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Attractions and Recreation in Maine

 

Air Rides

Acadia Air Tours | Scenic Airplane, Biplane and Glider Rides over Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Fly in an historic biplane over Acadia National Park, lighthouses and Bar Harbor, or choose the quiet soaring excursion of a glider ride from a mile high over spectacular Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor Airport.

 

Amusement Parks

Palace Playland l Maine's premier beachfront amusement park. Giant arcade, beautiful carousel, Kiddieland. Gondola Ferris Wheel and Galaxy Coaster. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fireworks every Thursday night by the Pier, Old Orchard Beach. 934-2001.

 

Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A. l Family amusement and waterpark. Home of Excalibur, Maine's only wooden roller coaster ranked one of the top ten in the world. Voted one of the cleanest parks in America and offers many rides, slides, pools, giftshops, games, arcades and eating facilities. Open weekends May and Sept. Daily starting early June. Free parking. Unlimited ride pass, slide pass or combination pass, group rates. Route 1, Saco, 207-284-5139.

 

Miniature Golf Courses

Pirates Cove Adventure Golf l 36 holes of championship mini golf within walking distance of the beach. 70 First St., Old Orchard Beach, 207-934-5086

 

Cascade Golf Range l Rt 1 Saco, 207-282-3524

 

Schooners Mini-Golf l 58 Ocean Park Road, Saco, 207-284-6174.

 

Sunset Ridge Golf Course and Sports Park l Miniature golf, plus driving range, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard. 853 Cumberland Street, Westbrook. 207-854-9463

 

Ocean Recreation

Lobster Boat Tours, Whale Watches, Deep Sea Fishing, Kayaking and more

 

Kayak Excursions l Southern Maine Kayak Tours and Kayak Rentals. Full service Kayak Company based in Kennebunkport, Maine, and serving Southern Maine from York to Portland. Kayak rentals delivered to your choice launch location. And Guided Tours departing from your choice location. email: stefan@kayak-excursions.com

 

Maine Kayak l Sea kayaking along Maine's rocky scenic coast. Maine Kayak offers half-day, full-day, multi-day island camping overnight, inn-to-inn, and naturalist trips in Mid-Coast Maine. email: info@mainekayak.com

 

The Porpus | Kennebunkport Coastal Boat Tours. Porpus offers daily River and Coastal Tours, Goat Island Lighthouse Tours and daily BYOB Sunset Cruises departing 1 hour before sunset. Pack your own wine and cheese for this romantic sunset cruise.  Private charters are available for up to 6.  Comfortable 26-foot power cruiser offers leather seating and equipment designed for scenic cruising, replete with drink holders and table for wine and "hors d'oeuvres." Daily River and Coastal Tours at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3:30pm. Porpus sails from The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, 21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, behind David's Restaurants just off Dock Square. Reserve with Captain Kevin Kennedy at 207-831-3663

 

Steve Brettell l Fish for stripers in the ocean of Kennebunkport with a licensed Coast Guard Captain. 336 Guinea Road, Biddeford, 207-283-4129

 

Gone with the Wind | Kayaking and windsurfing rentals, lessons, and equipment, Biddeford, 283-8446.

 

Trina Lyn Fishing Charter l Private sport fishing charters within five minutes of Old Orchard Beach for up to four people. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco. 207-283-2352 and 207-284-2352

 

Captain John's Charters | Cruises, fishing charters, whale-watching excursions, and private charters in the areas surrounding beautiful Camp Ellis and Saco Bay. Camp Ellis, 5 Bay Ave, Saco. 508-735-6718

 

Rock N Reel Sport Fishing Charters l 21 Snow Road, Scarborough

 

Hardy Boat Cruises l Monhegan Island Ferry, Puffin Watch, Seal Watch and Lighthouse Cruise. 132 State Route 32, New Harbor, Maine. 800-278-3346

 

Canoe Trips l Scarborough Marsh Nature Center - Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 207-883-5100

 

Coastal Kayak Tours l Bar Harbor - The leading Kayak tour company in Bar Harbor. Providing half and full day tours, sunset kayak tours, even multi-day island camping trips by kayak. Registered Maine Guides provide instructions, narrative and wildlife education on your sightseeing kayak excursion. 48 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, 207-288-9605

