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NOT FALL YET! 20 active things you can still do in Maine this summer

NOT FALL YET! 20 active things you can still do in Maine this summer

The Halloween decorations are out at Christmas Tree Shops, I saw three references to pumpkin-flavored somethings on Facebook (and an Ugly Sweater Party – what the whaa?), and I slept with socks on last night. All signs point to the impending fall. And that’s cool. I dig fall. It’s the season of cool jackets, autumn smells, crunchy leaves, and soup. But it’s NOT FALL YET. Not yet.

We still have three weeks to milk this season for all it’s worth. So let’s milk it.
If you haven’t gotten on a paddleboard, tried goat yoga, run a 5k, watched the sunset from canoe, or taken a surf lesson, there’s still time! (But, like, not a lot of it, so get on it.)

Here are 20 active things you can still do this summer:

Swan Island
Swan Island, just off Richmond, is a cool little getaway with hiking trails, swimming, camping, and canoe and kayak rental. Shannon Bryan photos

1. Go on a hike and hit a swimming hole

You can hike all year, but swimming season is short in Maine! And while it may feel like swimming season is over, there are still warm-weather days to revel in this Sept. (Probably. It is Maine after all. You just never know.) To help you find the perfect place to hike and swim, check this roundup: 20+ trail hikes that include a refreshing swimming hole dip

Morning workout with Portland Sweat Project. Shannon Bryan photo

2. Work out outside!

Sure, Old Port Pub Run, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, Biddeford Saco Boot Camp, Maine Boot Camp, Thick Quad Squad, and Portland Sweat Project go year-round (outdoors, in the snow!), but late-summer is the best outdoor workout weather. There’s plenty of yoga, running, and boot camps to enjoy while it’s still warm enough to sweat your brains out in shorts.
FMI: fitmaine.com

Staff and volunteers bring the canoes to the water and help everyone get in. Shannon Bryan photo

3. Sunset canoe tour on Scarborough Marsh

Sept. 3 and 4
Maine Audubon Center, Scarborough Marsh
There are two more “almost full moon canoe tours” left in the season. You’ll enjoy a sunset and moonrise (clouds depending, of course) during these guided tour of the marsh.
FMI: maineaudubon.org
Fit Maine did it. Read more about it: Sunset and full moon canoe tours on the Scarborough Marsh with Maine Audubon

hiking yoga with yoga on york
Hike Mount Agamenticus and do yoga at the summit with Yoga on York. Shannon Bryan photos

4. Hiking Yoga with Yoga on York

Sept. 2 and 17
Do mountain pose ON A MOUNTAIN. Or tree pose among trees. And have the yoga instructor guide you to reach for the sky or point your toes toward the ocean. Yoga on York has two more chances to join them on a Saturday-morning hiking yoga class. It’s about 15 minutes to hike up Mount Agamenticus, followed by yoga at the summit. $20 drop-in. 7 a.m. Sept 2 and 17.
FMI: yogaonyork.com
Fit Maine tried it. Read more about it: Hiking yoga on Mount Agamenticus with Yoga on York

Runners lunge on the water. Shannon Bryan photo

5. Paddleboard Yoga with KOAN Wellness

Sept. 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9
York Town Dock, York
Catch one of the last SUP yoga classes of the season. Classes are 8 a.m. Sept. 1, 9:45 a.m. Sept. 2, 9 a.m. Sept. 3, noon Sept. 8, and 1 p.m. Sept. 9. $40 includes all equipment (get $15 off if you bring your own board/paddle/PFD). Even if you’re new to paddleboarding and yoga, you can do this class.
FMI: www.koanwellness.com
Fit Maine did it. Read more about it: Yoga on the water: Paddleboard Yoga with Koan Wellness in York
Also: Check out the Chocorua Hike/SUP Adventure on Sept. 30 in New Hampshire: www.facebook.com

Kelly Rich Yoga promo graphic

6. Full Moon Yoga at Bug Light Park

Sept. 5
Bug Light Park, South Portland
Kelly Rich Yoga has led donation-based yoga at Bug Light Park all summer, and there’s still outdoor yoga to be hand. Check out the Full Moon Yoga even on Sept. 5 from 6-7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10-$15.
FMI: www.facebook.com
Bug Light Yoga events continue into October: www.facebook.com

7. SUP lesson with Portland Paddle

Sept. 2 and 9
If this was the summer you were going to try paddleboarding, you can still take a lesson with Portland Paddle. Lessons are Saturdays (Sept. 2 and 9) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-12:30 a.m. Cost is $40 per person.
FMI: portlandpaddle.net/sup-lessons
Also: You can also go on a kayak tour to Fort Gorges or a sunset tour in Casco Bay. Tours continue into October: https://portlandpaddle.net/tours/
Also: Portland Paddle also has SUP Yoga classes Sept. 5, 7, 14, and 28: portlandpaddle.net/sup-yoga

8. Goat yoga at Smiling Hill Farm

Sept 1, 2, 8 and 9
Smiling Hill Farm, Westbrook
Goats have been all the rage this summer, and Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook has a few more goat yoga classes, if you’ve been wanting to go and just haven’t made it yet. No yoga experience necessary, and if you spend the entire time petting a goat, that’s okay, too! Cost is $20. Class is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
FMI: www.facebook.com

Maine Surfers Union Lady Slide
The whole class, with instructors Tess, Kate, and Sami in front. Shannon Bryan photo

