museum since 1941. Originally a summer home built in the mid-1800s, Victoria Mansion was equipped with the most luxurious and cutting-edge amenities for the time, such as running water and gas heat.