two couples running in a lake at sunset
two couples running in a lake at sunset

Soak up the sun this season and explore the 10 best summer activities near Greenville, ME!

Summer is a special time of year in the remote countryside of the Northeast. Our luxurious wilderness lodge is nestled within endless shades of green and bordered by the calming waters of Moosehead Lake. Nature enthusiasts, remote wanderers, and seasoned travelers will find these summertime experiences are second to none. 

1. Summertime Swimming

Did you know that Moosehead Lake and the dozens of other beautiful lakes around us reach ideal temperatures for swimming during the summer months? With temperatures up to the mid-70s from June to August, swimming is the perfect daytime activity to help beat the heat.

Check Out These Popular Swimming Spots:

  • Mt. Kineo — check out the well-loved pebble beach on the island with a rope swing and swimming area!
  • Lily Bay State Park — see our blog post for details 
  • Red Cross Beach — lifeguard on duty during specific summer hours
  • The Greenville Junction Wharf — includes a lakeside playground and beach.
  • Monson Public Beach off Blanchard Road — sandy beach with floats you can swim to and jump off of) 
  • Little Wilson Falls in Monson — part of the Appalachian Trail and includes pools perfect for swimming. Please be careful: the rocks around the pools can be very slippery

2. Seasonal Eats

One of the best parts of the summer is the seasonal delicacies that come along with it. During the summer months, Maine is famous for its seafood, which features fresh black sea bass, flounder, hake, herring, and, of course, lobster! These dishes are complimented nicely with some of our favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini, beets, and more.

Enjoy seasonal eats and amazing views at our renowned restaurant, 368 Maine. The restaurant is open Thursdays through Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. We recommend making a reservation, but it is not required.

368 Maine serves modern American food utilizing local ingredients and combining them with modern techniques. Try something new this summer—your taste buds may thank you!

3. Hiking the Pine Tree State

There are so many fabulous hikes located just short distances from the Lodge. You can find beginner, moderate, and advanced hikes around us, making it the perfect summer activity regardless of your skill set. The thick green canopies and clear blue waters along the way are a quintessential part of a Maine summer.

Check out some of our favorite hikes and add a few to your bucket list. You can literally chase waterfalls or even hike/climb into nearby ice caves

a couple are on a hike while birdwatching

4. Wildlife Viewing

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake is a wilderness destination for a reason. Escaping to the countryside, you can slow down, relax, and get in tune with nature…and often, that means getting a glimpse of some of our local wildlife!

Birders will find a bevy of targets to watch for. With a balance between woodlands and wetlands, Maine is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise. Bring your Maine birding checklist and binoculars, and see how many of our flying friends you can spot!

Or, take a guided tour through the North Woods to see the great North American Moose in person with one of our Packages.

5. Picnics

Take a picnic lunch for two and enjoy one of life’s simplest pleasures: good food and good company. Whether you enjoy the grounds at the Lodge or take your picnic on a wilderness hiking adventure, it will surely give you that romantic, old-school feeling! 

Psst! Our picnic lunch for two is great for a day-long fishing expedition in the Maine wilderness.

6. Boating

A can’t-miss summer experience is a boat cruise on the 1914 Steamboat, The Katahdin. Cruise by popular destinations like Sugar Island, Moose Island, or Beaver Cove, or opt to take a full-day cruise to see all the smaller hidden gems along the way. There are plenty of booking options, and we can’t recommend it enough.

Other options include taking a guided pontoon boat tour with one of our Packages or renting kayaks or paddle boards from a local vendor. Ask us for recommendations! 

7. “Sea” the Sights by Seaplane 

The Moosehead Lake region is vast and largely uninhabited, creating acres and acres of pristine wilderness that few people ever see. One way to see it all is by seaplane. While often taken for scenic purposes, a float plane can provide transportation for remote fishing expeditions, a day of paddling on the lake, and more. 

Our guest services coordinator can help you schedule your seaplane right here at the Lodge. Book with our partnered seaplane operators and explore your options.

Psst! Looking for the best of land, lake, AND air? Book “Land, Lake, and Air,” one of our Packages for a Katahdin boat cruise, a Call of the Wild excursion, a self-guided hike to Mount Kineo, and a private seaplane ride.

8. Visit a Local Farmers Market  

The Moosehead Village Family Farmers Market is open for the season. Local vendors sell the freshest fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, and other goods and services from small businesses. Swing by on Fridays from 3-6pm to mingle, shop, and play!

the milky way over a lake with trees

9. Stargazing

Stargazing in the summertime is one of our favorite things to do. With cool summer nights, little to no light pollution, and an endless expanse of sky, we take advantage of stargazing during these warmer months. Go outside, gaze up at the stars, and see which constellations you can see that night. We can’t wait to hear about it!

10. Stay in and Relax

Sometimes, all you need on a summer getaway is a night in. Here at the Lodge at Moosehead Lake, staying in can be an exceptional experience all on its own. Our luxurious rooms feature crisp linens, plush robes, soothing lake colors, breathtaking views, and other amenities like a beverage center with wine glasses and bottle openers. A night filled with serene calm, quality time, and a good night’s sleep never goes out of style. Find the perfect room for you.

In the morning, enjoy a fresh, gourmet breakfast at 368 Maine restaurant, cooked by our talented chefs. We can’t imagine anything better.

We hope you enjoyed this list of the 10 best summer activities near Greenville, ME. Check availability and book your stay today!

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