19th Century Willowbrook Village (formerly Willowbrook at Newfield), Newfield, Maine
Willowbrook at Newfield is a complex of restored buildings which represent a 19th century village. Numerous exhibits feature rural Maine and New England daily life from historic houses to historic trade shops to a red schoolhouse and more. Unique objects include an 1894 operating wooden carousel, over 60 restored carriages and sleighs, the second oldest Concord Coach in the nation, and a roadable airplane.Willowbrook is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gilsland Farm Sanctuary and Environmental Center, Falmouth, Maine
The Gilsland Farm Sanctuary covers more than 65 acres and is owned and managed by the Maine Audubon Society. The land includes meadows, woodlands, orchards, and a marsh. There are two miles of hiking trails at the sanctuary.There is a Environmental Center Building with birds exhibits, a Children's Discovery Room, a Teachers' Resource Center, and a Nature Store.
Freeport (pop. 7,800) is a popular summer tourist destination featuring shops and restaurants, beaches, and outdoor recreational opportunities. The town is known as the "Birthplace of Maine" - where legislators signed the paper granting Maine independence from Massachusetts and later statehood. Freeport is home to the sporting goods store LL Bean.
Mast Landing Sanctuary
The Mast Landing Sanctuary covers 140 acres and is known as the area where the British Navy got their ship masts. Today, the land is home to a variety of animals including porcupine, mink, fisher, deer and moose. Also on the property are the remains of an historic dam and mill.
Atlantic Seal Cruises
Atlantic Seal Cruises offers a variety of cruises including wildlife viewing trips, sightseeing excursions to Eagle Island State Park, and other trips varying in length from 1 1/2 to 6 hours. Ask about their Downeast Lobster and Clambakes.
Desert of Maine
The Desert of Maine area in Freeport consists of moving sand dunes which have been growing for the past 100 years. Some dunes reach more than 70 feet.The land is privately owned and an admission is charged.
York Wild Kingdom, York Beach, Maine
York Wild Kingdom features a variety of animals from around the world. Rides, mini golf, and other amusement facilities are also available but have more limited hours than the zoo.
Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor, Maine
The Sayward-Wheeler House was built in 1718 in York Harbor and was the home of Jonathan Sayward. He was involved in the attack on the French fortress at Louisbourg and some of the items on display in the house were items he brought back from this expedition. Also on display are original furnishings and family portraits.
Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
The Portland Head Light is in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. It began operation in 1791 and was the first light to be completed after the founding of the United States. Today it is one of the oldest continuous operating lighthouses in the USA. There are a museum and walking trails in the area.
Kittery (pop. 9,500) is home to a number of historic sites, including Fort Foster. The town was a major shipbuilding center and has launched a number of important sea vessels, including the first American submarine and the first ship to fly the Stars and Stripes.The town also boasts some of the oldest houses in Maine.
Fort McClary State Historic Site
The Fort McClary State Historic Site dates to the early 1700s with modifications in the mid 1800s. The site encompasses 27 acres and offers picnic facilities.
Fifth Maine Regiment Center, Peaks Island, Maine
The Fifth Maine Regiment Center on Peaks Island is a Civil War Memorial and Cultural Center. The Memorial Hall was built in 1888 and was the Headquarters of the Fifth Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry 1861-1864. Today it serves as a Civil War and history museum.
Portland Harbor Museum (merged with Maine Maritime Museum), South Portland, Maine
Yarmouth Historical Society and Museum of History, Yarmouth, Maine
The Yarmouth Museum of History offers displays on the history of the area and includes photographs, clothing, furniture, documents, and other historical artifacts.Also of interest in Yarmouth is a 40 foot rotating globe in the entrance of Delorme, a mapping company.
Androscoggin Historical Society Museum, Auburn, Maine
The Androscoggin Historical Society Museum in Auburn contains a variety of exhibits related to the history of the area, including American Indian artifacts, natural history displays, Civil War items, photographs and farming equipment.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum, New Gloucester, Maine
The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum is in the complex of one of the last remaining functioning Shaker villages. Six buildings in the complex contain exhibits on the history of the Shaker community and are open to the public.
Bath (pop. 9,000) has been a ship-building center since the early 17th century. Today nuclear naval vessels are produced at Bath Iron Works.The town also features an historic district with a number of older buildings including Greek Revival and Victorian mansions which were once the homes of sea captains and merchants.
Chocolate Church Arts Center
The Chocolate Church Arts Center offers concerts, gallery shows and theater productions, workshops and special events. Chocolate Church Art Gallery features year-round exhibits of many of Maine's visual artists.