9. Surf Lesson with Maine Surfers Union

Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, and Oct 4
Higgins Beach, Scarborough
Learn surf etiquette and the surfing basics during a Lady Slide surf lesson on Wednesdays at Higgins Beach. Your surf confidence will soar. Sessions on Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Oct 4. Cost is $45 and includes lesson, wetsuit, and surfboard.
FMI: www.eventbrite.com
Fit Maine tried it. Read more about it: Women’s surfing lessons Wednesdays at Higgins Beach with Maine Surfers Union
ALSO: Check out Surf To Savasana with The Rooted Collective at Higgins Beach on Sept. 10:
rootedbarreyoga.com/events

Instructor Brain Danz takes to the trails on the Eastern Prom during a Foundations of Mountain Biking clinic. Shannon Bryan photo

10. Learn the foundations of mountain biking

Sept. 6 and 13
Eastern Prom and Stroudwater Trail, Portland
Get some mountain biking skills with these free foundations of mountain biking clinics. There’s a novice to ‘beginermediate’ clinic on the Eastern Prom on Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and a beginner to advanced clinic at Stroudwater Trail on Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m. BYO bike and helmet, instruction is free.
FMI: www.bikemaine.org/mtbskills
Fit Maine tried it. Read more about it: Learn to mountain bike (or improve your skills) with free classes & rides in Portland

Tate House Trail Run graphic

11. Tate House 5K Trail Run

Sept. 9
Spurwink Farm, Cape Elizabeth
Enjoy ocean views, burial sites, and apple orchards during this first-ever Tate House Trail Run at Spurwink Farm in Cape Elizabeth. Run starts a 8 a.m. and costs $30, walk is at 8:15 a.m. and costs $20. Proceeds benefit Tate House Museum in Portland.
FMI: www.facebook.com

Feel the Burn 5K poster

12. Feel the Burn 5K

Sept. 9
Saco Valley Fire Association, North Fryeburg
Fire Trucks and flashing lights, a local brewery and food truck. Oh, and some running. Proceeds support the fire department and you can run or walk this 5K. Race starts at 10 a.m. and cost is $40.
FMI: www.facebook.com

Maine Lighthouse Ride photo

13. Maine Lighthouse Ride

Sept. 9
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
Choose from 25, 40, 62 or 100 miles of bike riding from one Maine lighthouse to another. All rides start and end at SMCC in South Portland and are self-guided (which means you can go at your own pace and loiter at lighthouses, as you should)! Waves depart between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., depending on distance. Entry is $25 for youth, $105 adults, $85 ETA members. Proceeds benefit the Eastern Trail Alliance.
FMI: www.facebook.com

River Jam paddle races in 2016. Shannon Bryan photo

14. River Jam Festival and Dash to the Sea

Sept 15 and 16
Biddeford and Saco
Music Friday night, and Saturday boats the RIver Jam 5K, kayak race, canoe and boat rides on the Saco River, plus maker’s market, entertainment and family fun in Mechanics Park. More music on Saco Island Saturday evening.
FMI: https://www.facebook.com/riverjamfestival
For more about the River Jam Dash To The Sea paddling race:
www.biddefordrec.com

Seacoast Paddleboard Club graphic

15. Nubble Light Community Paddle

Sept. 15
Nubble Light, York
Join the Seacoast Paddleboard Club for a community paddle around Nubble Light. Meet up between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Short Sands parking lot. BYO paddleboard – some also available to rent by calling 603-498-8198.
FMI: www.facebook.com

Amazing Chase photo

16. The Amazing Chase

Sept. 16
Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Windham
It’s a scavenger hunt! It’s an adventure race! It’s a chance to take lots of selfies in front of area landmarks! This team tech adventure race has teams compete to find clues, solve trivia, perform tasks, and complete changes. Teams will use supplied iPads and take photos and videos along the way. Cost is $395 per 4-person team.
FMI: amazingchasesebago.com

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17. Funky Bow Trail Hop

Sept. 16
Funky Bow Brewery, Lyman
A 5K through the woods behind Funky Bow Brewery. First 150 who sign up will get a Funky Bow Trail Hop glass filled with beer. $35 entry. Race starts at 9 a.m.
FMI: runsignup.com

Loon Echo Land Trust photo

18. Loon Echo Trek

Sept. 16
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton
Hike, bike, post-trek parting with Allagash beer and a taco and baked potato bar! There are 25, 50, 80 and 100-mile courses for bikers over quiet, scenic roads. The 100-mile course is considered the hardest Century Ride in Maine, should you be looking for a real end-of-summer challenge. For hikers, there are 4.5 and 6-mile routes on scenic trails over Pleasant Mountain. Cost ranges from $30-$85 and treks depart between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
FMI: www.loonecholandtrust.org

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19. Trail to Ale 10K

Sept. 17
Eastern Prom, Portland
Portland Trails knew running for beer and pizza was awesome decades ago. This annual event is popular for good reason: pizza from Portland Pie and beer from Shipyard. But it’s also a scenic 10K along the Eastern Prom and Back Cove. Cost is $35. Race is at 9 a.m.
FMI: www.facebook.com

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20. Salsa in the Park Season Finale

Sept. 22
Congress Square Park, Portland
It’s the last Salsa in the Park event for the season. Free Salsa lesson from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by outdoor dancing and live music from Primo Cubano.
FMI: www.facebook.com


And, of course, you can always find active events in Maine by checking the Fit Maine calendar!


Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don’t like “exercise” any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.

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