1. There are over 4,000 islands off of the coast of Maine
That's right! And each one is as diverse as the next. Next time you're in Portland, take the Casco Bay ferry to one of the many islands just off of the coast!
2. Maine's annual lobster yield is nearly 100 million pounds!
Maine lobster yield annually is 100 million pounds, nearly 90 percent of the nation's lobster supply.
3. Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline
It's true! Maine's coastline extends longer than the entire state of California's (3,427 miles). If you include Maine's islands, the coastline is
4. Maine has over 32,000 miles of rivers and streams
Pretty crazy right? Not only does Maine have a diverse system of rivers and streams, but it is home to more than 6,000 lakes!
5. Freeport, Maine is the home to L.L. Bean
L.L Bean was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, and was the first clothing retailer to be open 24/7/365.
6. Maine is the first state in the United States to see daylight
Eastport, Maine is the eastern most U.S. city, and the first in the country to see the sun.
7. Maine produces 90% of the country's toothpick supply.
No kiddin'! The town of Strong, population 1,156, in Franklin County was once the “toothpick capital of the world".
8. Maine contains 542,629+ acres of State and National Parks
Maine is serious about conservation. Which is why there is no shortage of both state and national parks within Maine's border.
9. Geographically Maine is bigger than the other five New England States combined
To put things into perspective, Maine is 35,385 square miles. That's wicked big!
10. Maine is home to some of the best boat builders in the world
Including Hinckley, Sabre, Back Cove, Duffy, Old Town Canoe, Downeast, and L.L Bean just to know a few!
11. Acadia National Park is the second most visited National Park in the United States
With beautiful sea views, hiking trails, and of course plenty of fresh seafood, Acadia National Park really is a bucket list destination!
12. Maine's Portland Head Light,
is the most photographed light house in the world
Commissioned by President George Washington, Portland Head Light has been guiding boats into Casco Bay since 1991.
13. The nation’s first sawmill was established near York in 1623
The sawmill was actually introduced before the town settled a year later. It was mainly built to export lumber to England since the colonies had an abundance of forest.
14. Maine is the only state in the country whose name is only one syllable
What else is there to say? Maine.
15. The first lobster was caught over 400 years ago
The first Maine lobster catch was recorded by James Rosier in 1605.
16. Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States
The state exports more than 90% of the nations blueberries!
17. Donut holes were invented in Maine
Capt. Hansen Gregory, from Rockport came up with the solution of punching a hole in the center while working as a 16-year-old crewman on a lime-trading schooner in 1847.
18. York was the first chartered city in America
York, Maine became the first chartered city in America in 1641.
19. The University of Maine has a lobster institute
Seriously. Founded in 1987, the University of Maine has a lobster institute which is dedicated to learning more about the crustacean.
20. Portland used to have a different name
Native Americans originally called the Portland peninsula 'Machigonne' which translates to 'Great Neck'.