Maine in August

The warm, sunny skies of Maine are the perfect backdrop for your summer vacation. You may be wondering whether August is a good time to visit Maine if you are planning your next trip. Heading to Maine in the warmer months is a great plan if you want to enjoy a lobster bake on the beach.

August is an excellent time to visit Maine, however, it is more crowded at this time of year. Maine’s tourism is booming between June and August due to the idyllic weather conditions. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beach and explore your surroundings.

This is one of our favorite times because the atmosphere and weather are second to none. If you don’t mind the hustle and bustle of the summer season then you’ll love it too!

Why You Should Visit Maine in August

August is the warmest and driest month to visit Maine. Visitors can indulge in stargazing and cozy campfires without the threat of torrential downpours. It is also the perfect time of the year to take a day cruise to spot some of the local wildlife.

August is one of the best months to visit Maine because the water is warm and the weather is less humid than in June or July. There are plenty of activities for food lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and shopaholics to enjoy during this busy month.

Acadia National Park and popular beaches can attract large crowds, so you may wish to visit in September if you prefer quiet.

Tour Tips for August and Hotel Deals

Check out at least one of the three activities (see above), that are available in August. We have done them all and loved the sailing excursions. Unforgettable!

💡 Book your August accommodation as soon as possible to save money! Save the link and search for your preferred towns: Maine Hotel Deals (via


You can still expect the odd rainy day during this month but the weather is the best you will experience all summer.

During August, the average high temperatures along coastal Maine range from 70°F to 79°F (21°C-26°C). It is typically a dry month with a only handful of rainy days. There are normally 8 hours of sunshine each day in popular locations such as Portland, Bar Harbor, and Bangor.

Early vs. Late August l Coastal Town Temperatures


  • Early August: 79°F (26°C)
  • Mid-August: 78°F (26°C)
  • Late August: 75°F (24°C)


  • Early August: 78°F (25°C)
  • Mid-August: 77°F (25°C)
  • Late August: 74°F (23°C)

Bar Harbor (Acadia National Park):

  • Early August: 73°F (23°C)
  • Mid-August: 73°F (23°C)
  • Late August: 70°F (21°C)
Day to Night Temperatures

Typical August Daily Temperature Progression in Rockland (Maine):

  • Early Morning (7:30 AM): 59°F (15°C)
  • Afternoon (3 PM): 70°F (21°C)
  • Night (10 PM): 60°F (15.6°C)

August is often the best weather you’ll experience all summer in Maine. Air temperature can vary and the water can still feel a little chilly if you aren’t used to outdoor swimming.

Afternoons can feel very hot, so make sure you drink plenty of water and wear sun protection.

Average Rainfall in Maine

August is a dry month in Maine with a handful of rainy days which makes it the ideal month to visit Maine. It is wise to bring an umbrella on your vacation, but it will more than likely remain in your suitcase.

The weather in Maine can be unpredictable, so it is a good idea to pack waterproof and windproof clothing just in case. Inland locations are warmer than areas on the coast. A light jacket or sweater tied around your waist will keep you prepared for the ever-changing Maine weather.

💡 More clothing tips later!

Swimming in August | Water Temperature

There are plenty of amazing swimming spots to take advantage of in August. Lake swimming is often warmer than the ocean, so you may enjoy hiking to one of Maine’s beautiful wild swimming spots.

One of our favorite places to swim is along Ogunquit Beach which is known for stunning views and beautiful white sand. The water temperature is between 62°F and 68°F (16°C-20°C), which is still cold, of course. D

The water is at its warmest in late August. Besides Ogunquit, our second favorite beach is Short Sands in York right near Nubble Light and Wells Beach (check out our coastal town tips below).

Alternatively, you can enjoy the water from the warmth of a lobster cruise or sailboat. By the way: A sailboat along coastal Maine is an unforgettable experience! More about that later in the ‘things to do’ section.

