Among the many fine things to see and do here in western Maine, taking a day trip to Naples Maine this summer deserves your considerable attention. Located in the heart of Maine’s lakes region, Naples is a short 20-minute drive from our bed and breakfast on Tripp Lake and well worth the journey.
The causeway between Long Lake and Brandy Pond serves as the center of Naples’ recreational offerings. Stretching 11 miles north to Harrison, this fresh water lake is well-liked for boating, swimming, fishing, and all sorts of water sports. Popular in all seasons, Naples really comes into its own in the warmer months, when folks flock to the area for outdoor sports and adventure.
We recommend heading out right after breakfast, and plan to spend the day in or on the water. Afterward, savor lunch and/or dinner as you admire the lovely views from a waterfront restaurant.
On the Water in Naples
Songo River Queen II
A replica of a typical paddle-wheeler, the Songo River Queen II offers 1- and 2-hour cruises 4 days a week in season. A pleasant cruise along the eastern and western shorelines of the lake reveals some fascinating sights. For example, you’ll spy Drew Castle, author Stephen King’s former home, as well as simple summer camps and impressive waterfront estates along the way. There’s no need to make advance reservations for the cruises, as the vessel is large enough to accommodate groups of any size.
If you’d prefer to be the captain of your own ship, your destination of choice should be Dingley’s Wharf. Rent jet skis, pontoons boats, kayaks, canoes, and more at Dingley’s. They offer premium equipment and all-inclusive pricing. Sign up with a dedicated instructor to learn how to water ski or book some time with a guide who will take you tubing on the lake.
Naples Seaplane Adventures
Go up, up, and away on a Naples Seaplane Adventure. Fly over the historic town of Naples, with views of the White Mountains, Brandy Pond, Songo Locks, and Sebago Lake State Park. With a capacity of up to 5 passengers, the whole family can enjoy a breath-taking aerial experience that’s sure to make memories.
Back in the 1960s some clever Germans invented an amphibious passenger car to travel on both land and water. Amphicar Tours, launching this summer, offer a unique opportunity to take a ride in one of these one-of-a-kind vehicles. Currently offering daytime tours, the company plans to expand its offerings to include both sunset and nighttime tours as well.
Steamboat Landing Mini-Golf
Situated just ¼ mile from the Naples Causeway, Steamboat Landing Mini-Golf delivers a mini-tour around the state through its artfully arranged holes, complete with replicas of some of Maine’s most cherished landmarks. Spend an hour or two meandering the course in the shade of wooded gardens.
Sebago State Park
Spanning both Naples and Casco Maine, Sebago State Park presents year-round recreation for locals and visitors alike. Swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking and canoeing are just a few of the activities enjoyed by all. Set on the shores of Maine’s 2nd largest lake, you’ll find sandy beaches, miles of well-marked trails for hiking or biking. The deep, clear water of Sebago Lake is great for boating or just enjoying the views.
Renovated in 2011, the historic Naples Causeway offers one of the most stunning views in all of Maine. Stroll the sidewalk along the waterfront, once home to the historic Naples Casino, now the site of Rick’s Café. Retail shops and restaurants line the causeway, making it a pleasant way to while away a few hours when visiting.
Events on the Causeway
For a small town in Maine, Naples hosts 3 fantastic summer events, all centered around its famous causeway. So, mark your calendars for these fun-filled annual events.
- Music Festival: Father’s Day Weekend
- Water and Wheels Show: Father’s Day Weekend
- Mountain Views Woodies Classic Boat and Car Show: Second Saturday in August
Lunch or Dinner Options on the Causeway
After a day filled with adventure, most everyone will work up an appetite. While we haven’t had the pleasure of dining at all of these spots, they all are well-reviewed.
If you decide to grab a bite on your way to the Inn after leaving Naples, be sure to stop at Kindred Farms Market & Bakery. This is a nice place to stop for sandwiches, baked goods, and Whoopie Pie! It’s located at the intersection of Routes 11 and 121 in Casco, mid-way between Wolf Cove Inn and Naples.
Motor on back to the Wolf Cove Inn at the end of your day trip to Naples, Maine this summer. You can rest and relax with a glass of wine of a beer around the fire pit as you watch the sun set over beautiful Tripp Lake. After enjoying all that fresh air and open space, you’re sure to sleep soundly in your guest room or cabin at our authentic Maine inn.