The Best Time to Travel to Maine for Lobster

Maine lobster is always in season.
Maine lobster is always in season. (Image: lobster image by jedphoto from

If you are craving a fresh Maine lobster, go to the source. The best time of year to travel to Maine depends on what type of lobster you enjoy and what else you plan to do on your trip.

Soft-Shell Lobster

The best time of the year to travel to Maine for soft-shell lobster is summertime. Soft-shell lobsters molt in the summer, so they become more plentiful in June and more so as the summer progresses.

Hard-Shell Lobster

Hard-shell lobster is the more traditional type of lobster you picture when you think of a surf 'n' turf meal. Lobster is fished year-round in Maine, so hard-shell lobster is always available.

Visiting Maine Year-Round

Although you can find a good lobster dinner any time of year, travel is most popular during late spring or early summer. Summer is a great time to visit if you enjoy fishing, boating and enjoying the coast and festivals. The Rockland Lobster Festival and the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival are held in August.

If you are interested in nature and breathtaking scenery, the fall foliage and colors in Maine can't be beat. Tourism declines after Labor Day, making fall a good time to visit Acadia National Park, go hiking or take a scenic drive. Because Maine is far north, it is known for having harsh winters. If you enjoy skiing and can handle cold temperatures, winter is a good time for you to see all that Maine has to offer.

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