What To Wear & Pack

In Maine, in August you wear t-shirts, shorts, jeans, and summer tops. The weather is mostly hot and dry, but the mornings and evenings can be cool. Packing a fleece or light sweater is a good idea if you want to enjoy your morning coffee on the porch.

You may notice that locals wear jackets and pants in August but you can still wear shorts and a t-shirt. The temperature can fluctuate so often that we advise visitors to bring a mixture of warm and cold weather clothing. During our trip to Bar Harbor last year, we encountered both rainy and sunny days.

Here are some packing suggestions for your trip to Maine in August:

  • Pants (bring a mix of shorts and long pants)
  • Sandals
  • Hiking boots or trainers
  • Formal/closed shoe option
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Wetsuit or bathing suit
  • Towels
  • Jeans
  • Summer tops
  • Cardigan or sweatshirt
  • Day bag or tote for sightseeing
  • Rain jacket or windbreaker
  • Pajamas (long and short)
  • Camera
  • Chargers for laptops, phones, and tablets
  • Sun hat
Sun Protection

The weather can change hour by hour in Maine. However, the temperatures can climb into the 70s and 80s. You’ll need to bring sun protection, sunglasses, and a hat if you want to go sailing or spend time on the beach.

How Busy Is Maine in August?

August is one of the busiest months to visit Maine. Visitors flock to the beaches and lakes to enjoy the high temperatures and delicious local seafood on offer. Some families will visit through August to celebrate Labor Day early.

Large amounts of tourists mean that heavy traffic and long queues are common in August. However, there are lots of places that are still quiet during the summer months. It is a good idea to plan your accommodation and dining options before you travel to avoid disappointment.

How To Avoid Crowds in August

Take secondary roads and avoid the popular tourist destinations if you want to avoid crowds in August. Rockland and St. George are great options if you are searching for a quieter destination to enjoy the warm weather.

The White Mountain National Park is a great option for outdoor recreation opportunities and wildlife spotting without the crowds.

Otherwise, getting up early is always the best way during this month to avoid crowds at popular spots. Additionally, this ensures securing a parking spot with ease.

Which Businesses Are Open in August?

August is peak tourist season so the majority of businesses are open. Outdoor festivals with local food and live music are popular events to attend. Maine Lobster Festival is one of our favorite events to visit in Rockland with maritime displays, contests, and plenty of entertainment.

August Food Festivals

You’ll be spoiled for choice in August if you love food and drink festivals. Maine Lobster Festivals occur in the first week of August with the Wild Blueberry Festival and Balloon Festival following. The Great Falls Balloon Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Northern New England featuring exciting balloon launches, blues singers, and trade stalls.

Shopping Centers and Boutiques

There are plenty of shopping destinations in Maine to suit all tastes including fishing gear, summer clothing, and antiques. We love traveling to Portland to enjoy fresh seafood and admire the handmade rugs and furniture on offer. Portland is a fantastic shopping destination if you’re looking for unique or vintage gifts.

Lobster Shacks and Restaurants

Some lobster shacks are open seasonally, and others serve customers all year. Peak lobster season is between June and December, so you’ll have tons of choices if you travel to Maine in August.

Please find below our lobster shack tips and their opening times (subject to change):

  • Lobster Shack at Two Lights: Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
    Hours: Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 8 pm
    Season: from April 1st to late October
  • The Lobster Shack: Ogunquit, Perkins Cove, Maine
    Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10 am to 8 pm
    Season: from early April to late October.
  • The Clam Shack: Kennebunkport, Maine.
    Hours: Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 8 pm
    Season: from May 1st to October 31st.
  • Parson’s Lobster: Bar Harbor, Maine.
    Hours: Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 8 pm
    Season: from May 1st to October 31st.

Tip: From the famous Maine lobster rolls to classic boiled lobster, there is no better way to experience this delicious seafood than directly from a lobster shack.

Sailing Excursions

Almost every sailing excursions are operational in August, so you can embark on a breathtaking sailing excursion along the rugged coastline of Maine.