 

Portland Harbor

 

Bay View Cruises l 184 Commercial St, Portland, 207-761-0496

 

Casco Bay Lines l Year-round narrated cruises on Casco Bay. Daily ferry service to five Casco Bay Islands. From Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin Streets, Portland, 207-774-7871

 

Coast Watch and Guiding Light Navigation l Daily cruises to Eagle Island, 170 Commercial St, Portland, 207-774-6498

 

Lucky Catch Lobstering Experience l lobstering first hand. 170 Commercial St, Portland, 207-233-2026

 

Old Port Mariner Fleet Scenic Cruises, Whale Watches, Deep Sea Fishing. Long Wharf, Commercial St. Portland, 207-775-0727

 

Maine Island Kayak Company l 1-7 day trips. Peaks Island, 207-776-2373

 

Kennebunkport Harbor

 

Rugosa Lobster Boat Tour l Classic New England lobster boat tour of Kennebunk River and Walker's Point, see seals, haul lobster traps, friendly Captain and crew. Departs daily from Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport. 207-967-5595

 

Pineapple Ketch Sailing Excursions l beautiful sailboat tour along Kennebunkport shore. Relax and enjoy the scenery or hoist sails and take the helm. Two-hour sails depart daily from Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. 207-468-7262

 

Kennebunkport Marina l Boat Slip Rentals. Boat Launch. Power Boat, Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Fishing Tackle, Bait and Supplies, Boat Repair and Service. 207-967-3411.

 

First Chance Whale Watch l Two trips daily in July and August (approx 4 hours each). Just South of the Kennebunkport Bridge (Rt 9) behind Mobil/Big Apple Station, Kennebunk Lower Village 04043. 207-967-5507, 1-800-767-2628.

 

Kylie's Chance Scenic Lobster Boat Cruise l 1 hour scenic lobster cruise, Harbor seals, Walkers Point, lobster catches. 207-967-5507.

 

Chicks Marina l Kennebunkport, Boat Launch and Boat Dock Slip Rentals. Nightly and Seasonal Boat Slip Rentals. 207-967-2782

 

Schooner Eleanor l Sailing Trips - Arundel Wharf, Ocean Ave Kennebunkport, 207-967-8809

 

Wild Life Refuge, State Parks, Nature Walks

Ferry Beach State Park l 117 acres of beach and nature trails. Lodging and Camping available at nearby Ferry Beach Assoc.

 

Scarborough Marsh Nature Center l Maine's largest salt marsh is best explored by canoe. Guided and self guided canoe tours. Abundant shorebird sightings. Nature center offers slide shows, exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough. 207-883-5100.

 

Gilsland Farm l Maine Audubon Sanctuary offering trails, field trips and a gift shop. North of Portland in Falmouth off Route 1. 207-781-2330.

 

Maine Wildlife Park l Moose, Bear, Deer, Cougars, Eagles and more. Nature Trail and Displays. Rt 26, 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, 207-657-4977

 

Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm l 1600 scenic acres of research reserve including a 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, exhibits, and seven miles of spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year round. 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 207-646-1555.

 

Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve l Open sunrise to sunset for bird watching and self-guided tours. Rt 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line. 207-646-1555.

 

Marginal Way l Scenic Walk - Ogunquit one-mile path along coast. Ends in Perkins Cove.

 

Maine Lighthouses

Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park l Two lighthouses are perched atop the rocky shoreline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth.

 

Portland Head Light l Maine's oldest lighthouse. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791. Adjacent to Fort Williams Park. Large grounds with picnic facilities and museum on the premises. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 207-799-2661.

