Southern Maine Coast Area Attractions
Palace Playland - Proudly Maine's beachfront amusement park. This amusement park hosts an expansive arcade, Kiddieland, & Galaxy Coaster and carousel as well as Fireworks every Thusday night by the Pier. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, Old Orchard Beach, 934-2001.
Funtown/Splashtown U.S.A - Family waterpark and amusement park, voted one of the cleanest in the US. Maine's only wooden roller coaster, Excalibur, is ranked among the top 10 in the world. Funtown has it all from games, rides, arcades, giftshops, pools, slides, and eating facilities. Open on weekends in Sept and May, and daily starting early June. Unlimited ride pass, slide pass or combination pass and group rates. Free parking off of Rt. 1, Saco, 284-5139.
Aquaboggan Park - Waterslides, bumper boats, gigantic wave pool, mini golf and more! Rt. 1, Saco, 282-3112.
York's Wild Kingdom - Zoo and theme park, Rt. 1 York, 363-3883.
KENNEBUNKPORT HARBOR BOATING - FISHING - KAYAKING - LOBSTER BOAT TOURS - SAILING
Pineapple Ketch Sailing Excursions - Gorgeous two hours of sailboat cruises along shores of Kennebunkport shore. Departs daily from Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, 207-468-7262.
Schooner Eleanor - Sail aboard a Maine built schooner from Kennebunkport. Two hour trips take you down the historic Kennebunk River to sea. Enjoy the peace and quiet of cruising under sail. Learn local maritime history, help work the sails, or just sit back, relax. Join Captain Rich Woodman aboard his traditional Gaff Rig Schooner. Daily departures from the docks of the Arundel Wharf Restaurant. 43 Ocean Ave. Kennebunkport 207-967-8809
Whale Watch - 4 hours of tours departing twice a day in July and August. Just South of Rt 9 (Kennebunkport Bridge) behind Mobil/Big Apple Station, Kennebunk Lower Village, 967-5507, 1-800-767-2628.
Kayak Excursions - Full service kayak tours and rental company based in Kennebunkport in Southern Maine. Servingtowns from York to Portland. Guided Tours as well as Kayak rentals delivered and launched to the location of your choice.
Scenic Lobster Boat Cruise - 1½ hour scenic cruise viewing harbor seals, Walker's Point and lobster hauls. 967-5507.
Libreti Rose II - Fishing Charter Tours - Captain Bruce looks forward to having you, your family, friends, and children of all ages, onboard the Libreti Rose II, for a memorable fishing experience. Private fishing charters close to shore designed for the time YOU have available. Our most popular trip is the four hour near shore, for stripers, bluefish and mackerel. We also offer a two and three hour trips ideal for families with children. Comfortable seating, great shelter from any elements and private bathroom aboard. Departs daily from the Nonantum Resort Marina, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME. 207-432-4349
Lady J Sportfishing Charters - Captain Adam Littell, Registered Maine Master Guide. Arundel Wharf, 985-7304.
Chicks Marina - Boat Launch and Boat Slip Rentals. Seasonal and Transient Marina. Kennebunkport, 967-2782.
Kennebunkport Marina - Boat launch, Boat Slip, Power Boating, Canoeing and Kayaing Rentals. fishing Tackle, Bait and other supplies, Boat Repair and Service. 207-967-3411.
Bay View Cruises – 66' - 117 passenger boat with scheduled cruises. 184 Commercial St., Portland, 761-0496.
Casco Bay Lines - Narrated cruises on Casco Bay with year-round daily ferry service to five Casco Bay Islands. Casco Bay Ferry Terminal at Commercial and Franklin St., Portland, 774-7871.
Coast Watch & Guiding Light Navigation – Cruises to Eagle Island daily, 170 Commercial St., Portland, 774-6498.
Lucky Catch Lobstering – Experience lobstering like the fisherman do. 170 Commercial St., Portland, 233-2026.
Old Port Mariner – Take a Scenic Cruise, go Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing. Long Wharf, Commercial St., Portland, 775-0727.
Maine Island Kayak Co. – Half day to 7 day trips. Peaks Island, 776-2373
MORE SOUTHERN MAINE COAST WATER ACTIVITIES
Rock N' Reel Sports Charters - 21 Snow Rd., Scarborough, 883-1015.
