Maine November 12, 2016
9 Legitimately Fun Things You Can Do In Maine Without Spending A Dime
Maine is beautiful, but let’s be honest: it can sometimes just cost too much to truly experience some of that. While we’re lucky to be able to venture out into our backyards and public lands, some of the things that Maine is known for actually cost money. Our nationally ranked restaurants come at big-city prices and the beautiful boat trips and overnight stays can certainly add up. So, in the spirit of bringing you the best of Maine, here are some things you can do without spending any money.
1. Sway on he Androscoggin Swinging Bridge in Topsham / Brunswick.
This pedestrian suspension bridge is over 330 feet long and very narrow. Though the bridge has been repaired a few times over the years, and many parts have been replaced, the cables are original to the 19th-century structure. The bridge was built by John A Roebling’s Sons Company, the same firm that constructed the Brooklyn Bridge. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
2. Embark on one of the Full Moon Hikes at Mt. Abram.
This nearly one hour hike will allow you to take your time as you head for the top of the peak. Then, you can choose to ski down (or enjoy a drink at the lodge) or take the lift. It's an experience worth planning! Click
3. Visit a library!
In addition to free access to books, magazines, movies and music, many have free programs that run throughout the day, all year long. Many people are surprised by the support that their local library provides to the community. Your librarian can also help you track down information that doesn't relate to books. Librarians all have masters degrees in library science, which makes them experts at research as a whole. The next time you have a question, ask your librarian to help you track down the answer! Not exciting enough? Look into checking out the night sky by borrowing a telescope from the Portland Public Library!
4. Explore the Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley.
This special museum is focused on remembering the forest industry in Maine. Visitors will experience a reconstructed logging and milling community from the 1790s, along with a special dedicated museum. The museum preserves and shares artifacts related to the history of the Maine woods. While this one isn't completely free, the low cost of $3 feels like a huge bargain. Visit them online by clicking
5. Take a stroll around Nervous Nellies Jams and Jellies in Deer Isle.
This cafe/art gallery/overall happy place will keep you entertained even longer than it takes to taste their many jams and chutneys. In fact, many people come just to see Peter Beerits' sculptural "Nelie Stories." Take a tour around the grounds to visit the evolving story and then decide if you'd like to spend some money. You can pick up something for yourself and friends in the plentiful store. Visit them at: 598 Sunshine Road / (800) 777-6845
6. Visit Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth
This 90-acre park in Cape Elizabeth encompasses numerous historical sites, including the well-known Portland Head Light. Visit at 1000 Shore Rd in Cape Elizabeth.
7. Take one of Maine's incredible hikes, such as Table Rock in Newry.
On a beautiful day for hiking, you might pass people on the way up, but looking over the edge will make you feel like the only person in Maine. This granite ledge allows you to see for miles over Grafton Notch State Park and it won't take terribly long find. Bear in mind that the hike is pretty challenging so make sure you're up to the trip. The way the ledge juts out from the mountain feels like a bit of a mystery, but by the time you get there you'll be too sweaty to worry much about it.
8. Take a gander at any of Maine's crazy roadside attractions, such as the large Paul Bunyon in Bangor.
Minnesota might lay the best claim to the largest Paul Bunyon statue, but Maine's lumber history means we deserve a piece of him looking over us as well. The statue is located in a park across from the Civic Center and stands tall at about 31 feet high.
9. Showshoeing at Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway
The 2017 Norway Snowshoe Festival will take place this winter. The seventh annual event celebrates Norway’s past as the Snowshoe Town of America. Check their
page for specific details on this upcoming event. A few of these events require a donation, but some are free as can be. Either way, it's worth it!
Ready to splurge? If you’re not on a tiny budget, but do want to be economical,
here are some things you can do for $10 or less in Maine.