Caving and wildlife viewing, particularly birdwatching in the spring and fall, are the most popular activities at Lava Beds. Walks, evening slide programs, and cave tours are offered daily during the summer. Tours of special resource areas are available in winter months by reservation only.
Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.