Trina Lyn Fishing Charter - Up to 4 people can be catered to a private sport fishing charter within 5 minutes of Old Orchard Beach. P.O. Box 431, Camp Ellis, Saco, 284-2352/cell phone 283-2352.
Steve Brettell - With a licensed Coast Guard Captain, go striper fishing in the ocean of Kennebunkport . 336 Guinea Rd., Biddeford, 283-4129
Casco Bay Sailing - Recreational and sailing excursions from Camp Ellis. 14 Beach Ave, Saco, 283-1624.
Gone with the Wind – Kayaking rentals, lessons, and equipment, Biddeford, 283-8446.
Canoe Trips - Explore Maine'slargest salt marsh, abundant and unexpected wildlife sightings at Scarborough Marsh Nature Center by canoe. . Rt. 9, Scarborough, 883-5100.
STATE PARKS, WILDLIFE REFUGE AND OUTDOOR WALKS
Ferry Beach State Park - 117 acres of quiet beach and maintained nature trails. Lodging and Camping available at nearby Ferry Beach Assoc.
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center - Maine's largest salt marsh offers guided and self guided canoe tours to sight shorebirds and wildlife. View slide shows and exhibits. Rt. 9, Scarborough, 883-5100.
Gilsland Farm - Maine Audubon Sanctuary great for walking trails, field trips including a gift shop. North of Portland in Falmouth off Rt. 1, 781-2330.
Maine Wildlife Park - See Maine's Wildlife: eagles, bear, cougars, Moose, deer, and more on a Nature Trail and Display. R.t 26, 56 Game Farm Rd., Gray, 657-4977.
Wells National Estuarine Reserve at Laudholm Farm - 1600 acres of research reserve and seven miles of spectacular marsh walkways and trails along marshes, fields, and wetlands. Open year-round, visit the 19th century saltwater farm, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge area, Laudholm Farm Visitors Center, and exhibits. 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells, 646-1555.
Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve - Open to bird watching and self-guided tours from dawn until dusk. Rt. 9 Kennebunk/Wells Town line, 646-1555.
Marginal Way Scenic Walk - Ogunquit one mile path along coast. Ends in Perkins Cove.
Cape Elizabeth Light/Two Lights State Park - Visit two lighthouses overseeing the ocean on the rocky coastline. Off Rt. 77 in Cape Elizabeth. Directions: Take Rt. 1N to traffic light at Oak Hill (intersection Rt. 1N & Rt. 207) Take right onto Rt. 207 (Black Point Rd.). Follow almost to the end and take a left onto Rt. 77. Follow Rt. 77 to Two Lights Rd. on right.
Goat Island Lighthouse - Built in 1834. Best viewed from Cape Porpoise Pier. Follow directions for Wood Island Light but stay on Rt. 9 toward Kennebunkport. When you come into Cape Porpoise, take a left at the Stop Sign where Rt. 9 makes a 90-degree right hand turn. Drive half amile to end/Pier and park.
Portland Head Light and Museum - Maine's oldest lighthouse built 1791, was commissioned by George Washington. Picnic areas and museum with nearby trails among Fort Williams Park. 1000 Shore Rd. (off Rt. 77) Cape Elizabeth. 799-2661. Directions – Option One: Follow directions to Cape Elizabeth Light continuing beyond Two Lights Rd. on Rt. 77 to Shore Rd./Portland Headlight. Option Two: Take Rt. 1N to 295N to Old Port/Waterfront Exit and stay to left. Take Danforth St. through 3-4 traffic lights. Take right on State St. and cross over Casco Bay bridge onto Broadway St. Take right at second traffic light (Cottage Rd.) to Shore Rd. Headlight is on left. On a clear day, you can see six area lights.
Wood Island Lighthouse – Take Rt. 1S to Rt. 9 (Main St./Saco). Go thru downtown area passing over Saco River and past Saco Island. At bottom of hill past river bear right. Taking next left onto Rt. 9 (Hill St.). Take left at first set of traffic lights (Pool Rd./Rt. 9/Rt. 208). Follow Rt. 208 to end. Take left on Rt. 208 through Biddeford Pool and lighthouse is on right.
MINIATURE GOLF COURSES
Pirates Cove Adventure Golf - 36 championship hole miniature golf and a close walk to the beach. 70 First St., Old Orchard Beach, 934-5086.
Cascade Golf Range - Rt. 1 Saco, 282-352.
Schooners Mini-Golf - 58 Ocean Park Rd., Saco, 284-6174.