Maine Maritime Museum
The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is located on the site of an old shipyard. The Maritime History Building displays a collection of paintings, models, and artifacts pertaining to ships.
Address: 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530-1638, United States
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $12.00, Senior over 65 $11.00, Students $9.00, Child 17 & under $9.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Boothbay - Grand Banks Schooner Museum
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and Fishermen's Museum, Bristol, Maine
The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was built in 1826 and marks the entrance to Muscongus Bay and John Bay. Pemaquid Point was responsible for many ship wrecks prior the building of the lighthouse. Today it is a major attraction in Maine and receives almost 100,000 visitors each year.The keepers house has been converted into the Fishermen's Museum. On display are items related to the local maritime history.
Hardy III Boat Tour, New Harbor, Maine
The Hardy III Boat Tour offers cruises of varying length of the area including trips to Monhegan Island, seal watching and puffin watching cruises.
Josephine Newman Sanctuary, Georgetown, Maine
The Josephine Newman Sanctuary covers 119 acres and is owned and managed by the Maine Audubon Society. The land includes tidal mud flats, forest, and marshland and incorporates hiking trails.
Biddeford (pop. 22,000) is located just south of Portland and is an important manufacturing center. The city has close ties with its sister city Saco. The restored 1895 opera house is interesting.
East Point Sanctuary
The East Point Sanctuary has a coastal trail along this 30 acre sanctuary offers some of the best bird watching in the state. The area is owned and managed by the Maine Audubon Society.Nearby Wood Island and Stage Island, accessible only by boat, are important bird colonies.
Saco (pop. 17,000) is located in southwestern Maine and is the sister city to Biddeford. Saco is a major industrial center and a popular area for outdoor recreation. The nearby Saco River has fishing and water sports. Ferry Beach State Park is located along the banks of the river and offers 117 acres of recreational space.
The Saco Museum houses an extensive collection of historical items from the late 1700s and early 1800s, including furniture, paintings, textiles, glass and silver. The museum also offers art classes and other programs.
Aquaboggan Water Park
The Aquaboggan Water Park leisure park near Saco features a wave pool, go carts, mini golf, rides and waterslides.
The Dyer Library in Saco contains books, documents, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, an audio visual library and other records on the history of the town.
Address: 371 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072-1520, United States
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm; Tue: 9:30am-8pm; Thu: 9:30am-8pm; Sat: 9:30am-12:30pm; Closed: Sun
Useful tips: Roy P. Fairfield Maine History Room Hours: Monday: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday: noon-4 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday: 9:30 a.m.-noon; 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Bridgton Museum and Archives, Bridgton, Maine
The Bridgton Museum and Archives contains information on the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad of 1883-1941. Also on display is a 1911 Sears "Horseless Carriage", more commonly known as an automobile.
Ogunquit (pop. 1,200) is a popular summer resort with plenty of shops and restaurants. The area offers dramatic scenery with rocky shoreline and cliffs, as well as a beach.
John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse opened in 1933 when Walter and Maude Hartwig brought a performing arts company to Ogunquit. The current playhouse was opened in 1937 and contiues today as a premier destination for Broadway classics and children's theatre.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art features the works of American artists in permanent and changing exhibits.
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center, Scarborough, Maine
The Marsh Nature Center covers more than 3,100 acres of salt marsh and is home to birds, mink, muskrat, deer and other wildlife. Walking trails and canoe tours provide access to the area.
Marrett House, Standish, Maine
The Marrett House was built in 1789 and owned by the Rev Daniel Marrett. Antique furniture and a letter written by Helen Keller are the major attractions on display in the house.
Woolwich Historical Society Rural Museum, Woolwich, Maine
The Woolwich Historical Society Rural Museum is located in an early 1800s home. The museum features a variety of old household items, furniture and farming equipment.
Maine Wildlife Park, Gray, Maine
The Maine Wildlife Park displays wildlife native to Maine and also cares for injured or orphaned animals.
Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics (closed), Sebago, Maine
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics features a collection of glass and ceramic decorative arts from around the world.
Westbrook is a suburb of Portland with the Presumpscot River flowing through the center of the city. There are a number of parks and recreational areas.
Peekaboo Children's Center
The Peekaboo Children's Center is a 5,100 sq.ft. indoor playground (for children ages 0-5) that focuses on learning through purposeful play. Displays include wooden structures; colorful themed rooms such as a dolls' pink room, construction zone, music room, and nature corner; a large hand-made train table is available; infants' space; child-size doll house; play kitchen; ball pit; enclosed trampoline; and an eight foot-long paint wall.