Things to Do in and Around Freeport

Freeport outlet shoppingThere are so many things to do in Freeport Maine and nearby areas, you will want to plan your stay to make the most of your time. We’ve supplied a sample itinerary for you to help you get started.

From art and artists to lighthouses, lobster shacks, scenic coastal views, state parks, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and so many other things, you could spend weeks without seeing it all!

Shopping

Freeport is home to L.L. Bean, who has five stores within a short distance from your Freeport Bed & Breakfast – and four of them are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Only the L.L. Bean Outlet closes (generally the Outlet hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but there are slight differences throughout the year – click here for the full schedule). Freeport Village is also home to over 160 other shops and restaurants, most within a few blocks of L.L. Bean’s locations in the center of town.

Arts

Frost Gully Gallery Freeport

The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, Rockland, Maine

Portland Museum of Art , Portland

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, Owls Head, Maine

Outdoor Activities

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, is located on Barters Island Road in Boothbay, Maine. 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.

Adventure
L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs.
Learn to fly fish, paddle a canoe or kayak, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or practice archery or clay target shooting.

Bird Watching
Mast Landing Bird Sanctuary.
A serene Maine Audubon Society property perfect for walking, enjoying a picnic and bird watching.

Gisland Farm Sanctuary.
A Maine Audubon Society property with nature trails winding through meadows, woods and estuaries. Enjoy art exhibits and an extensive collection of mounted mammals and birds representative of Maine’s ecosystems.

Beach
Winslow Memorial Park.
Freeport’s town park has a beach with nature trails, a picnic area with tables, grills, volleyball court, playground and sheltered or open group function area, all with pretty coastal views.

Animals
Wolfe’s Neck Farm.
Cows, pigs, sheep and chickens are at this public organic farm situated on the shore of Casco Bay. Watch a calf being born (April) and walk in the wooded nature trails.

Hiking
Healthy Walks near Freeport

Wolfe’s Neck State Park.
Hike nature trails around the peninsula’s perimeter, climb on the rocks and try to spot an osprey while enjoying the magnificent views.

Androscoggin River Bicycle & Pedestrian Path is a 2.63 mile paved bicycle and walking path along the Androscoggin River. It is maintained year round, and open 24 hrs. (Parking at the Water Street entrance is open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset).

Desert
Desert of Maine.
Visit the 1797 William Tuttle farm. After successful years growing potatoes, severe soil erosion occurred on this land exposing a veritable desert. Most of the farm’s buildings have been curried by sand, but the 200 year old barn houses the Farm Museum.

Boating
Captain Fish’s Whale Watch, Boothbay Harbor
Hardy Boat, New Harbor
Monhegan Boat Line, Port Clyde

Parks
Bradbury Mountain State Park.
Hike a small mountain and see an enormous view.

Reid State Park.
Enjoy magnificent scenery, crashing surf and a tidal area for children at this wonderful beach.

Popham Beach State Park.
Panoramic views and a small rocky island to explore, this beach is a spectacular example of Maine scenery.

Wolfe’s Neck State Park.
Hike nature trails around the peninsula’s perimeter, climb on the rocks and try to spot an osprey while enjoying the magnificent views.

Sightseeing

In addition to the beaches, state parks, and other items on this page, of course Maine is known for its lighthouses and lobster shacks! Nearly every town has at least one lobster shack, and Freeport is no exception, with Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster, on the South Freeport wharf.

There also several of Maine’s picturesque lighthouses within an easy drive of Freeport, including Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights), Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble), Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Marshall Point Lighthouse (made famous in the film “Forrest Gump”), Owls Head Lighthouse and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. A bit farther afield are Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, or even West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Of course, there are others, as well.

History

The Freeport Historical Society is located in the historic Harrington House, on Freeport’s Main Street.

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 Artic Museum.
Part of Bowdoin College, its exhibits feature the history of the North Pole expeditions of these famous explorers.

Your innkeepers will be happy to assist you with more information.