THINGS TO DO IN AUBURN AND NEAR
THINGS TO DO IN AUBURN AND NEAR
Just about every sort of outdoor recreation you can think of can be experienced by staying in Auburn, from hiking, cycling, kayaking and picnicking to lobster shacks, and only 40 min (30 miles) away to beautiful coasts and a welcoming community. Byond the most sought-after attractions, there are plenty of local things to do in Auburn and near to keep you busy all day. See travel recommendations to experience the vibrant spirit that thrives within the heart of L-A, from cultural landmarks to hidden gems, the rich tapestry of history, art, entertainment, and natural beauty. To eat in Lewiston-Auburn you may like to explore Sharon's guide.
Lewiston and Auburn are considered one metropolitan entity in Maine, sister cities known to locals as LA. Lewiston is home to Bates College and their Theater and Art Museum. Summer brings outdoor concerts and festivals, parades and farmers markets.
Bates College (Lewiston) has beautiful collegiate campus and historical grounds, ranked as top 18 best colleges in the USA. Museum of Arts, its exhibitions and collections enhances the intellectual and cultural life of Bates college and LA community. Open to the public, see their schedule and a current exhibition: https://www.bates.edu/museum/about/who-we-are/
EV CHARGING STATIONS
Maine has a vast EV charging infrastructure. L-A city has 51 public charging stations, 6 of which are free EV charging stations. City Hall Parking Garage is a walk away from us, at 60 Court Street, has EV Plug (J1772) Level 2 Free cost (2 Plugs).
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
The Bates Dance Festival at Bates College held in July. The Great Falls Balloon Festival held in August. The Dempsey Challenge is a run, walk, cycle fundraiser held in September or October to benefit cancer research. The Beer Brew Festival held in July. All these festivals are attracting visitors from Maine and across the US and Canada.
275 acres the Windsor Fair (annual, late September) is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the US with attendance of over 150,000 featuring some of the best local and nationally recognized talents, exhibiting farm animals, and harness racing. The Fryeburg Fair, annually early in October, offering livestock, agriculture and farming exhibitions showing over 3,000 head of large animals.
MAINE HEIRLOOM APPLES
Besides known McIntosh and Cortland varieties, nearby orchards offer in abundance the Honeycrisp apples. Fall apples can be stored and then eaten in the winter, and if displayed on the counter, they will remind of the fall's bounty by showing off its beauty and fragrance. Local Heirloom apple orchards guide: https://www.portlandfoodmap.com/maine-heirloom-apple-guide/
Mount Apatite is known to geology lovers and rock collectors. The Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary is great for a leisurely stroll with various trails intersecting with woods, fields and meadows. In winter snowshoeing is a popular activity to explore Maine’s wilderness. Lost Valley Ski Resort focuses on year-round, family-friendly outdoor activities, including Mountain and Nordic trails, tubing and excellent snowshoeing trails.
PORTLAND FOOD MAP
Eating well is easy in Portland. In 2018 Bon Appétit named Portland “America’s foodiest small town”. In true Maine style, Portland's resilient restaurant community powers on, cooking up creative world-class fare along with inventive ways to serve to lucky diners. The definitive guide to Portland's food scene can be found here https://www.portlandfoodmap.com/list-view/.
There are many Maine State Parks near Auburn in the radius of 4 to 20+ miles offering short or long hikes, and trails for every level and length. Information about Maine and its State Parks and trails you can find in here https://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails?town=343&view=map
VISIT THE L-A MUSEUM
“Preserving and celebrating diverse stories of hard-working people and creative invention. Maine Museum of Innovation, Learning and Labor (Maine MILL) is a history and culture museum in downtown Lewiston, Maine, that celebrates extraordinary stories of work and industrial ingenuity. ” Plan your visit here: https://mainemill.org
WATCH A PLAY AT THE PUBLIC THEATER
The Public Theatre in Lewiston is a hidden gem beyond compare, an winning theater that has garnered well-deserved accolades and held the title of “The Best Theatre in Maine,” that offers remarkable performances that may leave an indelible impression on you. See schedule of its performances here: https://thepublictheatre.org/plays-events/plays/
There are many lakes around Auburn in the radius of 4-20+ miles. We are near Maine's Lakes and Mountains District. Ocean public beaches are 20-30 miles away. Kayaking is a great way to explore the Maine outdoors by water. Kayaking allows you to see birds, wildlife, and nature at its purest. Kayaks or canoes in Maine are easy to rent or join a tour group.