It’s such a great experience to be where the Atlantic Ocean’s waves meet a symphony of towering lighthouses and lush, untouched islands. With each gust of wind, you’ll be immersed in the rich maritime history and diverse wildlife of this picturesque region, all while savoring the taste of the salty sea air.

Don’t miss this oppurtinity! We highly recommend the Portland Schooner Tall Ship Cruise on Casco Bay (check availability) Their crew is awesome! You will have the time of your life!


Things To Do in August

Whale watching is amazing in Maine during August!

If you are looking to explore Acadia National Park and other regions along Maine’s coast via hiking, August is an ideal time.

Take advantage of the miles of hiking paths in Boothbay Harbor and other coastal areas. Hiking in this beautiful area is exciting. The natural beauty of here continuously reveals new discoveries.

Park Loop Road, Acadia

An absolute must when visiting Acadia National Park is the Park Loop Road, which is open in August. This 27-mile (43-km) drive takes you to the park’s best attractions and outlooks. Marvel at the crashing waves of Thunder Hole, take a stroll around stunning Jordan Pond, and enjoy the scenery.

Portland Head Light, Portland

Located just outside the city is one of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses. Accessible in August (it’s usually open year-round), a visit to the Portland Head Light is a rite of passage for any Maine vacation.

Tip: It’s a very popular spot and quite busy during August. We prefer getting there early during a weekday. However, the parking lots are large and we always found a space so far, even when arriving later in the day.

Brewery Hopping, Portland

Besides lobster and ocean views, Portland in Maine is also well-known for its incredible craft beer scene. With 16 breweries to choose from, you’ll have no shortage of beers to try.

Some of the most well-known breweries include the Shipyard Brewing Company and Allagash Brewing, both located in the city proper.

Whale Watching

The whale watching season in Maine runs from mid-spring to late October. August is a wonderful month to see these remarkable mammals. You may spot Northern Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Northern Fin Whales.

Black Flies and Mosquitoes

In August, most black flies are typically gone. The temperature and rainfalls in the weeks of spring decide how long they are present. However, black flies are typically not an issue along the coast anyway.

But still, if you hike inland packing insect repellant is a good idea to keep pesky black flies and mosquitoes at bay. You should also include some ointment to treat the bites you’ll inevitably receive from our beloved “state birds.”

Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if you plan on going hiking during your trip. If you tuck your socks into your pants, you won’t see any heads turning.

10 Best Coastal Towns to Visit in August

In August, coastal Maine is bustling with activity and everything is open. This provides you with an extensive selection of restaurants, shops, and tours to explore in the coastal towns. You may be asking yourself: Which coastal town is the perfect fit for you?

We got you covered and offer unique insider tips for the 10 best coastal towns:

1. York


York is the southernmost coastal town in Maine we suggest visiting. That means, coming from Boston, you don’t have to travel that far if you’d like to see a typical seaside town. It’s an hour’s drive: Google Maps Route: Boston > York. Travelers describe York as a fun-filled, family-oriented summer resort town. While definitely not as big as Portland, York is one of the slightly larger towns along Maine’s coast.

Long Sands Beach & Nubble Lighthouse: While not as impressive as the golden sand beaches in Ogunquit (see below), the gray sand beaches in York are still great. A walk on Long Sands Beach leads you to a view of the remarkable Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick. Not as iconic as the Portland Head Light (see below) but still one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine.

Short Sands Beach is located downtown, with restaurants and shops right there. Plus, it’s perfect for a fun time with kids: York Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park are at Short Sands Beach, as well as a bowling alley overlooking the ocean. Locals say York has a sort of carnival atmosphere with arcades at the beach and the amusement park area.

Special Food Tip: Visit Dunn’s Ice Cream Stand at Nubble Lighthouse at least once! We had one of the tastiest homemade ice creams we ever tried. Our recommendation: The blueberry ice cream.

Lobster Shack Tip: Drive the 10 minutes to Kittery and eat a lobster roll at one of the best shacks. Bob’s Clam Hut is open in August: Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery – Route from York

Top Tip: Don’t forget to visit the popular outlets in Kittery. They are also open throughout the year, and some offer nice discounts in the wintertime.

