- The list below includes 104 free or cheap things to do in or near Castine, Maine, including 64 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, National & State Parks, Hiking Trails and History Museums.
- From Dyce Head Foot Path to Fort George State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Castine and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Deer Isle, Camden, Belfast and Ellsworth.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many families used Castine, Maine, as their vacation destination, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Visitors to Main Street can see many restored buildings where small businesses and art galleries are located.
Castine Kayak Adventures offers kayaking instruction, day trips, overnight trips, and sales. Yankee Magazine and DownEast Magazine have awarded the company for having the best night paddles, known as bioluminescent paddles.
The Wilson Museum features exhibits to help people understand the growth of man's ability to make tools from the Paleolithic times to the Native Americans. Visitors see rocks, shells, ship models, reconstructed 1905 kitchen, and a Victorian Parlor.
Visitors can learn about the history of Castine at the Castine Historical Society by looking at maps, photographs, artifacts, essays, and books, particularly about the Penobscot Expedition, a Revolutionary War battle. The facility also hosts special exhibits on a regular basis.
Castine Historical Handworks is a quaint gift shop that celebrates traditional craftsmen and artists from the local areas in and around New England. Jewelry, photography, bird carvings, metal work, and fruit preserves are amongst the many offerings.