Sunset Ridge Golf Course and Sports Park - Mini golf and driving range including shuffle board, batting cages, tennis, swimming pool, basketball. 853 Cumberland St., Westbrook, 854-9463
RECREATION, HORSEBACK RIDING, BOWLING AND MORE
Biddeford-Saco Ice Arena - Open to the public Friday night 6:30-8:30pm, 283-0615. Get on Rt 1 South and drive through Saco and Biddeford. When you get to Rt 9 (at a five way intersection). Go right on Rt. 9 following signs for I-95. Go 2 miles and Arena is on right, prior to the entrance to I-95 (set back off the road).
Kennebunkport Bicycle Co. - 34 Arundel Road, Kennebunkport Maine. 207-385-4382
Desert of Maine – Natural phenomenon, narrated tours, nature trails, museum. Open early May to mid October daily. 95 Desert Rd., Freeport, 865-6962.
Farmers Market - Saco Valley Shopping Center Parking Lot. Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning in season.
Harris Farm Cross County Ski Center - 40 km maintained trails for X-C and snowshoeing as well as ice skating pond. Rentals and lunch available. with maple sugaring in March. 30 minutes from Old Orchard Beach just off Rt. 35. 252 Buzzell Rd., Dayton, 499-2678.
Happy Wheels Skate Center - Roller skating rink, Portland, 797-8207.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad - Tour Portland's waterfront on an historic narrow gauge for all ages to enjoy. 58 Fore St., Portland, 828-0814. Directions – Rt. 1N to I-295N to: Take Old Port Waterfront Exit. Bear right at Rt. 1A at stop sign onto Commercial St. Follow Commercial St. railroad is near end of street before it curves away from the water (after DiMillos Restaurant).
Romanza Salon – Day Spa and Wellness Center. Pine Point ad., Scarborough, 883-8338.
Smiling Hill Farm – Explore X-country skiing and snowshoeing trails with homemade ice cream. Westbrook, 775-4818.
Twentieth Century Lanes and Sports Bar - Biddeford, 284-0980.
Vacationland Bowling and Recreation Center - Rt. 1 Saco, 284-7386.
Balloon Rides - HotAirBalloon.com. 17 Freeman St., Portland, 1-800-952-2076
Kittery Outlets - Referred to as "America's Maine Street for Outlet Shopping" with 20-70% daily savings in over 120 outlets including the Kittery Trading Post.
L.L. Bean - World renowned and open 24hrs/365 days per year. Freeport also hosts over one hundred outlet stores.
The Maine Mall - Hosts over 140 stores, restaurants and theaters. 364 Maine Mall Rd., So. Portland, 774-0303.
The Old Port - Find hundreds of shops, galleries and varying bars, pubs and restaurants in this Historic Portland District lined with cobblestone and brick on the waterfront. 400 Congress St., Portland, 772-6828.
Antique Shops and Auctions – Dotted along Rt 1 in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York and Kittery.
Live Bands and Karaoke - Pier Patio Pub, Village Inn Restaurant & Brew Pub, PICS Pizza and Surf 6.
Fireworks Display by the Pier – Every Thursday at 9:30pm from late June through Labor Day.
Weekly Concerts in Town Square – Free Shows by the Pier every Monday and Tuesday, 7pm in season.
Salvation Army Pavilion Amphitheater - In the summer, enjoy live entertainment. Church St., P.O. Box 285, Old Orchard Beach, 934-2024
Comedy Connection –America's top stand-up comedians. 6 Custom House Wharf, Old Port. Portland, 774-5554
Southworth Planetarium - Children and adults enjoy shows including laser concerts. Off I-295 Forest Ave., North to 96 Falmouth St., University of Southern Maine's Science Building. Portland, 780-4249
Portland Symphony Orchestra - Year round concerts. Special events. 30 Myrtle St., Portland, 773-8191
Portland Concert Association - Dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, and more. 1-800-639-2707
Portland Opera Repertory Theatre – Grand Opera in Portland's magnificent Merrill Auditoriu,. 767-0773
Cumberland County Civic Center – Music Concerts, Sporting Events Etc.
Vinegar Hill Music Theatre - 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, Maine. A music venue in an historic barn, bringing top local and national talent to an intimate Maine concert setting during the summer season.
