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. Even beyond the most sought-after attractions, there are plenty of local things to do in Auburn and near to keep your attention.
Lewiston and Auburn are considered one metropolitan entity in Maine, sister cities known to locals as LA. Home Bates College Lewiston offers diversity and cultural amenities of Bates Theater and Art Museum. Seated on the Androscoggin River, Lewiston-Auburn is a pretty site for a picnic, boat launches, trophy fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Summer brings outdoor concerts and festivals, parades and farmers markets.
You may wish to visit Bates College in Lewiston with its beautiful collegiate campus and historical grounds, ranked as top 25 best colleges in the USA. The Bates College Museum of Art displays work of various mediums, showcasing art local to Maine and the greater Americas.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
The Bates Dance Festival is held annually at Bates College in July. Lewiston annual The Great Falls Balloon Festival Festival attracting visitors from across the US and Canada, held in August. The Dempsey Challenge is a run, walk, cycle fundraiser held annually in September or October to benefit cancer research. Beer Brew Festival every summer becomes popular among locals and visitors.
Encompassing 275 acres the Windsor Fair is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the US with attendance of over 150,000 and daily entertainment featuring some of the best local and nationally recognized talents. A huge exhibit of farm animals and harness racing occurs. Held annually at the end of September. The Fryeburg Fair also occurs annually early in October, and is considered to be one of the best agricultural fairs in the U.S. offering livestock, agriculture and farming exhibitions with over 3,000 head of large animals.
MAINE HEIRLOOM APPLES
Every year, as the McIntosh and Cortland with which many of us are intimately familiar ripen in orchards across Maine, there are dozens of apple varieties nearby ready to be consumed that have been all but forgotten Honeycrisp to steal the show. Apples that can be stored and then eaten in the winter; and the beauty of apples may be tempting to keep them on the counter indefinitely as a reminder of the fall’s bounty. Maine Heirloom apple orchards guide could be found here https://www.portlandfoodmap.com/maine-heirloom-apple-guide/.
We are near Maine's Lakes and Mountains District that offers the area’s best bass fishing. Mount Apatite is known to geology lovers by its beautiful formations of feldspar, smoky quartz, tourmaline, and apatite. The Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary is great for a leisurely stroll with various trails intersecting with fields and meadows. For those who want winter activities the snowshoeing is popular activity to explore Maine’s wilderness all winter long. Lost Valley Ski Resort focus 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 you can find in here https://www.visitmaine.net/best-state-parks-in-maine/.
There are many lakes around Auburn in the radius of 4-20+ miles. 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.