2. Ogunquit


The best time to visit Ogunquit for great weather and almost endless activities is from late spring to fall, but it’s also a charming year-round destination. The main attraction of this coastal town is the gorgeous beach with fluffy white sand. It is known as the most beautiful beach in New England and is worth visiting any time of the year.

Every restaurant, hotel, and shop is open in Aguust!

Marginal Way Tips: This famous paved path is a must-do. It offers gorgeous scenic ocean and cliff views. There are dozens of benches if you’d like to rest. Get there early (around 9 AM) during August to avoid the crowds and to find a parking spot. We prefer Perkins Cove (Google Maps). The parking lots at Marginal Way fill up quickly between spring and fall. However, even in the summer, you can enjoy almost solitude by starting the walk around even earlier at 8 AM. Alternatively, get there in the late afternoon, when many visitors already left.

August Visiting Tip: Ogunquit Beach gets quite busy in August. Tip: Stay there one night, so you can get up early enough to avoid the crowds and parking hassle. Also, check the tide times for low tide, as it’s much more relaxed during low tide. At high tide, the beach can feel extremely crowded.

Stay One Night: We highly recommend staying at least one night in Ogunquit (in a gorgeous beachfront hotel or a resort) to dodge the crowds and explore the stunning beach and coastal area in solitude in the morning. Otherwise, it’s easy to day-trip Ogunquit from Portland (45 minutes drive).

3. Wells


Wells is located midway between Ogunquit (see above) and Kennebunkport (see below) and is only a very short 10-12 minutes drive from both towns. It’s smaller, without a nice downtown area, fewer shops, fewer restaurants, and fewer hotels. While the beaches are beautiful in Wells, locals say that Ogunquit is definitely better as far as impressive beaches go.

Wells in a Nutshell:

  • Nearby Ogunquit and Kennebunkport but smaller
  • Smaller and less touristy than Kennebunkport and Ogunquit
  • Fewer restaurants, shops, and hotels but cheaper rates
  • Great beaches but not as gorgeous as in Ogunquit

Best Lobster Rolls: We recommend driving a few minutes to Kennebunkport and eating at the excellent ‘Clam Shack’ (see below).

Pizza Tip: In case you already had enough lobster rolls, try the best pizza in Wells at Seacoast Pizza and Pasta

Tip: The best place to stay in the town is the Village by the Sea (via with price match). Their beautiful indoor pool and hot tub are perfect for relaxation after a walk at the beach.

4. Kennebunkport


Just a 20 minutes drive from Ogunquit and a half an hour drive from Portland, you’ll find this historic town with the typical New England charm.

Activity Tips: The 15 best things to do in Kennebunkport via TripAdvisor

Kennebunkport vs. Ogunquit: Kennebunkport is located very close to Ogunquit (north of it) and offers similar beautiful beaches, also a great downtown area, shops, seafood restaurants, and the famous ‘Clam Shack,’ known as the best lobster shack on our planet, for quite a while. Locals say that Kennebunkport is classier while Ogunquit still has the ‘younger vibe.’

5. Portland

Portland is Maine’s cultural center and a vibrant city throughout the year. There is something to do in Portland every season. Visit captivating museums, explore attractions downtown, the brewery scene, and eat lobster in the best restaurants in the month of August.


Great Base: Portland is the best base if you want to enjoy food, shopping tours, and see the magnificent coastal scenery. It doesn’t offer as many outdoor and hiking options as other places along the coast.

Day Trips: Portland is also the perfect location for day trips to gorgeous coastal towns like Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, or Camden, as they are just nearby via a short drive (35-45 minutes).

Islands via Ferry: The ferry is an iconic and inexpensive way to visit the nearby Casco Islands, or just to view the stunning coastal scenery is a must-do activity. Check Casco Bay Lines for the schedule. They are operating in August.