 

Indoor and Outdoor Recreation

Horseback Riding, Bowling and more

 

Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center l 40 Km of groomed X-C trails and Snowshoeing. Rentals and lunch available, ice skating pond, and shop. Maple sugaring in March. 30 minutes from Old Orchard Beach just off Rt. 35. 252 Buzzell Rd Dayton, 207-499-2678

 

Happy Wheels Skate Center l Roller Skating Rink, Portland, 207-797-8207

 

Kennebunkport Bicycle Co. | 34 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport Maine. 207-385-4382

Carousel Horse Farms | Guided trail rides on horseback through 5,000 acres in the Jugtown Forest with scenic views of Mt Washington. Arrangements can be made for rides along the beach and private rides on your own property or parks that allow horses. Carousel's horses are cared for, responsive and gentle for beginners. Carriage and wagon rides are also offered – perfect for birthday parties, weddings, reunions, proposals, Christmas parties, festivals and more. 69 Leach Hill Rd Casco, ME, 207-627-4471.

 

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad l Ride along Portland's waterfront in an historic narrow gauge. Fun for all ages. 58 Fore Street, Portland. 207-828-0814. Directions Route 1N to I-295N to: Take Port Waterfront Exit. Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street. Train is near end of street before it curves away from the water (after DiMillos Restaurant).

 

Mainely Tours l Daily excursions in Portland! Enjoy a fully narrated city tour (with a stop at The Lighthouse!), a 90-minute harbor cruise, plus shopping in the Old Port. 207-774-0808.

 

Romanza Salon Day Spa and Wellness Center l Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 207-883-8338

 

Smiling Hill Farm l X-country skiing/snowshoeing. Homemade ice cream. Westbrook, 207-775-4818

 

Twentieth Century Lanes and Sports Bar l Biddeford, 207-284-0980

 

Vacationland Bowling and Recreation Center l Rt 1 Saco, 207-284-7386

 

Oxford Casino | Oxford offers 24/7 non-stop action, including state of the art slot machines and classic favorites like Texas hold em, roulette, and blackjack. Located just off Route 26 at 777 Casino Way, Oxford, Maine. 207-539-6700

 

Maine Shopping

Kittery Outlets l Just 50 minutes south of Old Orchard Beach. Over 120 outlets and the Kittery Trading Post with savings of 20-70% daily. This shopping mecca is often referred to as America's Maine Street for Outlet Shopping. 1-888-KITTERY. Directions Route 5 to I-195 to I-95S. Pay turnpike toll booth in York and Option 1) Take exit 2 By Pass (Kittery/S.Berwick). Bear right off exit and stay in left lane following signs for Kittery. When you get to traffic circle go around and take right onto Route 1N. Bear right onto Route 1N following signs for Coastal Route to outlets. Option 2) Immediately after paying toll, take exit 7 (Yorks/Berwick). Take left off exit and go to traffic light. Take right on to route 1S. Follow route 1S for 4.5 miles.

 

L.L. Bean l World famous and open 24 hours, 365 days per year. 30 minutes north in Freeport. Freeport also offers over 100 outlet stores. 207-865-1212. Freeport Outlet Directions Route 1N to I-295N which turns into I-95N. Take exit 20 or 22 (Downtown Freeport) and follow signs.

 

The Maine Mall l Over 135 stores including restaurants, theaters and more. 364 Maine Mall Road, So. Portland. 207-774-0303. Directions Get on Route 1N to I-295N to Maine Mall Road exit or Route 1N to traffic light at Route 98/1N intersection. Take left at 2nd set of Lights (Payne Road). Five miles to Maine Mall.

 

The Old Port l Portland's Historic District offers over 158 shops, 65 restaurants, 28 galleries, and numerous pubs. All located in a charming five block area lined with cobblestone streets on Portlands historic waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland. 207-772-6828. Directions Route 1N to I-295N to: Option 1: Take Exit 4 (Port Waterfront Exit). Bear right to 1A (Truck Route/Waterfront) to stop sign onto Commercial Street. Follow Commercial Street into Old Port. Option 2: Take Exit 7(Franklin Arterial). Go to your 4th set of traffic lights. Take right onto Congress Street. Take 3rd left (Exchange Street).

 

Saco Valley Shopping Center l 12 stores, 2 banks and a restaurant. Free parking. Just off Route 1, Saco.

 

Antique Shops and Auctions l All along Rt 1 in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York and Kittery.

 

Entertainment

Live Bands and Karaoke l Pier Patio Pub, Village Inn Restaurant and Brew Pub, PICS Pizza and Surf 6.

