Free Things to Do in Maine

Free Things to Do in Maine

top things to do that wont cost a penny

beaches, parks, and outdoor activities

TUNE WITH A VIEW Summer skies fill with music at free concerts throughout the region.

ART & ABOUT On the first Friday of each month, Portland art galleries and the art museum open their doors and Congress Street is lined with performers and artists selling their creations for First Friday Art Walk.

First Friday Exhibit, Photo Credit: Corey Templeton
First Friday Exhibit, Photo Credit: Corey Templeton

SEAS THE DAY You can take a dip at East End Beach on the Portland peninsula or on the campus of Southern Maine Community College and at Willard Beach, both in South Portland. Bring a kayak and explore the bay.

TAKE A HIKE Over 70 miles of trails in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, and Falmouth offer a diversity of settings from woodland escapes to waterfront wanderings, visit Portland Trails website.

Family Walking Trail, Photo Credit: Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld
Family Walking Trail, Photo Credit: Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld

LEAD YOURSELF Immerse yourself in architecture with self-guided walking tours of four Portland neighborhoods by downloading the interactive maps from Portland Landmarks.

GO FLY A KITE At Bug Light Park in South Portland and Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, the lawns are wide and perfect for getting aloft alongside the water.

STARS UNDER THE STARS During the summer, L.L.Bean presents national headliner acts and local favorites at Discovery Park in downtown Freeport.

FLAMING INTEREST Visit the Portland Fire Museum, located in the former quarters of Engine #4, and filled with artifacts preserving the history of firefighting in Portland.

A WALK IN THE PARK Deering Oaks Park provides abundant shade for hot summer days and colorful fall foliage. Highlights include a duck pond with fountain, playgrounds, restrooms, and stunning rose gardens.

Deering Oaks Park, Photo Credit: CFW Photography
Deering Oaks Park, Photo Credit: CFW Photography

GO UNDERGROUND Follow the 16 markers of the Portland Freedom Trail to learn about the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movement in Maine. 


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