5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Apple Season in Maine
In Maine, the apple picking season begins in August and runs through late October. For many Mainers, the opening of the apple orchards is a sure sign that Summer is coming to a close. But that’s okay - we’ve compiled a list of apple season activities to keep you distracted from the inevitable onslaught of winter.
1 | Pick-Your-Own Apples
The number one activity during apple season is (of course!) apple picking. Maine has apple orchards speckled throughout the state, so no matter where you are, there is a pick-your-own option relatively close-by. Check out this map of apple orchards in Maine to find one near you.
2 | Eat Fresh Apple Cider Doughnuts
It’s possible that there is nothing better than a warm apple cider doughnut on a brisk fall day. We hear that the doughnut shack at McDougal Orchards is the place to get fresh cider doughnuts - but if this location isn’t convenient for you, don’t worry - lots of other orchards have farm stands/stores where you can purchase these sweet treats as well. You could even try to make your own with this recipe from Downeast Magazine.
3 | Solve a Corn Maze
Corn mazes are great fun for the whole family and there are several to choose from throughout the state. Most folks are able to finish the maze unscathed, but in case you’re worried about your fate, check out these corn maze survival tips beforehand.
4 | Visit an Agricultural Fair
Maine has 25 licensed agricultural fairs with a handful operating during the apple season. Agricultural fairs are more than just rides, games and food - they are a great source for fun and education. Check out this list of agricultural fairs in Maine to find one that works for your schedule or trip.
5 | Schedule a Family Photo Shoot
That’s right! Apple orchards make a great seasonal backdrop for family photos. You can snap your own shots, or hire a photographer who is willing to travel to your desired location. Treworgy’s Orchard in Levant even has a photographer on hand for mini-sessions, but they do recommend making reservations.
Do you have a favorite activity for the apple picking season in Maine? Share it in the comments below!