 

Fireworks Display by the Old Orchard Beach Pier Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June-Labor Day.

 

Weekly Concerts in Town Square Free Shows by the Pier in Old Orchard Beach every Mon and Tues night at 7pm in season.

 

Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater l Outdoor amphitheater featuring live entertainment throughout the summer for the entire family. Church Street, P.O. Box 285, Old Orchard Beach, 207-934-2024

 

Comedy Connection l Americas top professional stand-up comedians. 6 Custom House Wharf, In the Old Port. Portland, 207-774-5554

 

Southworth Planetarium l Shows for children and adults including laser concerts. Off I-295 Forest Ave. North to 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maines Science Building. Portland, 207-780-4249

 

Portland Symphony Orchestra l Concerts year round. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-773-8191

 

Portland Concert Association l Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, and more. 800-639-2707

 

Portland Opera Repertory Theatre l Grand Opera in Portlands magnificent Merrill Auditorium. 207-767-0773

 

Cumberland County Civic Center l Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc.

 

Children's Theater of Maine l Live theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave., Portland. 207-874-0371

 

Portland Public Library l Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland. 207-871-1707

 

Summer Theatre and Theatre

Arundel Barn Playhouse Summer Theatre l Route 1, Arundel, Tuesday Saturdays in Season, 207-985-5552 Take Route 1 South thru Saco and Biddeford and into Arundel. Go left at the light (just prior to Blue Moon Diner) - Playhouse will be 200 yards on your left.

 

City Theater l Theatrical productions. 205 Main Street, Biddeford. 207-282-0849.

 

MaineStage Shakespeare Theater l Kennebunk. Free, outdoor performances of Shakespeare plays in Lafayette Park in the heart downtown Kennebunk. In this our inaugural season we will be performing Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet and a special kid friendly version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in alternating repertory.

 

Ogunquit Playhouse Summer Stock Theatre l Rt 1 Ogunquit, 207-646-5511. Take Rt 1 South thru Saco, Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk, Wells and Ogunquit. Playhouse is on left just prior to York Town Line.

 

Saco River Grange l Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Just off Rt 117. 207-929-6472

 

Arts, Museums and Historical Societies

Old Orchard Beach Historical Society l Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Top of Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach. 207-934-9319.

 

Saco Museum l Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco. 207-282-3031.

 

Maine Maritime Museum l Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St., Bath. 207-443-1316.

 

Willowbrook at Newfield l Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Off Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield. 207-793-2784.

 

Portland

 

Portland Museum of Art l Maines largest and oldest art museum. Designed by world renowned I.M. Pei. Features fine and decorative art from the 18th century to present. 7 Congress St, Portland, 207-773-2787.

 

Portland Observatory l Not a lighthouse, it is the last maritime signal tower in the US. Built in 1807 as a communication tower for the harbor. Guided tours and exhibits. 207-774-5561

 

Childrens Museum of Maine l Exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave and Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera-Obscura-Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free Street, Portland. 207-828-1234.

 

Wadsworth-Longfellow House l Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland. 207-774-1822.

 

The Arts District Portland l cultural community along Congress Street Portland, 207-772-6828

 

Kennebunks

 

Brick Store Museum l Ship Models, Historic Displays, Rare Antiques, Paintings, Decorative Arts. 117 Main St, Kennebunk, 207-985-4802. Route One South. On left in downtown Kennebunk.

 

Walking Tours of the Kennebunkport l 1 hour Historic walking tours from the Nott House, 207-967-2513 or 2751

 

Kennebunkport Historical Society l 135 North St, Kennebunkport, 207-967-2751

 

Guided Tours of the Kennebunks l Intown Trolley - in season

 

White Columns Kennebunkport's Bush Family Legacy Museum (Formerly Nott House) l Greek Revival House Open Mid June to Mid-Oct, Dock Square, Kennebunkport, 967-2513 or 207-967-2751

 

Seashore Trolley Museum l Largest electric railway museum in the world. Tour the various displays and exhibits from carbarns to the exhibition shop. Visitors may also ride a streetcar along a rebuilt portion of the Atlantic Shore Line Railway fun for the whole family. Log Cabin Road - Kennebunkport, 207-967-2800

 

Baxter Museum l Gorham ME

In 1908, James Phinney Baxter built a public library in Gorham and opened his childhood home as a museum. Besides local artifacts, Baxter Museum displays Civil War artifacts, Annie Louise Cary memorabilia, portraits and paintings. Open June August, Tuesday and Thursdays, 10 - 1pm. Free admission. Group tours welcome.

