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Explore Maine Coast Attractions at and Around Our Location at Freeport

Maine Coast attractions in and near Freeport include art galleries, botanical gardens, museums, the Old Port, lighthouses, lobstering tours, and much more.

Art

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, is located on Barters Island Road in Boothbay. Even in winter, there are sights to see and trails to walk or snowshoe. Come spring, revel in the brilliant color and masterful stonework in the spectacular Central Gardens, Rhododendron & Perennial Garden, Shoreland Garden of Native Plants, and Hillside Garden. Walk groomed trails along the shore and on ledge-lined paths on our 248-acre waterfront landscape.

Museums

  • Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Museum – See the home of the great Civil War hero who was also the President of Bowdoin college and Governor of Maine
  • Peary-MacMillian Arctic Museum – Part of Bowdoin College, its exhibits feature the history of the North Pole expeditions of these famous explorers.
  • Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum – The nation’s only Shaker village which is still functioning as a religious community. Take a guided tour of the village, which is home to the few remaining Shakers in the United States.
  • Victoria Mansion – The interiors of this fifteen room 1860 Italian Villa style National Historic Landmark will dazzle you. The Museum shop has unique Victorian style gifts.
  • Wadsworth Longfellow House – Tour the childhood home of Maine’s most famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Located at 487 Congress Street, it was the first brick house in Portland.
  • Owls Head Transportation Museum

Other Maine Coast Attractions

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • Portland Sea Dogs – Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox
  • Lucky Catch Lobstering – Captain Tom will guide you through the daily routines of a Maine lobsterman, while enjoying closeup views of historic lighthouses and Civil War forts.
  • The Old Port – You will be surrounded by historic buildings as you walk along the cobblestone streets. Shop in eclectic stores and dine in a multitude of restaurants of every type.
  • Southworth Planetariun – Owned and operated by the University of Southern Maine, it offers public astronomy shows on a wide range of topics. Laser light shows and children’s shows are not to be missed.
  • Blueberry Pond Observatory – See the moon, planets, asteroids, nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and more using the same technology as the Hubble Telescope.

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