Food Tip & Lighthouse: The restaurant with the tastiest lobster roll is Eventide! And don’t forget to see the historic and iconic lighthouse Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, which is probably the most photographed lighthouse in the whole world!

6. Boothbay Harbor


Summer is one of the best times to visit Boothbay Harbor. However, it’s a year-round town, and there are still restaurants and hotels open in the previous months.

Boothbay Harbor is one of the tinier and less touristy coastal towns:

  • A beautiful harbor
  • No beach
  • Fewer crowds in peak season
  • Not as busy as Camden, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, etc.
  • It has a downtown area but not as big as other coastal towns with those dozens of shops and galleries.

Must-Do Things:

Best Lobster: Visit Kaler’s Lobster directly in Boothbay Harbor (open in August, but closed in winter until mid-May)! However, we also recommend that you either walk half an hour or drive the 6 minutes over to Robinson’s Wharf in Southport (open year-round, no winter closures). They offer excellent lobster and a great outdoor opportunity to watch the boats while eating.

7. Rockland


Rockland is located alongside Penobscot Bay. The best period to visit is from spring to fall, with August being a great time.

Like other mid-coast towns, Rockland is not known for its beaches, as the shoreline along this section of Maine’s coast is very rocky. That means you won’t find those beautiful long beaches here like in towns of Southern Maine. However, the views are just stunning!

Foodie Haven: Rockland is recognized as the one mid-coast town with the most restaurants, including the famous Primo: ‘A farm, with a restaurant at the edge of it’.

Things to Do: Visit the art museum, photograph the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, take a schooner (‘Windjammer’) sailing trip, and more: TripAdvisor – Best Things to Do in Rockland – Maine

Local Tip: Do something uniquely different: Visit the island of Vinalhaven with the Maine State Ferry Service in Rockland.

8. Rockport


Rockport is situated right between Rockland and Camden (10 or 5 minutes drive to each town) and home to the historic coastal Samoset Resort. Rockport is smaller and less touristy. There are also fewer activities being offered.

Best Time: August is a great time to visit the smaller town of Rockport as everything is open and in full swing.

Activity Tip: Since Rockport belongs to the Rockland/Rockport/Camden area, you’ll find at least one excellent sailing tour operator here: Schooner Yach Heron (an unforgettable sailing experience!)

9. Camden


Camden is a larger coastal town in Maine and can be visited year-round. However, August is an excellent time: You will ll find plenty of opportunities for eating and lodging.

Views and Shops: You’ll find truly captivating scenic views of the bay in Camden Hills State Park’s overlooks and in Camden itself along the coastline at any time of the year. If you’re looking for uniquely crafted items, visit the gift shops on the main street downtown. A must-visit is Camden Harbor Park, with a gorgeous landscape design and a beautiful panoramic view of the harbor.

Special Tip: Visit Camden Library and take a stroll around it. It’s a beautiful building with an impressive view of the harbor.

Restaurants: Waterfront vs. Petter Otts? The Waterfront Restaurant is the perfect place for eating delicious burgers and, of course, lobster rolls. Tip: Wait for a table outside and enjoy the fantastic view while eating.

However, for lobster and other seafood, we recommend ‘Peter Otts on the water.’ It’s the perfect seaside restaurant, and the lobster is fantastic (first, eat a burger at Waterfront and then lobster at Peter Otts). Both restaurants offer lovely views. Visit Megunticook River Falls as well.

Sailing Tour Tip: Take a schooner sailing tour. They are available in August and are a must-do activity in Camden. Experience the magnificent coastline in such a unique way. View the islands, wildlife, and views of Camden Hills, and other coastal mountains from a historic schooner. Penobscot Bay / Camden: Historic Schooner Day Sailing Trip starts at Peter Ott’s restaurant (see above).

10. Bar Harbor


Bar Harbor is the gateway for all your explorations in Acadia National Park. Additionally, you can do so many things right in Bar Harbor: Eat fresh and tasty seafood, discover all sorts of shops and even art galleries, and explore the village environment.

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