 

The Penobscot Marine Museum l Searsport, ME

Dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and exhibition of the history of Penobscot Bay and the maritime history of Maine. It is a unique seafaring village comprised of thirteen historic and modern buildings, many of them former sea captain's homes. Extensive maritime, photographic and genealogical holdings. It is open to the public year-round for maritime and family research. The Museum offers visitors, young and old, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Maine's rich maritime heritage and includes hands-on exhibits for children.

 

Fitness Centers

Seacoast Fitness l 952 Post Road, Wells, Maine. Open 365/7 - 5am - 10pm - 207-646-6898

 

Fitness Nuthouse l Rt 1, Kennebunk - Shoppers Village. 10 minute drive.

 

Quest Fitness l 7 Shape Drive. Kennebunk, ME 04043-6601. 207-467-3800

 

Planet Fitness l Biddeford Location. Sanford Location

 

Saco Sport and Fitness l 329 North Street, Saco, 207-284-5953

 

Body Works Health and Fitness Center l 644 Main St, Saco, 207-284-9924

 

Biddeford YMCA Northern York County l Alfred Road (Rt 111), Biddeford, 207-283-0100

 

Maine Rock Gym l Indoor Climbing Gym No experience needed. 127 Marginal Way, Portland, 207-780-6370

 

Sporting Events

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway l Auto racing Saturday nights. Holmes Road, Scarborough. 207-883-5227

 

Portland Pirates Hockey l AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 207-775-3458.

 

Portland Sea Dogs Baseball l lAA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox. Home games held at Hadlock Field, Portland, from late April through early September. 207-879-9500.

 

Scarborough Downs l Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 207-883-4331

 

Driving Ranges | See Golf Courses Section

 

Micro Breweries

D.L Geary Brewing Co Inc. l 38 Evergreen Drive, Portland, 207-878-2337

 

Shipyard Ale, Federal Jacks Brew Pub l Lower Village - Kennebunk, 207-967-4322

 

Shipyard Brewing Co. l 86 Newbury St, Portland, 207-761-0807

 

Whale Tail Brewing Co. l 213 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, 207-934-7370

 

State-wide Attractions

Len Libby Handmade Candies l 419 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. 207-883-4897

 

Downeast Duck Adventures l 117 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-3825

 

Portland Walking Tours l 138 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-5561

 

Longfellow House l 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-1822

 

Tate House Museum l 2 Waldo Street, Portland, ME 04102. 207-774-6177

 

Victoria Mansion l 109 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-772-4841

 

Portland Schooner Co. l Maine State Pier, Portland, ME 04101. 877-246-6637

 

Portland Observatory | 138 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 207-774-5561

 

Portland Harbor Museum | Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106. 207-774-5561

 

Museum at Portland Head Light | 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. 207-799-2661

 

Portland Sea Dogs | Hadlock Field, 271 Park Avenue, Portland, ME 04102. 800-936-DOGS

 

Desert of Maine l Natural phenomenon, narrated tours, nature trails, museum. Open early May to mid October daily. 95 Desert Road, Freeport, 207-865-6962

 

Eartha - DeLorme | Worlds Largest Rotating Globe. Two DeLorme Dr, Yarmouth, ME 04096. 800-642-0970

 

Maine Wildlife Park | 56 Game Farm Road, Route 26, Gray ME 04039. 207-657-4977

 

Maine Maritime Museum | 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530. 207-443-1316

 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME 04537. 207-633-4333

 

Boothbay Railway Village | 586 Wiscasset Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537. 207-633-4727

 

Maine Eastern Railroad | 4 Union Street, Rockland, ME 04841. 866-637-2457

 

Bar Harbor Whale Watch | One West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 800-942-5374

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