Children's Museum and Theater of Maine - Live theater for adults and children. 25A Forest Ave., Portland, 874-0371
Portland Public Library - Story telling and entertainment for children. 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1707
Cinemagic – Twelve-screen, stadium seating, digital stereo theater and arcade. Rt. 1, Saco, 282-6234
Smitty's Cinema Pub - 5 Points Shopping Center, Rt. 111, Biddeford, 888-580-2211.
Maine Mall Cinema - Maine Mall Rd., S. Portland, 774-1022.
City Theater - Theatrical productions. 205 Main St., Biddeford, 282-0849.
Ogunquit Playhouse – Stock Summer Theatre, R.t 1 Ogunquit, 646-5511. Take Rt. 1 South through Saco, Biddeford, Arundel, Kennebunk, Wells and Ogunquit. Playhouse is on left in Ogunquit just prior to York Town Line.
Saco River Grange – Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Just off Rt. 117, 929-6472
ARTS, MUSEUMS AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Old Orchard Beach Historical Society - Features historical memorabilia on the Old Orchard Beach area since the 17th Century. Top of Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach, 934-9319.
Saco Museum - Paintings, decorative art, tools, period furniture, etc. from 18th century to present. 371 Main St., Saco, 282-3031.
Maine Maritime Museum - Historic shipyard site and maritime history building on Kennebec River. 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316.
Willowbrook at Newfield - Restored 19th Century Village with 36 buildings and 11,000 artifacts including 1894 carousel. Off Rt. 11 on Main St., Newfield, 793-2784.
Portland Museum of Art – Maine's 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 S.t, Portland, 773-2787.
Portland Observatory – 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. 774-5561
Children's Museum of Maine - Exhibits. Toddler Park, Cave & Farm, Interactive Science Exhibits, Space Shuttle, Camera-Obscura-Theater. Fun for all ages. 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234.
Victoria Mansion - One of America's most significant Victorian homes. All interiors are original and quite spectacular. 109 Danforth St., Portland, 772-4841.
Wadsworth-Longfellow House - Boyhood home of the famed 19th Century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Seasonal. 485 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.
The Arts District – Portland's cultural community along Congress St., Portland, 772-6828
KENNEBUNKS (Museums, Historical Societies)
Brick Store Museum - Ship models, historic displays, rare antiques, paintings, decorative arts. 117 Main S.t, Kennebunk, 985-4802. Rt. 1 South. On left in downtown Kennebunk.
Walking Tours of the Kennebunkport - One hour Historic walking tours from the Nott House, 967-2513 or 2751
Kennebunkport Historical Society - 135 North S.t, Kennebunkport, 967-2751
Guided Tours of the Kennebunks. Intown Trolley - in season
Nott House - Greek Revival House – Open Mid June to Mid-October, Dock Square, Kennebunkport, 967-2513 or 967-2751
Seashore Trolley Museum – Largest collection of trolley cars in the world. Countryside rides on historic rides. Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport, 967-2800
Seacoast Fitness - 952 Post Road, Wells, Maine. Open 365/7 - 5am - 10pm - 207-646-6898.
Fitness Nuthouse - Rt 1, Kennebunk - Shoppers Village. 10 minute drive.
Quest Fitness - 7 Shape Drive. Kennebunk, ME 04043-6601. 207-467-3800
Planet Fitness - Biddeford Location and Sanford Location
Saco Sport & Fitness - 329 North St., Saco, 284-5953
Body Works Health and Fitness Center - 644 Main St., Saco, 284-9924
Biddeford YMCA Northern York County - Alfred Rd., (Rt 111), Biddeford, 283-0100
Maine Rock Gym Indoor Climbing Gym – No experience needed. 127 Marginal Way, Portland, 780-6370
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway - Auto racing every Saturday night. Holmes Rd., Scarborough. 883-5227.
Portland Pirates Hockey - AHL affiliate of NHL Washington Capitals. Play in Cumberland County Civic Center. Regular Season: October to early April. 775-3458.
Portland Sea Dogs Baseball - AA Farm Team for the Boston Red Sox. Home games held at Hadlock Field, Portland, from late April through early September. 879-9500.
Scarborough Downs - Seasonal harness racing, Rt. 1, Scarborough. 883-4331.
D.L. Geary Brewing Co Inc. - 38 Evergreen Dr., Portland, 878-2337
Federal Jacks Brew Pub - Shipyard Beer, Lower Village - Kennebunk, 967-4322
Shipyard Brewing Co. - 86 Newbury St., Portland, 761-0807